Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Madurai
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 6715458
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 115166
 
Founded:
08-Jan-38
Diocesan Priests: 110
  Total area:
19626 Sq. km
Religious Priests: 149
 
Province:
Madurai
Religious Sisters: 1062
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians: 13
  Patron:
St. John de Britto
  Languages: Tamil English Malayalam & Telugu
  Civil States:

Tamil Nadu: Madurai Virudhunagar Theni and four taluks - Nilakkottai Kodaikanal Batlagundu Natham and four parishes in Dindigul taluk of Dindigul district

Contact Archdiocese of Madurai:
Archbishop's House K. Pudur Madurai 625 007. TAMIL NADU
Telephone 1:
0452-25 63 30 / 25 66 630
Fax:
25 66 630
 
E-Mail Office:
secretaryab@yahoo.co.in
Website:
 
Most Rev. Antony Pappusamy, Archbishops of Madurai
Name:
Most Rev. Antony Pappusamy
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0452-25 66 737
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Madurai
 
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Madurai
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
369
 
Hospitals:
4
   
Degree Colleges:
5
Major Seminaries:
1
 
Orphanages:
19
   
Technical Training Centres:
7
Minor Seminaries:
16
 
Special Schools:
3
   
High Schools:
12
Monastries:
1
 
Crches:
5
   
Lower Primary Schools:
42
Convents:
178
 
Counselling Centres:
2
   
Presses & Media Centres:
4
Formation Houses:
15
 
Social Centres:
6
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
2
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
50
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
4
   
Higher Secondary :
45
       
Boarding Houses:
24
   
Upper Primary Schools:
39
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
4
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
13
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute: 5        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Madurai
 
The present territory of the Archdiocese comprises of the whole of Madurai civil district Virudhunagar district Theni district and four taluks - Nilakkottai Kodaikanal Batlagundu Natham and four parishes in Dindigul taluk - of Dindigul district.

The diocese was created on January 8 1938 by the Bull "Si inter infidels" and its territory was carved out of the former Tiruchirappalli diocese. Then it included the six out of the eight taluks of former Madurai district the whole of former Ramanathapuram district and five taluks of former Tirunelveli district.

By the Apostolic Constitution "Mutant Res" dated September 19 1953 the diocese of Madurai was raised to an Archdiocese with Tiruchirappalli Turticorin and Kottar as suffragans to Madurai.

On September 9 1973 the taluks of Sankarankoil Tenkasi Ambasamudram Tirunelveli and Kovilpatty were separated from the Archdiocese of Madurai and the Diocese of Palayamkottai was created as a suffragan to Madurai.

On August 30 1987 the Archdiocese of Madurai give birth to one more Suffragan Diocese i.e. the Diocese of Sivagangai.
Prelates of the Archdiocese of Madurai
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Abp. Marianus Arokiasamy 1987-2003 Abp. Casimir Gnanadickam SJ 1984 -1987
Abp. Justin Diraviam 1967-1984 Abp. M. John Peter Leonard SJ 1938-1967