Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Diocese of America

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Denominational Profile


Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church is an ancient Church of India, and it traces its origin to as far back as A.D. 52 when St. Thomas came to India and established Christianity.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
2004 100 80 30,000
2005 100 80 30,000
2006 120 80 30,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The National Council of Churches' data collection was discontinued after the 2012 Yearbook was published, and has been resumed by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The tables and graphs will be updated when the new collection is available. See the Yearbook of Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]

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