Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Kothamangalam
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 1194318
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 243500
 
Founded:
29-Jul-56
Diocesan Priests: 234
  Total area:
45125 sq kms
Religious Priests: 92
 
Province:
Ernakulam-Angamaly
Religious Sisters: 2318
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 67
  Patron:
Blessed Virgin Mary
  Languages: Malayalam and Tamil
  Civil States:

Kerala: Ernakulam and Idukki

Contact Diocese of Kothamangalam:
Bishop's House Kothamangalam Ernakulam - 686 691. KERALA.
Telephone 1:
0485-28 62 236 / 28 61 625
Fax:
28 61 625
 
E-Mail Office:
bphouseklm@yahoo.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. George Madathikandathil, Bishops of Kothamangalam
Name:
Most Rev. George Madathikandathil
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0485-28 61 555
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Kothamangalam
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. George Punnakottil Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Kothamangalam
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
118
 
Hospitals:
12
   
Degree Colleges:
6
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
23
Monastries:
21
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
130
Convents:
191
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
2
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
18
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
10
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
65
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
53
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 20        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Kothamangalam
 
The Diocese of Kothamangalam was erected by Pope Pius XII through the Papal Bull "Qui in Beati Petri Cathedra" of July 29 1956 and was inaugurated on January 10 1957.

Composed of the three foranes of Arakuzha Kothamangalam and
Mylakomp taken from the Archdiocese of Ernakulam the Diocese of Kothamangalam extends over the taluka of Kunnathunadu Muvattupuzha Thodupuzha Udumpanchola and Devicolam covering an area of 4800 sq. kms. At present there are sixteen foranes. It is surrounded by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam and Madurai and the Dioceses of Kanjirapally Palai Palghat and Coimbatore.

The major part of the Diocese being the hills of the Western Chats with thousands of recent settlers the Diocese gives special attention to the spiritual and temporal needs of these people. Large numbers of Churches educational medical and charitable institutions have been started. Thus the number of Churches and stations has risen.
Prelates of the Diocese of Kothamangalam
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Matthew Pothanamuzhi 1956 - 1977