The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was founded by Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52. Saint Gregorios Orthodox Church of India, Yonkers, New York is a parish of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India. The parish was established with 18 families on November 6th, 1988 with the approval of H. G. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, Metropolitan of the American Diocese. H. G. Mathews Mar Epiphanios, Metropolitan of the Kollam Diocese, celebrated the first Holy Eucharist.
Rev. Fr. George Daniel was appointed as the first Vicar of the parish, and served from November 1988 to November 1989, and was later followed by Rev. Fr. Dr. Raju Varghese who was the Vicar from December 1989 to August 1997. Rev. Fr. Benjamin Stephen was the Vicar from September 1997 to September 1998. During this time, the Holy Eucharist and other church activities were conducted at Mercy College, located at 50 Antin Place, Bronx, NY, 10461. From June 1998 to November 2009, Very. Rev. Fr. Dr. Varghese Plamthottam, Cor Episcopa, was the Vicar of the parish.
In October 1998, the parish moved to St. Pauls Episcopal Church, located at 636 Palisade Avenue, Yonkers, NY, 10703. H.G. Thomas Mar Thimothios, the Catholicos Designate, consecrated the new location on October 4th, 1998, and celebrated the first Holy Eucharist. The church celebrated its 10th Anniversary in November 1998. His Graces Thomas Mar Thimothios and Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, along with the Vicar and other priests, blessed us during this auspicious occasion. H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, the Catholicos of the Malankara Church, visited the church and celebrated the Holy Eucharist on both occasions when His Holiness visited the American Diocese in 1992-1993 and in 1999. Later in 2006, the parish was moved to Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, located at 20 Buckingham Road, Yonkers, NY, 10701. In October 2006, we acquired the property at 50 Ludlow Street, Yonkers, NY, 10705. On September 26th, 2009, the ground breaking and the blessing of the foundation stone services were conducted by H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas, Metropolitan of the American Diocese. Rev. Fr. Dr. P. C. Thomas was appointed as the Vicar of the parish from November 2009 to January 2010.
In January 2010, Rev. Fr. Philip C. Abraham was appointed as the Vicar of the parish. Under his spiritual leadership and guidance, the church has grown tremendously and continues to do so with the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are continuously renewing our spiritual commitment. On March 31st, 2010, the foundation stone was laid by Rev. Fr. Philip C. Abraham. The temporary consecration of the new church was conducted on September 10th, 2011 by H. G. Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, and the first Holy Qurbana was celebrated on September 11th, 2011 by our Vicar Rev. Fr. Philip C. Abraham. H. G. Zachariah Mar Nicholovos consecrated the new church on June 28th and 29th, 2013 along with H. G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of the Bangalore Diocese.
We thank God Almighty for keeping us together as a family for the last 30 years, and for all the blessings He continues to shower upon our parish. We are so grateful to our Holy Fathers (Catholicoi), Metropolitans and Vicars for their continued prayers, spiritual guidance and leadership. We are very thankful and extend our sincere gratitude to the Yonkers Prayer Group, who was the backbone of our church, especially in the beginning. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to our friends and well wishers for their prayers, contributions and cooperation.