Very Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas Chorattil, Corepiscopo is the Vicar of St. Mary’s Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church, Los Angeles, California. Under his leadership, the congregation of St. Mary’s has achieved many blessed major milestones:

  • Altar consecration celebrated by His Holiness The Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas;
  • Silver Jubilee blessed by His Beatitude The Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho and His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan
  • Completion St. Mary’s JSO Church reconstruction and consecration celebrated by His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho and His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan.

V. Rev. Fr. Thomas' service to the Holy Church began at the age of eight when he was appointed as an altar boy at St. Thomas Jacobite Church, Thiruvanchoor by His Eminence Mor Clemis Abraham. He was ordained as sub-deacon (qoruyo) at seventeen and full deacon after completing his seminary studies both by His Grace Mor Gregorius Gheevarghese (Perumpilly Thirumeni). In 1986, before his ordination to priesthood, V. Rev. Fr. Thomas married Ms. Achamma Alackaparambil (Kochumol). Later that year, at the age of twenty-two, V. Rev. Fr. Thomas was ordained to priesthood by His Grace Mor Gregorius Gheevarghese.

Prior to immigrating to the United States, V. Rev. Fr. Thomas has served in a number of churches in the Kottayam Diocese:

  • St. Mary’s Church, Pampady East, Kottayam, Kerala
  • St. Mary’s Dayara Church, Trikothamangalam, Kerala
  • St. Mary’s Church, Neelimangalam, Kerala
  • St. Ephriam’s Church Vadavathoor, Kerala
  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Kottayam, Kerala

While tending to these congregations, he served in other capacities as the Vice President of the Malankara Jacobite Youth Association and Editor of the Syrian Sandesam.

In 1993, His Eminence Mor Athanasius Yeshu Samuel appointed V. Rev. Fr. Thomas as the new vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Los Angeles and made necessary arrangements for his emigration in the same year. His wife, son, Eldho, and daughter, Alby, followed two years later.

In 2012, V. Rev. Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of Corepiscopo on October 13. The evelation was officiated by His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho Pathickal and His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan.

In addition to his role as vicar of the St. Mary’s Parish, V. Rev. Fr. Thomas has fulfilled the spiritual needs of the faithful throughout the Western United States. V. Rev. Fr. Thomas was a driving force in the establishment of four churches:

  • St. Mary's Church, San Francisco, California
  • St. Peter's Church, Phoenix, Arizona
  • St. George's Church, Seattle, Washington
  • St. Ignatius’ Church, San Diego, California

V. Rev. Fr. Thomas’ deep commitment to the Church and our faith continues in the United States, where he has served as Chairman of Kerala Christian Fellowship of Southern California and is a member of the Oriental Orthodox Churches Council.

The son of late Mr. K.K. Thomas and late Mariamma, V. Rev. Fr. Thomas was born and raised in Thiruvanchoor, Kottayam District, Kerala. He holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Kerala University and a Masters degree in Malayalam Literature from the University of Trivandrum. V. Rev. Fr. Thomas currently resides in Winnetka, California with his wife and two children.