Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Kumbakonam
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 5,044,798
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 214115
 
Founded:
1 September 1899
Diocesan Priests: 135
  Total area:
5924.26 Sq.km
Religious Priests: 49
 
Province:
Pondicherry-Cuddalore
Religious Sisters: 453
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians:
  Patron:
Our Lady of Assumption
  Languages: Tamil
  Civil States:

Tiruchirapalli Thanjavur Perambalur Thiruvarur & South Arcot

Contact Diocese of Kumbakonam:
Bishop's House Post Box No. 3 Kumbakonam - 612 001 Thanjavur Dt. TAMIL NADU
Telephone 1:
0435-24 32 232 / 0435-24 23 679
Fax:
24 23 679
 
E-Mail Office:
kumbakonamdiocese@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Antonysamy Francis, Bishops of Kumbakonam
Name:
Most Rev. Antonysamy Francis
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0435-24 31 927
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Kumbakonam
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Kumbakonam
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
88
 
Hospitals:
10
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
9
   
Technical Training Centres:
4
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
3
   
High Schools:
17
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
58
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
10
 
Social Centres:
3
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
13
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
3
   
Higher Secondary :
18
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
15
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
2
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute: 4        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Kumbakonam
 
The diocese of Kumbakonam was bifurcated from the archdiocese of Pondicherry and was erected on 1st of September 1899 by the apostolic letter of Pope Leo XIII. It is prestigious to note that the first two bishops were the M.E.P. missionaries. Rt.Rev.Msgr.Hugo M.BOTTERO led the diocese from 1899 to 1913 and Rt.Rev.Msgr.Marie Augustine CHAPUIS from 1913 to 1930. After a year of able guidance by Msgr. M.A. Xavier as its Apostolic Administrator Rt.Rev. Msgr. Peter Francis became the first indigenous bishop in 1931 and was followed by Rt.Rev.Msgr. D. Paul Arulsamy in 1955. In his tenure of 33 years (1955-88) the diocese witnessed the liturgical and theological renewal of the Second Vatican Council. At his resignation in 1988 Msgr. Antony David as its diocesan administrator led the diocese. The fifth bishop Rt.Rev. Msgr. Peter Remigius was ordained bishop on 3rd January 1990. Under his able leadership and vast experience both at the national and international level he has widened up its horizon towards the integral development of people.


The diocese is situated in 12 civil taluks from 5 districts of Tiruchirapalli Thanjavur Perambalur Thiruvarur and a small portion of South Arcot; it covers 7823 sq.kms. Among the total population of 5044798 the Catholics form 4.66 % Muslims 4.24 % Hindus 91% and others 0.10 %.

The diocese of Kumbakonam has a catholic population of 198048 in 75 parishes and 525 substations grouped under 6 vicariates. The 124 diocesan priests are committed to the diocese with common aims and united efforts with their bishop and brother-priests. About 30 Religious Priests 17 Religious Brothers and 453 religious Sisters cooperate with the diocesan bishop and priests in the apostolate and exercise their charism in the diocese.
Prelates of the Diocese of Kumbakonam
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Peter Remigius 1990 - 2007 Bp. D. Paul Arulswamy 1955-1988
Bp. Peter Francis 1931-1955 Bp. M.A. Xavier 1930-1931
Bp. Marie Augustine Chapuis 1913-1930 Bp. Hugo M. Bottero 1899-1913