Once the nucleus of the Orthodox Church in north India was formed in the capital of the country, the growth of parishes in adjacent centres was rapid and the establishment of the Diocese of Delhi followed in a few years. Outside Delhi, there are several parishes spread across the various States at Alwar, Gurgaon, Kherti Nagar, Bharatpur, Gwalior, Jhansi, Dholpur, Agra, Dehradun, Ambala, Hardwar, Bhatinda, Hanumangarh, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jallandhar, Jaipur, Kanpur, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Singrauli, Obra., Renukoot, Varanasi, Ajmer, Kota, Rawat Bhatta, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Allahabad, Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer. New congregations have also been started at BITS Pilani, and Pali. Allahabad has also witnessed an amicable settlement with the CNI Church, and a vicar has been nominated for the church there.

Today, there are thirteen parishes in and around Delhi alone – Hauz Khas, Janakpuri, Tughlaqabad, Sarita Vihar, Mayur Vihar-I, Mayur Vihar-III, Rohini, Dwaraka, Dilshad Garden, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Overall, there are sixty one parishes including some congregations looked after by one Ramban and thirty six priests, spread over Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and United Arab Emirates.

In 1975, the Delhi Diocese was constituted by the Holy Synod, along with the four other new dioceses of Madras, Bombay, Calcutta and America. The next year, Paulose Mar Gregorios took charge as the Metropolitan of Delhi. By 1985, the Diocesan headquarters moved to its own building, the Delhi Orthodox Centre in Tughlaqabad in South Delhi. An architecturally distinctive three-storey building, the centre was dedicated by Catholicos Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I and inaugurated by the Vice-President of India, R Venkataraman, in November 1984. With the St. Thomas Chapel in the middle, the centre is the residence of the Metropolitan and houses, besides the secretariat of the Diocesan Council, a library, a publication unit, the People’s Education Society, Sophia Society, Sarva Dharma Nilaya, Dhyan Mandir and Niti Santi Kendra, engaged in a variety of complementary activities. In 1991, the Diocese was strengthened by the arrival of Job Mar Philoxenos as the Assistant Metropolitan.

First church in Delhi Diocese is St. Mary’s Cathedral, Hauz Khas, New Delhi. In 1968 the St.Mary’s Church is consecrated by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios. In 1975 the Holy Synod establishes Diocese of Delhi.

Timeline

  • 1942- A congregation is formed and liturgical worship started by Fr. Mathews (former Catholicos, Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews II)

  • 1944- Metropolitan Alexios Mar Theodosios of Kollam and the ” Diocese outside Kerala” visits Delhi to explore the feasibility of building an Orthodox Church in the National capital.

  • 1952- During the second visit of Mar Theodosios, the congregation decides to take steps to construct a church of their own. The Delhi parish is formally launched. Fr. K.C Thomas (later the Metropolitan of Canada, U.K, and Europe Diocese, Thomas Mar Makarios) is appointed as the first resident Vicar of the parish of Delhi.

  • 1961- The Delhi Orthodox Syrian Church Society is registered with the threefold aim of establishing a place of worship for the parish, an educational institution, and a healthcare facility to the public.

  • 1964- The Foundation stone of the St. Mary’s Church (later Cathedral) at Hauz Khas, is laid by the Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mar Ignatius Yalkoub III with the participation of the Diocesan Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios (who subsequently became the Catholicos, Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I).

  • 1968- The St.Mary’s Church is consecrated by the Diocesan Metropolitan, Mathews Mar Athanasios.

  • 1975- The Holy Synod establishes the new Diocese of Delhi.

  • 1976- Paulos Mar Gregorios takes charge as the Metropolitan of Delhi.

  • 1981- Foundation stone of the Delhi Orthodox center is laid by Paulos Mar Gregorios, the Metropolitan of the Diocese.

  • 1984- The Delhi Orthodox Centre is dedicated by the Catholicos, Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I and is inaugurated by the Vice President of India,R. Venkataraman.

  • 1991- Job Mar Philoxenos joins the Diocese as the Assistant Metropolitan.

  • 1996- Paulose Mar Gregorios Metropolitan enters the heavenly Abode

  • 2002- Job Mar Philoxenos is consecrated as the Metropoliton of Delhi Diocese on 26 December 2002

  • 2011 -Job Mar Philoxenos Metropolitan enters the heavenly Abode on 20 November 2011.

  • 2012- Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios is consecrated as new Metropolitan of the Delhi Diocese on 7 October 2012