Q: Is your Apostolic Succession from the Saint Thomas Christian Church in India?
Yes, we do have Apostolic Succession from the Saint Thomas Christian Church in India.
Our succession comes from Saint Gregorios of Parumala who with Mar Julius Alvarez consecrated Joseph Rene Vilatte at the order of Ignatius Peter III, Patriarch of the Syrian (Jacobite) Orthodox Church in 1892.
Archbishop Vilatte consecrated William Henry Francis Brothers in 1913. In 1967 Archbishop Brothers consecrated Joseph Anthony MacCormack.
And in 1977 Archbishop MacCormack consecrated Abbot-Bishop George Burke, our present Bishop.
For more information about the St. Thomas Christian Tradition, read the following articles:
- The Apostle of India —an in-depth article about St. Thomas, whom Jesus sent to India, and the unique form of Christianity which grew up under his guidance.
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