To recognize Kuwait\'s St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church\'s prominence as the first Syrian Orthodox Church in Kuwait and its true allegiance and devotion to the holy Patriarchal throne of Antioch and the All East, the church has been blessed and elevated to \"Reesh Church\" (Valiya Palli) by H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The public declaration of this will be held on the 3rd of December 2010 at NECK with all pomp and glory. This was announced by Catholicos of India His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I in a press meet held at Caesars Dakshin Restaurant, Jleeb.
St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church Kuwait, established in 1973, is the mother church of the two other Syrian Orthodox Churches in Kuwait. St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Kuwait was established with the blessings of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Yacoub III, the patriarch of Antioch & all the east under the auspices of H.G (late lamented) Dr Paulose Mor Athanasus (Kadavil). Currently the church is having over 500 families with around 2000 members.
As part of the official declaration of the blessed \'Kalpana\', the church is organizing a Holy tri-mass with H B Baselious Thomas I Catholicose as the Chief celebrant assisted by H G Mathews Mor Thedosius Metropolitan, the Patriarcal Vicar for Kuwait Parishes and H G Mathews Mor Aprem Metropolitan at NECK at 6 AM in the morning and a Public Meeting at 7 PM at the NECK. The public meeting will be attended by well known dignitaries and religious leaders.
Patriarchal Vicar H.G. Mor Theodosius Mathews Metroplolitan and H.E. Mor Mathews Aprem Metropolitan were also present during the press meet to brief about the \"Reesh Church\" declaration. St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Kuwait was established in 1973, with 13 Jacobite Malayalee families owing allegiance to the Patriarch of Antioch, for worship and to cater to their spiritual needs.
With the Blessings of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Yacoub III, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East and under the auspices of H.G. (Late) Dr. Paulose Mor Athanasius (Kadavil) the formation of the Parish along with Holy Qurbana and Convention was held on the 14th September 1973, the feast day of the Holy Cross, at the Kuwait Holy Family Cathedral.
In 1974 the Parish was registered with the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait (NECK) with 84 active members (including Arab Syrian Orthodox believers). Since then our worship services, Sunday School Classes and other church programs are being conducted at NECK.
Rev. Fr. Varghese Arackal who was appointed as our first vicar, led us from 1973 till 1978. He was followed by Rev. Fr. P.M. Geevarghese (1978-1989). Under the spiritual guidance and supremacy of the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East, the able leadership of Diocesean Metropolitans and vicars our parish has flourished from a small group to one of the largest parishes in the Gulf region within a short span of time.
In 1998 we celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the Parish. It is worthwhile to mention that as part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, our Parish financially supported 26 poor girls from our various dioceses in finding their life partners. We also opened an Endowment Fund at MSOT Seminary, Mulanthuruthy to provide financial assistance to the needy students.