Pastor's Message

Pastor's Message


Pastro's Message Together we will build and grow! My first Sunday and first week was exciting and encouraging. I could see the spirit of unity and vitality within the members and community. Congratulations to Ligory Achan, Trustees (Kaikkarens), Committee members for your excellent leadership, coordination and hard work in forming this community and buying this new church facility as well! I am glad that Bishop Angadiath has appointed me as your Pastor/Vicar, and take it as a privilege and honor to me. This is the 7th parish I am working. Though I came in 1993 to Chicago, actually my journey of ministry for the American Syro - Malabar families started in 1994 for the people in Detroit, then in Dallas (1999-2003), Miami (2003-2009), Philadelphia (2009-2013), S. Jersey and Delaware (2013-2017). Long Island Syro Malabar community is one of the top Syro Malabar communities in the country and we are the 3rd largest parish of our diocese as well. The long history of its struggle for existence, the hard and zealous work of the parents and grandparents made us all to come this far, keeping our faith and tradition. I appreciate Fr. Ligory, Fr. Anto, and Fr. Michael, and all other priests who have helped you in your journey together, all the generous contributors and leaders of different times, and the diocesan administration as well! Now we have our own church building for worship, a faith and tradition to celebrate, a community to relate, a growing generation to be taken care of as well .Let us be grateful to all of those Pioneers and Priests, both living and deceased, who have contributed their time, talents and treasures as well! I do really appreciate their contribution in the building of this faith community. Be proud of them and leave something beautiful to the coming generations as well. Please do not think that I am here with a special plan or agenda. I am here to help you, to walk with you throughout your journey of faith, and to lead you as God wants me to do. Without Him we are nothing. Everything is God’s gift and blessing, the life, family, parish and the entire faith community. Together we can come before the Lord every Sunday, if possible every day, asking HIS blessing to bring glad tidings to everyone. God Bless you all! John Achan (Pastor/Vicar)