St. George Universal Syrian
Orthodox Reesh Church, Kuwait

At a glance

Parish History

With the Blessings of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Yacoub III, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and under the auspices of H.G. (Late) Dr. Paulose Mor Athanasius (Kadavil) the formation of the Parish along with Holy Qurbana and Convention was held on the 14th September 1973, the feast day of the Holy Cross, at the Kuwait Holy Family Cathedral.

In 1974 the Parish was registered with the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait (NECK) with 84 active members (including Arab Syrian Orthodox believers). Since then our worship services, Sunday School Classes and other church programs are being conducted at NECK.

Rev. Fr. Varghese Arackal who was appointed as our first vicar, led us from 1973 till 1978. He was followed by Rev. Fr. P.M. Geevarghese (1978-1989). Under the spiritual guidance and supremacy of the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East, the able leadership of Diocesean Metropolitans and vicars our parish has flourished from a small group to one of the largest parishes in the Gulf region within a short span of time.

In 1998 we celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the Parish. It is worthwhile to mention that as part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, our Parish financially supported 26 poor girls from our various dioceses in finding their life partners. We also opened an Endowment Fund at MSOT Seminary, Mulanthuruthy to provide financial assistance to the needy students.


To recognize Kuwait's St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church's prominence as the first Syrian Orthodox Church in Kuwait and its true allegiance and devotion to the holy Patriarchal throne of Antioch and the All East, the church has been blessed and elevated to "Reesh Church" (Valiya Palli) by H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The public declaration of this was held on the 3rd of December 2010 at NECK with all pomp and glory.

St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church Kuwait, established in 1973, is the mother church of the two other Syrian Orthodox Churches in Kuwait. St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Kuwait was established with the blessings of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Yacoub III, the patriarch of Antioch & all the east under the auspices of H.G (late lamented) Dr Paulose Mor Athanasus (Kadavil).

As part of the official declaration of the blessed 'Kalpana', the church is organizing a Holy tri-mass with H B Baselious Thomas I Catholicose as the Chief celebrant assisted by H G Mathews Mor Thedosius Metropolitan, the Patriarcal Vicar for Kuwait Parishes and H G Mathews Mor Aprem Metropolitan at NECK at 6 AM in the morning and a Public Meeting at 7 PM at the NECK. The public meeting will be attended by well known dignitaries and religious leaders.

Patriarchal Vicar H.G. Mor Theodosius Mathews Metroplolitan and H.E. Mor Mathews Aprem Metropolitan were also present during the press meet to brief about the "Reesh Church" declaration. St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Kuwait was established in 1973, with 13 Jacobite Malayalee families owing allegiance to the Patriarch of Antioch, for worship and to cater to their spiritual needs.

Currently the church is having 800 families with around 3000 members.

Our Faith

The faith of the Syrian Orthodox Church concludes faith in Holy Trinity, in the incarnation of the Son of God, divine origin of traditions in Holy Bible, in Nicene Creed, in the seven sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation/Mooron, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Ordination, Matrimony, Unction of the sick) intercession of St. Mary and Saints, prayer for the departed, prayers, fasting, lent, Apostolic succession of St. Peter through the throne of Antioch. The church approved the first three ecumenical councils - Nicea, Constantinople and Ephesus. The Nicene Creed is the official creed of the Church.

The Holy Qurbana (Eucharist) is the queen of all sacraments according to the Syrian Orthodox Church tradition. To perform the seven sacraments the Syrian Orthodox Church has fixed written prayers and symbolic signs. The prayers used in the sacraments and all other liturgies are fully based on the Holy Bible and filled with theological concepts.

Syrian Orthodox Church

The Syrian Orthodox Church is the Church of Antioch, whose foundation goes back to the very dawn of Christianity, when Antioch was the capital of Syria and one of the three capital cities in the Roman Empire. The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch is held to be the first church in Christianity established by the apostle St. Peter in 37 A.D. After the establishment of churches in Jerusalem, Apostle St. Peter came to Antioch, established his throne and built churches. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. "The disciples were first called Christians In Antioch" (Act. 11:26). To preach the gospel from Antioch St. Peter travelled to Tyre, Sidon, Caesaria, Beirut, Tripoli, Pontos, Galatia, Cappadocia, Bithunia, Asia etc. Before his missionary travels he consecrated Evodius and Ignatius and appointed them as his successors in Antioch. February 22 is considered as the date of the establishment of the Throne of St. Peter at Antioch.

The Syrian Orthodox Church is the only church that has preserved the ancient culture and language of Syria, together with the valuable literature and liturgies of the ancient Apostolic Church of Antioch. The Church enjoys the greatest prestige in the history of Christendom and the wealthiest liturgical and musical heritage, besides a proud theological and missionary record. The Church still uses Syriac-Aramaic, the language spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ. It suffered untold hardships, persecution and tragedies including massacres and repeated transfer of the Patriarchate from one place to another due to political and other developments until it settled in Damascus in Syria.

The supreme head of Syrian Orthodox Church is the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East. He also presides over the Holy Synod, the assembly of all bishops. The present Patriarch (since 2014) is His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, who resides in Lebanon. The Church has about 26 archdioceses and 11 Patriarchal Vicariates. The majority of the members are in India and the rest are spread mainly in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Europe, North and South America and Australia.

Since 1293, the patriarchs of Antioch adopted the name Ignatius, after the Illuminator.

The See of Antioch continues to flourish with His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II Iwas being the 123nd in the line of legitimate patriarchs.

History of Indian Christianity

St. Thomas (one of the twelve Apostles of Christ) founded Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala, India. It is believed that St. Thomas came to India, preached the gospel, established Church and died there as a martyr. He arrived in Cranganore (Kodungallore), Kerala, India in 52 A.D., preached gospel and founded churches at seven locations; Cranganore, Palur, Paraur, Gokkamangalam, Niranam, Chayal and Quilon and ordained prelates and priests from four Brahmin families, viz. Pakalomattom, Sankarapuri, Kali and Kalikavu. Later he proceeded to east coast of South India and from there to China and Malacca and on his return he was pierced to death at the modern St.Thomas Mount in Chennai and buried at Mylapore. In the 4th Century his relics were transferred to Edessa (Urha) according to the order of the Patriarch of Antioch. The transfer of relics from India on 3rd July is celebrated by the Syrian Christians in India as St.Thomas Day.

In the subsequent years, Christian congregations established by the Apostle weakened in numbers due to the lack of ecclesiastical relationship with the Church that was concentrated mainly in the Middle East. A turnaround to this situation happened in AD 345 when a large Christian group from the Syrian province of Roman empire, arrived in Malankara under the leadership of Knai Thoma. Among the said delegation from the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch included a Metropolitan by name Joseph of Edessa and a few priests who helped in the establishment of the Episcopacy in the Malankara Church. As a consequence of this migration, the entire community in Kerala came to be called SYRIAN CHRISTIANS, thus adopting the rituals and liturgies of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. The Syrian migrants were called as Knanaya Syrian Christians and the native Christians were referred to as Malankara Syrian Christians.

The local head of church in Malankara (India) is the Catholicose of the East. The Catholicose is under the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Antioch. He is consecrated by the Patriarch and presides over the Malankara Holy Synod.

The current Catholicose of the East is His Beatitude Baseliose Thomas I.

Our Hirearchy

Primates of The Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch & all the East

Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II


Bab Toma, P.B. No. 22260,
Damsacus, Syria
Tel: 00963-11-543-2401
Fax: 00963-11-543-5918

Born on: May 3, 1965
Metropolitan: January 28, 1996
Patriarch: May 29, 2014

Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I


[The President of the Malankara Episcopal Synod & the Metropolitan Trustee of the Church in India]
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church Catholicate Office, Patriarch Ignatius Centre,
Puthencruz P.O, Ernakulam Dist.-682 308. Kerala, INDIA
Tel: 0091-484-2732804, Fax: 0091-484-2732624

Born on: 22-Jul-1929
Metropolitan: 04-Feb-1974
Catholicos: 26-Jul-2002

Abraham Mor Severious


Thomas Mor Timotheos


Joseph Mor Gregorios


Geevarghese Mor Dionasios


Mathews Mor Ivanios


Geevarghese Mor Athanasios (Simhasana Churches)


Kuriakose Mor Dioscorus


Kuriakose Mor Severios Edavazhikal (Knanaya)


Yuhanon Mor Militos


Geevarghese Mor Coorilose


Kuriakose Mor Theophilos


Yeldho Mor Theethose


Mathews Mor Thevodosios


Mathews Mor Aphrem


Kuriakose Mor Eusabios


Markose Mor Chrisostamos


Elias Mor Athanasios


Kuriakose Mor Gregorios (Knanaya)


Yaqu'b Mor Anthonios


Zacharias Mor Philoxenos


Paulose Mor Irenious


Kuriakose Mor Ivanious (Knanaya)


Ayub Mor Silvanious (Knanaya)


Geevarghese Mor Barnabas


Isaac Mor Ostatious


Elias Mor Yulios


Thomas Mor Alexandros


Mathews Mor Thimothios


Matthews Mor Anthimos


Our Former Vicar's

Rev. Fr. Varghese Arackal who was appointed as our first vicar, led us from 1973 till 1978. Under the spiritual guidance and supremacy of the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East, the able leadership of Diocesean Metropolitans and vicars our parish has flourished from a small group to one of the largest parishes in the Gulf region within a short span of time.

The following are the priests that have served our church:

Rev. Fr. Varghese Arakkal Corepiscopa


Period : 1973 - 1978

Rev. P.M. Geevarghese Corepiscopa


Period : 1978 - 1989

Rev. Fr. Abraham John


Period : 1989 - 1990

Rev. Fr. Baby Elias


Period : 1992 - 1994

Rev. Fr. Wilson J. Philip


Period : 1995 - 1998

Rev. Fr. K.V. John


Period : 1998 - 1999

Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Manalelchira


Period : 1999 - 2002

Rev. Fr. Jain Thomas


Period : 2002 - 2004

Rev. Fr. Mathews Poozhikkolel


Period : 2004 - 2007

Rev. Fr. Bijumon Jacob


Period : 2007 - 2010

Rev. Fr. Sajan T.John


Period : 2010 - 2014

Rev. Fr. Aby Paul


Period : 2014 - 2017

Rev. Fr. Eldhose Palayil


Period : 2017 - 2020

Rev. Fr. Gibu Cherian


Period : 2020 - 2023

Rev. Fr. Stephen Neduvakkattu


Period : 2023 - Till Date

Family Units

Family Units

Family Unit Area Coordinator
St. Josephs Abbassiya 1 Mr. Varghese Chacko
St. Adais Abbassiya 2 Mr. Thankachan Mathai
St. Peter Abbassiya 3 Mr. Kuriakose N Y (Wilson)
St. Ignatious Abbassiya 4 Mr. John George
St. Stephens Abbassiya 5 Mr. Ajeesh K Paul
St. Pauls Abbassiya 6 Mr. Refin Chacko
St. James Abbassiya 7 Mr. Benny Isaac
St. Thomas Abbassiya 8 Mr. Emil Mathew
St. Johns Abbassiya 9 Mr. Biju Joseph
St. Ephraim Fahaheel 1 Mr. Ciju George
St. Elias Fahaheel 2 Mr. Aju K John
St. Jude Fahaheel 3 Mr. Deepak George
St. Jacob Reggae, Farwaniya & Khaitan Mr. Eldhos P Joy
St. Kuriakose Salmiya 1 Mr. Sabu Paulose
St. Mathews Salmiya 2 Mr. Shaji Varghese
St. Simons Salmiya 3 Mr. Joby Jacob
St. Greegorious Sharq, Hawalli, Jabriya Mr. Babu Abraham John


Mar Baseliose Social and Cultural Association (MBSCA), a non-profit organization registered with the Embassy of India in Kuwait (Reg No. KUW/ISI/321/34/95), was established in 1995 and is now one of the recognized & largest cultural associations among the Indian community in Kuwait.

MBSCA organizes socio-cultural programs and activities every year. We have conducted 13 Harvest Festivals through the past years and this year we plan to conduct a similar mega-cultural entertainment program in November.

Our Objective

MBSCA organizes social, cultural and other community related activities without any distinction of caste, creed and/or religion. Our prime objective is to promote national integration through festivals and fairs and to grow as a multi-activity association promoting socio-cultural harmony among the Indian Nationals and the Keralites in particular.

Our objectives also include career and personality development classes to students. We also conduct charater development classes and free medical camps. (In the past years MBSCA has helped those who suffered from chronic illnesses. We have also extended helping hands to parents who found it hard to meet the educational expenses for higher education of their children).

MBSCA is in the forefront in extending financial support and assistance to victims of accidents or mishaps in Kuwait as well as contributing to International and National Relief Funds. In short, for more than a decade, selfless service to the community and the society.

Charity Projects

Supporting Cancer Patients

Karrunya Sparsham

Our parish is well known to the people of all our dioceses for our Charity contributions. The proceeds of the MGM Charity Fund (Mor Gregoriose Memorial Charity Fund) and the Harvest Festival are distributed to the poor and sick people every year.

Harvest Festival

We conduct Harvest Festival every year, a day full of entertainment and fun to raise funds for the chartiy fund. Raffle draw, stalls to serve hot and and fresh foods, musical programmes, indoor and outdoor games are the main attractions of the day. Proceeds of the festival is distributed to the poor and needy applicants locally and the applicants from our various dioceses in India, through the respective metropolitans.

Mor Gregorios Memorial Charity Fund (MGM Charity Fund)

The MGM Charity box is placed in the church to receive donations. The box is opened every year on the St.Gregoriose Day in November and the amount collected is distributed to the poor and needy applicants from our various dioceses in India, through the respective metropolitans.

Vanitha Samajam Charity Fund

The Vanitha Samajam distributes collects loose change through Charity boxes kept at the members' homes and the amount collected is distributed to the needy applicants from various dioceses in India, through the respective metropolitans.