Our Lady of Health Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Early History: A community of Syro-Malabar faithful was started in 1984 with six families. It was registered in 1986 as ICA (India Catholic Association) as a mission within the Archdiocese of Miami with 60 families and Reverend Father James Parappally as the Mission Director. In 2002 this Association had more than 400 Indian families from all over in South Florida.
New Church: Under the leadership of Father James Parappally and the hard work of the Building Committee a Baptist church in Coral Springs was purchased in July 2002 and was named as Velamkanni Matha (Our Lady of Health) Church. However the church was used on rent by the same Baptist community and the Indian community was allowed to use and offer Masses on a monthly basis, and later on every Sundays either in Syro Malabar or Latin Rite.
Convent: In 2002 October Chicago diocese sponsored three SABS Nuns to this parish and Sister Rose Kunnathupurayidam SABS, Sister Mercitta Thengumplakal SABS and Sister Lisa Vayalil SABS and they were given a convent within the parish.
New Independent Parish: On December 6, 2003 this was elevated as an independent Syro Malabar Parish and Reverend Father John Melepuram was appointed as its first Pastor / Vicar with 94 families registered. The Baptist community left this place in February 2004 and church was given to the Syro-Malabar community with full occupancy. The renovations began to shape it as a Catholic Sanctuary and Altar with Bema. The final blessing took place on May 30, 2004 with the presence of Miami Archbishop His Grace Most Reverend John Favalora and Chicago Syro Malabar Bishop His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.
|Vicar:||Fr. Kuriakose Kumbakeel Abraham|