Indian(Malankara) Orthodox Church
Hundreds of faithful Orthodox Christians gathered together on Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at the University of Houston, Texas to inaugurate the newly formed Diocese.
Holy Qurbana was celebrated by His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius, Diocesan Metropolitan of the Southwest American Diocese along with His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas, His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Severios and over twenty priests, deacons and seminarians of the newly formed Diocese.
His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas, the Diocesan Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese presided over the inauguration ceremonies. Along with Their Graces, His Eminence Cardinal Dinero of the Roman Catholic Church, Mrs. Anita Perry, the First Lady of the State of Texas, Mayor Bill White, honorable mayor of the City of Houston, Sanjeev Arora, Consul General of India in Houston, and various other guests from the Orthodox Churches and political dignitaries were present to witness this historic event.