Divine Mercy Syro-Malabar Catholic Parish of Edinburg, Texas, was established on May 15, 2011, with Fr. Cyriac John as the first Pastor. This parish has had a history of rapid growth over the years,
2005 and 2006 marked an influx of immigrants from India to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and about 20 Syro-Malabar Catholic families from different parts of the USA and India migrated to this region. In the beginning, they started attending an ecumenical prayer meeting of the Malayalees of this place. Later on, they formed the Valley Indian Catholic Prayer Group to safeguard their faith and traditions. Rev. Monsignor Luis Brum, Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in McAllen, wholeheartedly provided his support by providing Holy Spirit Church facilities to celebrate the Syro-Malabar Qurbana and to conduct CCD classes.
Rev. Father Cyriac John from the Diocese of Corpus Christi volunteered to celebrate Holy Mass periodically for this Community. On April 15, 2007, the small Community was declared a Mission, with Father Cyriac John as the first Mission Director.
From December 20, 2007 onwards, the Community began to meet for Holy Mass and other activities at a newly purchased temporary facility at 4108 West Sprague Street, Edinburg. The starting of SHALOM MEDIA MINISTRY in Edinburg in 2010 spurred the growth of the Mission as more people moved into this area as part of this Shalom ministry.
As the community was getting ready to build a church in the new location, a typical Presbyterian Protestant Church with facilities, at 300 West Cano Street, Edinburg, became available for purchase. And the Divine Mercy Community, after a lot of prayer and consideration, was able to buy the Church on March 13, 2011. The interior of the church was remodeled and adapted to suit the Syro-Malabar liturgical traditions. The newly remodeled church was dedicated and consecrated by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath, Bishop of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on May 15, 2011, thus establishing this Community as the 25th Parish of the Diocese.
Rev. Fr. Cyriac John continued to serve the Parish as pastor till 2013; he would commute from Corpus Christi, Texas, to minister to the faithful at Divine Mercy Parish. During this time, Sunday school and other religious and pastoral activities helped the fledgeling parish to grow in every way. The arrival of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate (MSMI Sisters) on August 2, 2012 to serve the Parish was an important step forward in the steady growth of the Parish.
The first Resident Pastor, Rev. Fr. Raphael Ambadan, was appointed on June 2, 2013. It was during his time that the church facilities received a much-needed face-lift with the addition of a lawn, gym and gathering space. The inauguration in 2014 of Shalom World, the new Catholic Family Television Channel in high definition and of the newly built MSMI Convent in Edinburg on February 6, 2016 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath are important events of great significance in the pastoral history of this Parish.
Rev. Fr. Wilson Antony Kandankary was appointed Pastor in February 2016. It was during this time that the much-needed Priests’ Residence was constructed at 321 West Mahl Street, just a block away from the church building. More Syro-Malabar families moved into this region eventually and the Community grew from about 20 families in the beginning to a community of 76 families now.
From June 2019 onwards, Rev. Fr. Mathew Punchayil has been serving the Parish as Acting Pastor.