Syro-Malabar Catholic Community in Cincinnati consists of over 100Catholic families located in greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. As a result of their yearning to attend Syro-Malabar Holy mass (Qurbana) in Malayalam, in 2005, a few families came together and began the ground work to establish a church based Syro-Malabar community in greater Cincinnati. Of the several Catholic parishes we have contacted. Rev. Fr. Anthony Salim of the SL Anthony of Padua Maronite Catholic Church gladly welcomed us to his parish for celebrating the Holy Qurbana once a month. With due permission from our respective Bishops (Cincinnati, Covington, Chicago), two Indian priests. Rev. Fr. Andrews Attappilly
CMI and Rev. Fr. Jose Shepherd CMI, of the Syro-Malabar Church, then serving local parishes in the Covington, KY diocese began celebrating the Syro-Malabar Qurbana for our community. Given the active participation and enthusiasm of our community in all our initiatives, it was felt that we had the critical mass to formally being organized as a church. In consultation with our St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, we registered our Mission as a non-profit religious corporation in the Hamilton County in Ohio under the name "Blessed Chavara Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Cincinnati Ohio of St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago." This led to the establishment of our Mission:
1. To worship our Lord as a faithful community in the manner that St. Thomas taught us.
2. To deepen our relationship with God and grow in faith and spirituality, so as to achieve salvation of our individuals and families.
3. To raise our children in the best of the Catholic teachings and traditions, with a strong sense of identity in faith and culture, to be the torch bearers of our Catholic community in the broader Catholic Church in North America.
After about a year, on 1 October 2006, our Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath formally visited our community and celebrated the Holy Qurbana with us. During his visit, Bishop Angadiath strongly urged us to work towards starting weekly catechism classes for our children so that they understand their identity and traditions.
On 5 October 2008, with the keen support of our community and the encouragement of Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath, we inaugurated the two schools- the School of Religious Education and the School of Languages and Culture. Since then, the celebration of Holy Qurbana, the progress of catechism and language students and the gathering of our community flourished with God's Grace, and brought a new light into the lives of our community.
On 23 November 2014, in conjunction with the canonization of our patron, Blessed Chavara, we continue to celebrate Holy Qurbana under the name of "St. Chavara Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission, Cincinnati, Ohio of St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago" at Our Lady of the Rosary Church located in Greenhills, Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently since November 28, 2018, we continue to celebrate Holy Qurbana at St. Vivian Church located on 7600 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio. We carry on to solidify the oneness of our Syro-Malabar community through retreats and pilgrimage, family prayer groups and rosary, novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, prayer and blessing for our Beloved Dead (Oppise), youth programs, volunteering and fund raising activities among others.