Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Ramanathapuram
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population: 89 24714
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 16694
 
Founded:
18-Jan-10
Diocesan Priests: 14
  Total area:
5196 sq km
Religious Priests: 18
 
Province:
Trichur
Religious Sisters: 308
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians: 2
  Patron:
St. Thomas
  Languages: Tamil Malayalam English
  Civil States:

Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore Erode Karur and Tirupur

Contact Diocese of Ramanathapuram:
Catholic Bishop's House C/o Holy Trinity Cathedral Trichy Road Ramanathapuram Coimbatore- 641 045 Tamilnadu
Telephone 1:
0422-4221795 / 0422-2318413
Fax:
0422-2318413
 
E-Mail Office:
dioceseoframanathapuram@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Paul Alappatt, Bishops of Ramanathapuram
Name:
Most Rev. Paul Alappatt
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
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Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Ramanathapuram
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Ramanathapuram
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
28
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
Minor Seminaries:
1
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
5
Monastries:
15
 
Crches:
2
   
Lower Primary Schools:
8
Convents:
42
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
1
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
5
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
1
   
Higher Secondary :
3
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
8
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
1
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
9
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 2        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Ramanathapuram
 
The Syrian Catholics mostly the Syro-Malabar Catholics from various parts of Kerala had started migrating to different areas of Tamiinadu years back i.e. in the first half of the 20lh century for the purpose of job business etc. It was late Mgr. Zacharias Vazhappilly former Vicar General of the diocese of Trichur who was appointed to coordinate the pastoral activities for the Syro-Malabar migrants in this area. Under the leadership of Mgr. Zacharias a team of priests and religious who were zealous dedicated and hardworking continued their pastoral care. Eventually the number of migrants increased and it led to the arrangement of more infra-structures for pastoral care. It was thus that the first Forane in this area i.e. Coimbatore Forane was formed centralizing Ramanathapuram in the Month of November 1973. That forane comprised of ail the parishes and stations in the extended area of Tamilnadu of the diocese of Trichur. It was a milestone with regard to the pastoral care of the Syro Malabar migrants and the erection of the epachy of Palakkad.

In the light of the application of His Excellency Mar Jacob Manathodath the Bishop of Palghat the XVlth Synod of Bishops of the Sy ro-Malabar Church held at Mount St. Thomsts Kakkanad in August 2008 after having considered the great distance from the eparchial headquarters at Palghat and the geographical linguistic and cultural differences of the faithful in both areas unanimously gave its approval for the erection of the eparchy of Ramanathapuram. Thus after due consultation in the Synod of Bishops and having obtained its consent and the assent of the Apostolic See and having fulfilled everything required by law as per the decree of 18th January 2010 with Prot. No 57/2010 His Beatitude Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church by virtue of the authority vested in him and in accordance with CCEO c. 85#1T erected the Eparchy of Ramanathapuram bifurcating tho eparchy of Paighat. Thus the new eparchy Has its territory comprising the four civil districts of Tamil Nadu namely Coimbatore Erode Karur Tirupurand its See in the City of Rmanathapuram in the civil district of Coimbatore. Fr. Paul Alappatt a priest from the Archeparchy of Trichur was appointed as its first Bishop the same day (Prot. 58/2010).?
Prelates of the Diocese of Ramanathapuram