Fr. Pinarkayil was ordained priest on December 27, 1999 for the Archeparchy of Kottayam, Kerala, India. He served six parishes of Kottayam diocese as Vicar. His academic excellence includes M.Phil. in Philosophy; MS in Counseling and Psychotherapy; MBA and B.A in Philosophy and Theology. He has also the credit of publishing the following works such as Padamudrakal; Karunamrutham; and Hrudayavicharagal.
History of Our Parish
Rev. Fr. Joseph Meledeth came to Houston on November 27, 1994 to take care of pastoral needs of the Knanaya community in Houston and Dallas. Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of the Galveston-Houston diocese officially appointed Fr. Meledath as the mission director in 1996. Rev. Fr. Joseph Manappurath was appointed as the mission director on September 1, 1998. Fr. James Cheruvil took charge as the director of this mission on January 1, 2007. Rev. Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath was appointed as the mission director with effect from December 28, 2010.
This mission bought a new church from a Baptist community on August 25, 2011 and was consecrated on November 5, 2011 by His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt was the main celebrant of the first Holy Mass and Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril was concelebrant. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath elevated this mission as a parish and appointed Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath as the first Vicar (Pastor) of this parish during the Holy Mass. Fr. Mathew Meledath was appointed as the second from May 6, 2013. Fr. Saji Pinarkayil is the Pastor of this Parish from October 18, 2014.
This Parish serves around 500 families in Houston, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford and Southeastern part of Texas.