New Coordinator for Syro-Malabar Catholics and Chaplains in England & Wales 

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, as President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, and with the unanimous agreement of the Bishops and Ordinaries of the Catholic Bishops Conference, has appointed Fr Thomas Parayadyil MST as the National Coordinator for the Syro-Malabar Catholics and Chaplains for England and Wales. National Coordinator exercise an important role in facilitating ecclesial communion and pastoral collaboration amongst Chaplains ministering to ethnic communities or large numbers of migrants belonging to an autonomous ritual Church in communion with the Holy See. Fr Parayadyil will discharge their duties as National Co-ordinator in accordance with norms established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

 
Background 
Rev Fr Thomas Parayadyil MST
Fr Thomas Parayadyil was born on 16 March 1949 at Thidanad, Kerala. After school education he joined the minor seminary in 1964 and was ordained a priest for the Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle, Melampara, Kerala, India on 19 December 1973. After two years of service in the missions he was sent for higher studies in Rome and he secured a Doctorate in Oriental Liturgy from the Pontifical Oriental Institute. On his return he was appointed professor of Liturgy at St Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, Kerala (1981-1986). When his Missionary Society started a Major Seminary in North India, he was selected to be its first Rector (1986-1991). While serving in the Missions as the Vicar General and the parish priest of the Cathedral Church in the diocese of Ujjain (1992-1998) he was elected the Superior General of his Missionary Society (1998-2003). In 2007 the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church proposed him as the coordinator and chaplain for the migrants in the London dioceses; he was subsequently appointed to this post by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor on 1 December 2007. Fr Parayadyil’s appointment as National Coordinator of the Syro-Malabar Chaplains is for a term of office of three years and will commence on 1 December 2013.
 
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. It is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church after the Ukrainian Church and the largest of the Saint Thomas Christian (Nazrani) denominations with 4.6 million believers. It is a sui juries Church governed by a Synod of Bishops and headed by a Major Archbishop. There are more than 55,000 Syro-Malabar Rite Catholics in the UK and the number is increasing.