Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Idukki
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 797800
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 261480
 
Founded:
09-Dec-12
Diocesan Priests: 118
  Total area:
129060 sq. kms.
Religious Priests: 49
 
Province:
Ernakulam-Angamaly
Religious Sisters: 862
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 82
  Patron:
Holy Cross
  Languages: Malayalam Tamil
  Civil States: Kerala: almost the whole of Ernakulam parts of Thrissur Kottayam and Alleppey
Contact Diocese of Idukki:
Bishop's House Karimban Mainppara P.O Idukki - 685 602 KERALA.
Telephone 1:
04862-23 02 66 23 02 04 23 01 50 / 23 02 04
Fax:
23 02 04
 
E-Mail Office:
curiaidukkidiocese@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. John Nellikunnel, Bishops of Idukki
Name:
Most Rev. John Nellikunnel
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
2018-     Telephone (P): 04862-23 01 00
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Idukki
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Mathew Anikuzhikattil Retired -2018
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Idukki
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
149
 
Hospitals:
5
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
3
Minor Seminaries:
1
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
17
Monastries:
19
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
23
Convents:
138
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
1
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
15
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
6
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
19
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
15
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 4        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Idukki
 
The diocese of Idukki is blessed with a vibrant Christian presence. The history of the catholic presence in idukki region is connected with the history of migration and the intense work of the priests and religious from the diocese of Kothamangalam. When the diocese of Kothamangalam was established in 1956 there were only 17 parishes and mission stations in high ranges with occasional presence of priests and Holy Mass. Fr. Zacharias Pittapillil and Fr. Xavier Pulparambil laboured a lot to establish parishes and mission stations in the high ranges. The centre of activity of Fr. Zacharias was Koompanpara and that of Fr. Pulparambil was Nedumkandom. Their contributions were highly remarkable as it was a period where the bare necessities of life in the literal sense were lacking in the high ranges. Lack of travel facilities inadequacy of medicine proper food and accommodation facilities in the chilling climate of the high ranges were not obstacles to their zealous work.

Priests who followed their footsteps started schools dispensaries and other centers of development. They were the architects of this region. The whole diocese was with the people at the time of the Ayyappancovil-Udumpanchola and Churuli-Keerithodu Eviction. The diocese was in the forefront with relief works in the floods and large-scale landslides which threatened people many a times during the heavy monsoons in the seventies.

In 1963 the high range mission region was divided into four foranes namely Erattayar Rajakadu Vellathooval and Koompanpara. In 1970 Thankamany Vazhathopu and Parathodu were raised to the status of forane churches and later Churuli. ?The diocese started a vibrant mission of establishing schools to bring the light of education to the children.

The leadership and hardwork of Fr. John Vallamattom as educational secretary of the diocese of Kothamangalam is especially memorable in the development of the high range region.

It was due to the hard work of priests and religious and the faithful in this region that the present structure and style of the region is achieved. In constructing roads and bridges bringing electricity and other services to the villages organizing the local public in all fields the parish priests gave a remarkable leadership. Under the leadership of Bishop Mathew Pothanamuzhi and Bishop George Punnakottil the region has made great progress in all aspects especially in the field of education .

When the new Diocese of Idukki was erected in 2003 there were 114 parishes and mission stations.

The total number of the Catholic families in the Diocese of Idukki is around 36147. The Catholic families all the way uphold the traditional catholic customs and practices. Majority of the faithful are deeply religious God fearing and law abiding. The percentage of Church attendance is above 95% on Sundays. Besides the Catholics of the Syro-Malabar rite there are Latin Catholics and Syro-Malankara Catholics in this region belonging to the Diocese of Vijayapuram and Thiruvalla respectively. There are Christians of Jacobite and Orthodox Churches besides various protestant denominations.
Prelates of the Diocese of Idukki