Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Kottapuram
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 3601598
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 88683
 
Founded:
00:00.0
Diocesan Priests: 105
  Total area:
3160 Sq km
Religious Priests: 101
 
Province:
Verapoly
Religious Sisters: 604
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 30
  Patron:
St Thomas
  Languages: Malayalam
  Civil States:

Kerala: Ernakulam Palakkad Trichur

Contact Diocese of Kottapuram:
Bishops House Kottapuram Post - 680 667 Kodungallur KERALA
Telephone 1:
0480-28 02 165 / 28 02 865
Fax:
28 02 865
 
E-Mail Office:
kottapuramdiocese@gmailcom
Website:
 
Most Rev Joseph Karikassery, Bishops of Kottapuram
Name:
Most Rev Joseph Karikassery
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0480-28 02 865
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Kottapuram
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Kottapuram
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
158
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
5
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
8
   
Technical Training Centres:
14
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
11
Monastries:
10
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
32
Convents:
42
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
17
 
Social Centres:
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
4
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
2
       
Boarding Houses:
3
   
Upper Primary Schools:
14
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
32
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Kottapuram
 
The Diocese of Kottapuram lies in the civil districts of Ernakulam Trichur Malapuram and Palakkad of Kerala State It has its headquarters at Kottapuram near the ancient city of Cranganore(Muziris) It has a population of about 88683 Latin Catholics

During the reign of Most Rev Dr Joseph KelantharaArchbishop of Verapoly the process of bifurcation of the Archdiocese was first started On the demise of the Most Rev Dr Joseph Kelanthara Protonotary Apostolic Rt Rev Msgr Emmanuel Lopez was elected Administrator on October 19 1986

? ? ?The Most Rev Dr Cornelius Elanjikal was nominated the Archbishop of Verapoly and took charge of the office on March 19 1987 His Pallium investiture took place on June 29 1987 by the Most Holy Father Pope John Paul II As the first prominent fruit of his reign with the permission from the Most Holy Father by the Papal Bull ƒ??Que Aptiusƒ? dated 3 rd July 1987 the Diocese of Kottapuram was erected and the solemn declaration of the same was made on 1st August 1987

? ? ?His Excellency Rt Rev Dr Francis Kallarakal was appointed the First Bishop of the New Born Babe by the Apostolic Letter ƒ??Romani et Pontificisƒ? dated 3rd July 1987 Together with the Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop elect RevDrFrancis Kallarakal on the feast day of St Francis Assisi the Diocese of Kottapuram was officially inaugurated on October 4 1987

? ? ? Dr Joseph Karikkassery Appointed as the Bishop of Kottapuram 18 December 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rt Rev Dr Joseph Karikkassery Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Verapoly the bishop of Kottapuram diocese He took charge of the office on 13th April 2011
Prelates of the Diocese of Kottapuram
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Francis Kallarakkal 1987-2009