Knanaya Catholic Congress of Ohio referred to as KCC OHIO is the epitome of a long cherished aspiration of the Knanaya Catholics migrated from Kerala, India and now residing in Ohio,to promote the social,cultural,educational,ethnic,and artistic heritage of the community. The Knanaya Community traces its origin back to a Jewish-Christian immigrant community. They migrated from Southern Mesopotamia to the Malabar ( present Kerala ) Coast of Cranganore ( Kodungalloor ) in AD 345 under the leadership of an enterprising merchant Thomas of Cana ( Knai Thomman ). This migration is considered as a turning point in the history of St Thomas Christians of Malabar. The original community consisted of about 400 persons belonging to 72 families of seven clans. A bishop by name Uraha Mar Yousef, four priests and several deacons were among them. They formed themselves into an endogamous community by keeping their tradition and culture, but co-existed peacefully among the St. Thomas Christians in India.

Purpose

  1. To provide a forum for the community members residing in the territory to preserve and foster their moral,social,cultural,educational,literary and artistic heritage and to preserve the endogamous nature of the Knanaya Community
  2. To promote facilities for Knanaya Catholics in the territory to learn about the Knanaya Community
  3. To promote family unity,education and provide assistance wherever need exists.
  4. To raise,solicit and receive funds ,charities and donations to carry out worthy humanitarian causes.

Executive Board

Jose Philip Thoompanal (Jomon)President
Jomy Kallickal Executive Vice President
Joe MazhuvancherySecretary
Eldin PlakkoottamJoint-Secretary
Ann KuttotharaTreasurer