• Indian Catholic Communities

Indian Catholic Communities

There are three active Catholic Indian communities within our Diocese, Tamil Speaking, a Roman Rite and a Syro-Malabar Rite.

The Syro-Malabar Rite has an Indian Catholic Mass meets regularly at their new location, 4219 Lafayette Center Dr. Chantilly, VA, 20151. Visit http://www.stjudenva.org/ for Mass times and more. The Syro-Malabar Community is led by spiritual director, Father Justin Puthussery. 

The Tamil Community celebrates Mass at St. Thomas á Beckett, on the second Sunday of every month. They recite the Rosary beginning at 3:30 p.m., Mass follows at 4:00 p.m. and a reception concludes each monthly celebration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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St. Jude Syro-Malabar Church Finds Home in Chantilly

Bishop Jacob Angadiath of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago consecrated a new church for St. Jude Northern Virginia Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission Feb. 16, the same the mission became a parish.

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He Never Said No to God

India covers more than 1 million square miles and has a population of 1.2 billion people. It's a big country. It's also the birthplace of many religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Father Devaraju Arockiasamy, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas, was born into this predominantly Hindu country May 27, 1974, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Father Devan, as he is known, lived in Melapatti, a village of 250 families, all Catholic.

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Tamil Indian Catholic Community

Meeting once a month at St. Thomas á Beckett.

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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