Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Kottayam
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 35465895
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 176429
 
Founded:
29-Aug-11
Diocesan Priests: 190
  Total area:
13 036 Sq.kms
Religious Priests: 91
 
Province:
Kottayam
Religious Sisters: 1253
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 85
  Patron:
Sacred Heart of Jesus
  Languages: Malayalam?
  Civil States:

All Knanaya Catholics of the territory of the Syro Malabar Church

Contact Archdiocese of Kottayam:
Catholic Metropolitans' House P.B. 71 Kottayam 686001. KERALA
Telephone 1:
0481-2563527 2563812 / 0481- 2563327
Fax:
0481- 2563327
 
E-Mail Office:
cbhktym@hotmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Mathew Moolakkatt OSB, Archbishops of Kottayam
Name:
Most Rev. Mathew Moolakkatt OSB
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P):
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Kottayam
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Joseph Pandarasseril Aux.Bishop
Most Rev. Kuriakose Kunnacherry Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Kottayam
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
132
 
Hospitals:
5
   
Degree Colleges:
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
6
   
Technical Training Centres:
Minor Seminaries:
4
 
Special Schools:
11
   
High Schools:
37
Monastries:
15
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
Convents:
185
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
2
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
6
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
91
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
86
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute:        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Kottayam
 
Pope Leo XIII by the Brief "Quod jam pridem" in 1887 created the Vicariates Apostolic of Kottayam and Trichur for the Catholics of Malabar separating them from the Archdiocese of Cranganore and the Vicariate Apostolic of Verapoly and two Vicars Apostolic were given for them from the Latin Rite Dr C. Lavingne sj and Dr Medlycott respectively.

Again the same Pope granted them three bishops of their own rite and nationality in 1896 and by the Brief "Quae rei Sacrae" of July 28 1896 the three Vicariates Apostolic of Trichur Ernakulam and Changanacherry were created.

Later Pope Pius X restored the Vicariate of Kottayam by the Brief "Universi Christiani" of 1911 "Pro gente suddistica" i.e for the section of Syro Malabar Christians who are known as Suddhists descendants of the Colony of Emigrants in the year 345 AD under the leadership of Thomas of Kinai from Edessa Syria. The Vicariate comprises all the churches and chapels belonging to the Suddhist community on the Malabar Coast.

Later Pope Pius XI raised the Vicariate of Kottayam to the status of a diocese on December 21 1923 by the Bull "Romani Pontifices" by creating the Syro - Malabar Hierarchy. By a Decree of April 29 1955 the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Kottayam is extended to all Suddhists of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ernakulam and Changanacherry.

The diocese of Kottayam was elevated to the status of an archdiocese in May 2005.
Prelates of the Archdiocese of Kottayam
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry 1974-2006 Bp. Mar Thomas Tharayil 1951-1974
Bp. Mar Alexander Choolaparambil 1914-1951 Bp. Mar Mathew Makil 1896-1914
Bp. Charles Lavigne 1887-1896