According to Rev. Antwan Lachin from the Patriarchal House in Chicago, on July 16, 2006, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East met the Patriarch of the Malankara Orthodox Church, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didimos I in the Dominican University of Chicago.
H.H. Baselios Marthoma Didimos I has been recently ordained Patriarch, therefore he is visiting his parish in the U.S. for the first time. His Holiness is the 89th successor to the apostolic throne of St. Thomas, who founded Malankara Orthodox Church in Kerala-India around 52 AD. Being the Supreme Head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, His Holiness will henceforth lead one million Malayalee Christians of Malankara.
Many metropolitans and bishops from different denominations attended the event, for instance the Counselor of the Greek Orthodox Church. Attendees were also official members of the state and General Council of India.
The event started by a praying in English. The first speech was delivered by H.H. Mar Dinkha IV in his mother language the Assyrian. It was translated to English by Chorbishop David Royel afterwards.
Apparently, everyone had agreed on the fact that their common faith is Orthodox, and the Christian churches should be united under the name of the only Lord, Jesus Christ.
H.H. Mar Dinkha IV was asked to light the first candle as it is a custom among the Indian churches. The event has been broadcasted on AssyriaSat, the Assyrian Global Satellite Television Network.
The hospitality of the parishioners and their love and passion left good memories for the days to come.