The purpose of establishing the then named The Knanaya Association of Houston in 1979, was to enrich the lives of Knanaya Catholics in Houston, by engaging in various activities as a community, such as cultural, charitable, educational and social activities; all the while promoting the traditions of the Knanaya Catholic Community, under the leadership of the Archdiocese of Kottayam in Kerala, India, by maintaining the necessary environment for its regular practice.
In the 1970s, the migration of Knanaya families to Houston began. Under the leadership of Fr. James Kudilil, occasional meetings were held for the Houston Knanayites. The Knanaya Association of Houston was officially incorporated in 1979, with the unanimous vote of the eighteen original families. The association was created as a way for the Knanayites of Houston to guard the cultural and spiritual values they were brought up with, and for this, meetings were held periodically. Since meetings were held, and with the willingness of Knanaya priests, prayers and the Holy Mass was organized when Knanaya priests visited.