Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Palghat
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 2,810,892
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 56827
 
Founded:
20-Jun-74
Diocesan Priests: 125
  Total area:
15733.4 sq. kms.
Religious Priests: 65
 
Province:
Trichur
Religious Sisters: 1573
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 50
  Patron:
St. Joseph
  Languages: Malayalam
  Civil States:

Kerala: Palakkad

Contact Diocese of Palghat:
Bishop's House Noorani Post Bag No 4Palakkad - 678 004. KERALA.
Telephone 1:
0491-25 15 277 25 26 583 / 25 25 129
Fax:
25 25 129
 
E-Mail Office:
palghatdiocese@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Jacob Manathodath, Bishops of Palghat
Name:
Most Rev. Jacob Manathodath
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
1997-     Telephone (P): +91 491-25 25 129
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Palghat
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Palghat
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
123
 
Hospitals:
12
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
20
   
Technical Training Centres:
20
Minor Seminaries:
3
 
Special Schools:
8
   
High Schools:
21
Monastries:
29
 
Crches:
7
   
Lower Primary Schools:
52
Convents:
143
 
Counselling Centres:
5
   
Presses & Media Centres:
3
Formation Houses:
7
 
Social Centres:
9
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
2
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
5
   
Parallel Colleges:
5
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
13
       
Boarding Houses:
17
   
Upper Primary Schools:
31
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
2
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
66
       
De-addiction Centres:
2
       
          Aged & Destitute: 9        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Palghat
 
The Eparchy of Palghat was erected on June 20 1974 through the Decree "Apostolico Requirente" bifurcating the eparchy of Trichur and adding into the territory of the new eparchy a few parishes of the eparchy of Tellichery which were in the district of Palakkad. It was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. The eparchy was inaugurated on September 8 1974.

The episcopal ordination of Msgr. Joseph Irimpen and his assumption of office as the first bishop of the eparchy took place on the same day. It is now a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Trichur. The eparchy covers an area of 4480 km sq.km and comprises the civil district of Palakkad in Kerala. At the time of the inauguration of the Eparchy it had a total of 16 parishes and 8 stations. The number of diocesan priests was 14 and that of the faithful was 20810. It has now 56668 faithful 121 priests incardinated to it and 82 parishes and 43 stations. By the grace of God the eparchy is today what it is. The Lord has done great things for the people of God of this area through the pioneering and missionary work of the priests sisters and the laity under the able and inspiring leadership of Mar Joseph Irimpen. After twenty years of dedicated and loving service Bishop Irimpen retired from his office on December 61994. Even after his retirement he true to his motto spent his time to love and serve. He slept in the Lord on August 23 1997. Msgr. Joseph Veliyathil served the Eparchy as its Administrator from December 6 1994 to February 11997.

Pope John Paul II nominated Bishop Jacob Manathodath the then Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly as the Bishop of Palghat on November 11 1996. Bishop Manathodath took canonical possession of the eparchy on February 1 1997. The eparchy of Palghat was bifurcated and a new eparchy namely Ramanathapuram was erected on 18th January 2010.?
Prelates of the Diocese of Palghat
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Msgr. Joseph Veliyathil Diocesan Administrator 1994-1997 Mar Joseph Irimpen Bishop 1974-1994