The '''Brahmavar (Goan) Orthodox Church''' is a self-governing branch of the [[Church of India|
Indian (Malankara ) Orthodox Church]]. This is a uniate faction ''from'' the [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholic Church]], formed under the leadership of Bishop Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares in 1889 AD.
The territory of Goa in south India was a colony of Portugal. Fr. Antonio who was a Roman Catholic priest at the time, opposed the ‘Concordot’ of the Pope and interference of the Government in the Church Administration. His pro-Independence periodicals which were also critical of the Roman Catholic Church were banned.
He was excommunicated, stripped naked and paraded through the streets.<ref>[http://www.stalvares.com/docs/about.php His Grace ALVARES MAR JULIUS Metropolitan.]</ref>
He left the Church with around hundreds of Goan Catholic families and joined the Malankara Orthodox Church , and the Brahmavar community has come into existence since then as a part of the Indian Orthodox Church.<ref>[http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/articles/2009/12/holy-brahmavar/ ''HOLY BRAHMAVAR.'' OBL Articles, International Orthodox Christian Articles.]</ref>
Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares was
ordained as the first Orthodox Metropolitan of Goa-Ceylon in 1889 AD by Paulose Mar Athanasious and Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala at Orthodox Pazhaya Seminary.
Presently there are about 700 families in Goa in this self-governing part of Indian Orthodox Church.
* [[Church of India]]
* [[w:Brahmavar (Goan) Orthodox Church|Brahmavar (Goan) Orthodox Church]]