Research Abstract

Introduction
MARP is the first research initiative to attempt a detailed study on the Western Rites (Independent Catholic, Latin, Anglo, Protestant communities) of Oriental Orthodox Churches with emphasis and special reference to the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church. Our research speaks on two Western Rites, the Independent Catholic Church of Ceylon, Goa and India and the Christian (Old Orthodox) Catholic Rite Church of America which were constituted with the blessings and permission of Moran Mor Ignatius Peter IV (III) – Patriarch of Antioch and All East. These communities came into existence as a result of the great missionary vision of Patriarch Ignatius Peter IV (III) and the Prelates of Malankara.  It is an in-depth study on the missionary efforts of Alvares Mar Julius, Archbishop Rene Vilatte Mar Timotheus I, Dr. Lisbao Pinto, St. Gregorious of Parumala and other great leaders of Syriac and Malankara Churches.   It is an outcome of our research efforts since 2009 that includes observations, field research, interviews, discussions, references, and historical analysis.

MARP is a great journey of the rediscovery of a forgotten community, their sacrifice, and sufferings, who freed themselves from the imperial and colonial rule and their struggle to come out of the ecclesiastical control of the Roman Papacy and their journey in search of the original Eastern Christian roots.

Relevance
Western Rites of Eastern Orthodox Churches are well known. How about Western Rites of the ancient Oriental Orthodox Churches? MARP discusses detailed aspects of the Western Rite Communities of Oriental Orthodox Churches. The research is not limited to religious aspects; rather it speaks on socio-political situations of Colonial Goa, Colonial Ceylon, USA, and Colonial India. The strength of the research is that it rich with various elements of history, biographical studies, contemporary field research, theology, socioeconomic aspects and so on. The research is a great journey of the discovery of a forgotten community, their sacrifice, and sufferings, who freed themselves from the imperial and colonial rule. It discovers their struggle to come out of the ecclesiastical control of the Roman Papacy and their journey in search of their original Eastern Christian roots.