St. Thomas Orthodox Congregation of Southern Africa
The St. Thomas Orthodox Congregation of Southern Africa is a Parish affiliated to and constituted by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, also known as the Indian Orthodox Church, founded in India by the Holy Apostle St.Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, and ruled at this time by His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Mar Thoma Paulos II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, Successor to the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas. The headquarters of the Church is situated at Devalokam Aramana.
The St. Thomas Orthodox Congregation of Southern Africa is now under the direct ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan of the Diocese of UK-Europe and Africa, subject to the authority of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
The St. Thomas Orthodox Congregation of Southern Africa is registered as a Non-Profitable Organisation in South Africa (Reg No. 010-226). Revd. Stanly David James has been serving the Congregation as Vicar since 1st July 2016 as per HG Mathews Mar Thimothios Metropolitan’s Kalpana No- AFR/SA/16/047 dated 14th May 2016.
The St. Thomas Orthodox Congregation of Southern Africa has over 150 member families scattered across the Southern Africa region with Units at Pretoria, Johannesburg, Mokopane/Polokwane, Groblersdal, Tzaneen/Phalaborwa/Burgersfort, Nelspruit/Whiteriver, Durban/Pietermaritzberg/Port Shepstone, East London, King Williams Town/Mthatha/Queenstown, Cape Town, Zeerust/Mbatho, Gabarone – Botswana and Lesotho.