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Diocese / Eparchy of Kothamangalam

The eparchy of Kothamangalam was erected by Pope Pius XII through the Papal Bull ‘Qui in beati Petri Cathedra’ of July 29, 1956 separating the protopresbyterates – Arakuzha, Kothamangalam and Mailacombu- of the then Archeparchy of Ernakulam- Angamaly. Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi was ordained as the first bishop of the eparchy in Rome on November 18, 1956. The inauguration of the eparchy and the installation of the new bishop took place on January 10, 1957. Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi who guided the eparchy with paternal care and succeeded in curing the teething troubles of the eparchy retired after two decades of memorable ministry. His Excellency Mar George Punnakottil succeeded Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi. He was ordained and was installed in office on April 24, 1977. The developmental programmes in the eparchy got new vigour and verve and there were new initiatives to augment this process. At present the Eparchy is constitute of 115 parishes. The continuous showering of the grace of God from His kingdom lead this eparchy to the service of successful 50 years and we commemorate this divine providence in 2007 with grant celebration.

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Directories of the Eparchy of Kothamangalam

Eparchy of Kothamangalam – Directory 2012-13

Bulletin of the the Eparchy of Kothamangalam

Deivarajyam 2013 January

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Bishop:

Mar George Madathilkandathil

Bishop Mar George Madathilkandathil

Moto: “സ്നേഹം ഒരിക്കലും അവസാനിക്കുന്നില്ല”  “Love Never Ends” (I Cor 13, 08)

Profile:

Date of Birth : 1956-05-09

Contact:

Mob : +91 485 2862237
Email : madathikandathil@gmail.com
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Short History of Kothamangalam Diocese

Group: : Syro-Malabar
Phone : +91-485-28 62 236, +91-485-28 62 692, +91-485-28 61 625
Address : Bishop’s House,
P.B. No. 6,
Kothamangalam,
Ernakulam district,
Kerala, India – 686 691.
Website : www.kothamangalamdiocese.org

The diocese of Kothamangalam was established in the year 1956, and inaugurated in January, 1957. Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhy was appointed as the first bishop of the diocese of Kothamangalam in 1957. On his retirement in 1977, Mar George Punnakkottil was appointed the bishop. The Kothamangalam diocese initially encompassed the areas of the current Idukki diocese also, until the new Idukki diocese was formed in 2002. The diocesan cathedral is St George’s Cathedral, located at the High Range Junction, the centre of Kothamangalam town. The eparchy covers 12 foranes, with 115 parishes. Recently the diocese was bifurcated to form Idukki diocese. Kothamangalam is a small town lying on the foothills of the Western Ghats and is referred to as The Gateway to the High Ranges. Until the recent past, the town was also a very important trading center for spices and hill produce. Kothamangalam is known for its old Christian churches and its prominent educational institutions. St. Thomas is believed to have preached in this place and converted about 240 Brahmin families to the Christian faith.

Geography
Located at (10°4’48″N 76°37’12″E) It is surrounded by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam and Madurai and the Dioceses of Kanjirapally, Palai, Idukki and Coimbatore. Situated in the centre of Kerala, the Eparchy of Kothamangalam with 4,800 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the taluks of Kothamangalam, Devikulam, Kunnathunad, Udumbanchola and Thodupuzha.

Climate
The diocese enjoys four seasons – Winter, Summer, South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon. The winter season starts with the end of the northeast monsoons i.e. from the later part of November lasting till the middle of February. During this season temperature is comparatively low. In the Highlands where the climate is cool throughout the year, winter temperatures often fall below 10?C. This season witnesses the lowest amount of rainfall. The flora is tropical. The heavy rainfall combined with moderate temperature and fertile soil support a luxuriant vegetation.

Topography
The diocese lies mainly on the highland consisting of the hills and forests respectively. The hilly or eastern portion is formed by a section of Western Ghats. Muvattupuzha and Periyar are the main rivers of which the latter flows through Thodupuzha, Muvattupuzha, Aluva, Kunnathunadu and Parur taluks. During rainy season these rivers are full and heavy floods affect the low-lying areas on the banks, but in the summer season they generally go dry and narrow. The Periyar is stretched over a length of 229 km.

Languages
Malayalam, English and Tamil are the spoken languages in the diocese.

STATISTICS

Name Type
Catholic Population 2,26,900
Parishes 112
Diocesan Priests 236
Religious Priests 63
Total Priests 299
Religious Sisters 2,171
Religious Brothers 3
Ecclesiastical Institutions 3
Colleges 2
Schools 167
Professional Colleges 1
Orphanages 25
Hostels 10
Hospitals 14
Publications 2

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Diocese of Kothamangalam (Syro-Malabarese)

Dioecesis Kothamangalamensis


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Bishop(s)

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Erected: 29 July 1956
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Syro-Malabarese)
  • Syro-Malabarese Catholic Church of the Chaldean Tradition
  • Country: India
  • Square Kilometers: 4,840 (1,869 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6, Kothamangalam 686691, Kerala, India
  • Telephone: (0485)86.22.36
  • Fax: 86.15.55

Past and Present Ordinaries


Historical Summary

Date Event From To
29 July 1956 Erected Archdiocese of Ernakulam (Syro-Malabarese) Diocese of Kothamangalam (Syro-Malabarese) (erected)
15 January 2003 Territory Lost Diocese of Kothamangalam (Syro-Malabarese) Eparchy of Idukki (Syro-Malabarese) (erected)

Statistics

Year Catholics Total Population Percent Catholic Diocesan Priests Religious Priests Total Priests Catholics Per Priest Permanent Deacons Male Religious Female Religious Parishes Source
1970 194,948 560,000 34.8% 165 37 202 965 50 1,565 142 ap1971
1980 242,950 200 47 247 983 56 1,693 179 ap1981
1990 334,390 805,990 41.5% 237 61 298 1,122 69 2,098 197 ap1991
1999 474,530 1,255,410 37.8% 280 104 384 1,235 214 2,738 213 ap2000
2000 495,520 1,273,130 38.9% 286 115 401 1,235 229 2,858 223 ap2001
2001 500,180 1,320,230 37.9% 273 124 397 1,259 241 2,867 225 ap2002
2002 400,318 1,194,318 33.5% 275 83 358 1,118 203 2,870 226 ap2003
2003 500,580 1,315,230 38.1% 274 122 396 1,264 272 2,661 227 ap2004
2004 206,270 702,300 29.4% 176 86 262 787 171 2,070 112 ap2005
2009 223,990 764,050 29.3% 176 96 272 823 186 2,256 115 ap2010

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.


Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased

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Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam is a Roman Catholic diocese in India, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Pius XII in 1957. Mar George Punnakottil served as the bishop until January 10, 2013, when his resignation was accepted by the synod. He will be succeeded by George Madathikandathil.[1]

Situated in the central region of the Indian state of Kerala, the Eparchy of Kothamangalam lies extended in Ernakulam and Idukkii districts of Kerala, neighbouring the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, eparchies of Irinjalakuda, Idukki and Pala.

English: Picture of Vazhappilly church

English: Picture of Vazhappilly church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vazhappilly Church

Contents

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[edit] Boundaries

North: River Chalakudy and northern boundary of Devicolam Taluk
East: Uzhavathadam River – Cheeyapara Waterfalls – Karimanal Power house – Kulamavu Dam (Eastern boundaries of Pazhampallichal, Neendapara, Rajagiri and Uppukunnu parishes)
West: Eastern boundaries of Thripunithara and Vallam of Ernakulam Archeparchy
South: Southern boundaries of Ramamangalam,Memuri,Marady and Arakuzha Villages of Marika Kara and Purapuzha and Karimkunnam Villages,Vazhipuzha River(Kingnithodu),eastern boundary of Velliamatam and southern boundary of Thodupuzha Taluk.

[edit] Population

The Kothamangalam Diocese has a total of approximately 231,300 faithful under its jurisdiction.

[edit] Foranes & Parishes

1.Kothamangalam Forane

1. Kothamangalam
2. Injoor
3. Kallelimedu
4. Keerampara
5. Kottapady
6. Kuruppampady
7. Kutthunkal
8. Kuttampuzha
9. Malippara
10. Manikandamchal
11. Mathirappilly
12. Nadukani
13. Nedungapra
14. Nellimattom
15. Njayappilly
16. Pooyamkutty
17. Thrikkariyoor
18. Urulanthanni
19. Vadattupara
20. Veliyelchaal
21. Vettampara
22. Allungal

2.Arakkuzha Forane

1. Arakuzha
2. Arikkuzha
3. Meenkunnam
4. Peringuzha
5. Perumballur
6. Thottakkara

3.Kaliyar Forane

1. Kaliyar
2. Koduvely
3. Mannukkad
4. Mundanmudy
5. Njarakkad
6. Thennathur
7. Thommankuthu
8. Vannappuram

4.Karimannoor Forane

1. Karimannoor
2. Cheenikkuzhy
3. Cheppukulam
4. Chilavu
5. Kaithappara
6. Malayinchi
7. Mulappuram
8. Neyyasserry
9. Pallikkamuri
10. Peringasserry
11. Thattakkuzha
12. Udumbannoor
13. Uppukunnu

5.Mailakkombu Forane

1. Mailakkombu
2. Ezhallur
3. Kaloor
4. Nakappuzha
5. Perumbillichira
6. Thazhuvamkunnu

6.Maarika Forane

1. Maarika
2. Kolady
3. Kuninji
4. Nediyasala
5. Purappuzha

7.Muthalakkodam Forane

1. Muthalakkodam
2. Chalasserry
3. Kodikkulam
4. Paarappuzha
5. Vandamattom
6. Vazhakkala

8.Muvattupuzha Forane

1. Holy Magi Forane Church, Muvattupuzha
2. St Sebastian’s Church Anicadu
3. Karakkunnam
4. Marady
5. Mekkadambu
6. Mudavoor
7. Muvattupuzha East
8. Randaar
9. Vazhappilly East

9.Unnukal Forane

1. Unnukal
2. Ambikapuram
3. Injathotty
4. Maamalakkandam
5. Neendapaara
6. Neryamangalam
7. Parikkanni
8. Pazhambillichal
9. Perumannur

10.Paingottoor Forane

1. Paingottoor
2. Kalvarigiri (Kulappuram)
3. Kadavoor
4. Mullaringad
5. Pothanikkad
6. Punnamattom
7. Rajagir (Vellallu)

11.Thodupuzha Forane

1. Thodupuzha
2. Alakkodu
3. Anjiri
4. Chittur
5. Kalayanthani
6. Kallanikkal
7. Methotty
8. Nazareth hill (Thoyipra)
9. Nediyakaad
10. Pannimattom
11. Ponnanthanam
12. Thalayanad
13. Thodupuzha East
14. Vettimattom

12.Vazhakkulam Forane

1. Vazhakulam
2. Ayavana
3. Beslehem
4. Enanelloor
5. Kadalikkad
6. Kalloorkkad
7. Kavakkad
8. Nadukkara
9. Vadakodu

[edit] Priests

Priests belonging to the Eparchy 226
Priests working outside 46
Priests out for studies 8
Priests Retired 25

[edit] Educational institutions

University Colleges 2
Engineering College 1
Self financing colleges 3
Teacher Training College 1
Technical Schools 6
Higher Secondary Schools 21
High Schools 20
Upper Primary Schools 26
Lower Primary Schools 51
Unrecognized Schools 4
Nursery Schools 53

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam is a Roman Catholic diocese in India, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Pius XII in 1957. Mar George Punnakottil served as the bishop until January 10, 2013, when his resignation was accepted by the synod. He will be succeeded by George Madathikandathil.[1]

Situated in the central region of the Indian state of Kerala, the Eparchy of Kothamangalam lies extended in Ernakulam and Idukkii districts of Kerala, neighbouring the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, eparchies of Irinjalakuda, Idukki and Pala.

Vazhappilly Church

Contents

[hide]

[edit] Boundaries

North: River Chalakudy and northern boundary of Devicolam Taluk
East: Uzhavathadam River – Cheeyapara Waterfalls – Karimanal Power house – Kulamavu Dam (Eastern boundaries of Pazhampallichal, Neendapara, Rajagiri and Uppukunnu parishes)
West: Eastern boundaries of Thripunithara and Vallam of Ernakulam Archeparchy
South: Southern boundaries of Ramamangalam,Memuri,Marady and Arakuzha Villages of Marika Kara and Purapuzha and Karimkunnam Villages,Vazhipuzha River(Kingnithodu),eastern boundary of Velliamatam and southern boundary of Thodupuzha Taluk.

[edit] Population

The Kothamangalam Diocese has a total of approximately 231,300 faithful under its jurisdiction.

[edit] Foranes & Parishes

1.Kothamangalam Forane

1. Kothamangalam
2. Injoor
3. Kallelimedu
4. Keerampara
5. Kottapady
6. Kuruppampady
7. Kutthunkal
8. Kuttampuzha
9. Malippara
10. Manikandamchal
11. Mathirappilly
12. Nadukani
13. Nedungapra
14. Nellimattom
15. Njayappilly
16. Pooyamkutty
17. Thrikkariyoor
18. Urulanthanni
19. Vadattupara
20. Veliyelchaal
21. Vettampara
22. Allungal

2.Arakkuzha Forane

1. Arakuzha
2. Arikkuzha
3. Meenkunnam
4. Peringuzha
5. Perumballur
6. Thottakkara

3.Kaliyar Forane

1. Kaliyar
2. Koduvely
3. Mannukkad
4. Mundanmudy
5. Njarakkad
6. Thennathur
7. Thommankuthu
8. Vannappuram

4.Karimannoor Forane

1. Karimannoor
2. Cheenikkuzhy
3. Cheppukulam
4. Chilavu
5. Kaithappara
6. Malayinchi
7. Mulappuram
8. Neyyasserry
9. Pallikkamuri
10. Peringasserry
11. Thattakkuzha
12. Udumbannoor
13. Uppukunnu

5.Mailakkombu Forane

1. Mailakkombu
2. Ezhallur
3. Kaloor
4. Nakappuzha
5. Perumbillichira
6. Thazhuvamkunnu

6.Maarika Forane

1. Maarika
2. Kolady
3. Kuninji
4. Nediyasala
5. Purappuzha

7.Muthalakkodam Forane

1. Muthalakkodam
2. Chalasserry
3. Kodikkulam
4. Paarappuzha
5. Vandamattom
6. Vazhakkala

8.Muvattupuzha Forane

1. Holy Magi Forane Church, Muvattupuzha
2. St Sebastian’s Church Anicadu
3. Karakkunnam
4. Marady
5. Mekkadambu
6. Mudavoor
7. Muvattupuzha East
8. Randaar
9. Vazhappilly East

9.Unnukal Forane

1. Unnukal
2. Ambikapuram
3. Injathotty
4. Maamalakkandam
5. Neendapaara
6. Neryamangalam
7. Parikkanni
8. Pazhambillichal
9. Perumannur

10.Paingottoor Forane

1. Paingottoor
2. Kalvarigiri (Kulappuram)
3. Kadavoor
4. Mullaringad
5. Pothanikkad
6. Punnamattom
7. Rajagir (Vellallu)

11.Thodupuzha Forane

1. Thodupuzha
2. Alakkodu
3. Anjiri
4. Chittur
5. Kalayanthani
6. Kallanikkal
7. Methotty
8. Nazareth hill (Thoyipra)
9. Nediyakaad
10. Pannimattom
11. Ponnanthanam
12. Thalayanad
13. Thodupuzha East
14. Vettimattom

12.Vazhakkulam Forane

1. Vazhakulam
2. Ayavana
3. Beslehem
4. Enanelloor
5. Kadalikkad
6. Kalloorkkad
7. Kavakkad
8. Nadukkara
9. Vadakodu

[edit] Priests

Priests belonging to the Eparchy 226
Priests working outside 46
Priests out for studies 8
Priests Retired 25

[edit] Educational institutions

University Colleges 2
Engineering College 1
Self financing colleges 3
Teacher Training College 1
Technical Schools 6
Higher Secondary Schools 21
High Schools 20
Upper Primary Schools 26
Lower Primary Schools 51
Unrecognized Schools 4
Nursery Schools 53
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