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about smcc

SMCC Jubilee Philadelphia

The Syro Malabar Catholic Congress (SMCC) is the lay association in the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago. SMCC was formed as the fulfillment of a long-cherished desire of many Syro Malabar Catholics in North America who were doing extraordinary service to the Church in their own localities. It was necessary to have a national forum for all these volunteers to come together and equip themselves for better service to the Church. This need was in the forefront of those who took initiative for the first Syro Malabar Family Convention in Philadelphia from August 13 to 15, 1999. It was publicized and planned as a national convention. However, the formation of the organization was delayed until January of 2000 to ensure wider participation of all Syro Malabar units in North America. After informing and inviting all known Syro Malabar units in North America and with a constitution and bylaws that underwent repeated revisions, the organization was formed on January 22, 2000. In the same year SMCC was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a not-for-profit corporation with provisions for establishing chapters in other States.

The Decree of Second Vatican Council on Laity encourages the lay people in the Church to engage in lay apostolate not only as individuals but also as groups and organizations to achieve specific objectives of the apostolate. According to the Canon Law lay people have the right to organize association, create its bylaws and elect its officials. However, its bylaws must be approved by the Bishop; and its Spiritual Director must be appointed by the Bishop. As a lay association SMCC’s role is to participate in the mission of the Church. Lay people are called upon to fulfill their mission in the Church and in the world.

SMCC Philadelphia Chapter hosted the 10th Anniversary Celebrations and National Family Conference in our church in July 2009. More than 750 families from all over USA participated in the 3-day conference. As we gear up to celebrate SMCC’s silver jubilee in Philadelphia in 2024, let’s join hands and ensure that this event becomes a resounding success! SMCC’s aims and objectives are formulated taking into consideration the two-fold nature of lay apostolate.

Some of the major aims and objectives of the organization are:

1. Promote the spiritual growth of all Syro Malabar Catholics in North America.
2. To provide a common forum for Syro Malabar Catholics living in North America to coordinate activities for the advancement of Syro Malabar Catholic community in north America 3. Promote and foster the ethnic and cultural identities within the Syro Malaba Catholic Community.
4. Promote the advancement of Syro Malabar Rite
5. To engage in civic and political education of Syro Malabar Community and to develop lay leadership.

6. Introduce the young people in the community to the Apostolic tradition and unique spiritual heritage of the Syro Malabar Church.
7. Enhance the unity and solidarity of the Syro Malabar Catholic Community.
8. Engage in activities that will identify various concerns, and implement appropriate measures to solve them
9. Engage in activities that will enhance civic and political education and participation of SMCC members.
10. Identify talents of the people and make use of them for the betterment of the community.
11. Establish a strong effective communication network among the Syro Malabar Catholics in North America.
12. Promote spiritual and socio-cultural life through religious, charitable, social and cultural activities.
13. Foster understanding and friendship among Catholics of various groups, especially Christian groups of Saint Thomas tradition.
14. Build closer relationship with other Catholic Rites.
15. Engage in charitable activities to help the disadvantaged.
16. Encourage religious, cultural and racial tolerance.
17. Educate the Syro Malabar Catholics to appreciate, and participate in the American Culture.
18. To work closely with the hierarchy to achieve the mission of the Church.

SMCC has national executive committee and a Board of Directors elected for a two-year term. Each local chapter has its own executive committee.

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