Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Tiruvalla
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malankara
Population: 3256548
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 36975
 
Founded:
11-Jun-32
Diocesan Priests: 121
  Total area:
18255sq. kms
Religious Priests: 11
 
Province:
Tiruvalla
Religious Sisters: 301
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 45
  Patron:
St.John the Evangelist St. Theresa of Child Jesus
  Languages: Malayalam?
  Civil States:

Parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Contact Archdiocese of Tiruvalla:
Archbishop's House Marygiri P.B. No. 4 Tiruvalla 698101. KERALA
Telephone 1:
0469-27101319; 2730620 /
Fax:
 
E-Mail Office:
archtvla@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Thomas Koorilos, Archbishops of Tiruvalla
Name:
Most Rev. Thomas Koorilos
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P):
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Tiruvalla
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Philipos Mar Stephanos Aux.Bishop
Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Timotheos Retired
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Tiruvalla
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
137
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
10
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
4
   
Technical Training Centres:
1
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
9
Monastries:
1
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
18
Convents:
43
 
Counselling Centres:
2
   
Presses & Media Centres:
2
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
9
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
3
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
8
       
Boarding Houses:
6
   
Upper Primary Schools:
15
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
14
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute: 4        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Tiruvalla
 
The Mar Thomas Syrian Christian Community of Kerala was an autonomous Church in the unity of the Catholic Church ever since its foundation in 52 A.D. by St. Thomas the Apostle. They remained one body and flourished in the course of years But in the seventeenth century due to the intervention of the Portuguese fathers a schism occurred. A good section of the Syrians eventually became Jacobites under the Patriarch of Antioch.

Ever since the schism attempts at reunion were made. On September 20 1930 the Reunion Movement took shape with the reunion of two eminent Jacobite Prelates the late Archbishop Mar Ivanios and late Bishop Mar Theophilos. It was a triumph of ecumenism as their reunion took place as a Church accepted with its liturgy customs and jurisdiction. Thus it prepared a way for a complete reunion of the Jacobite-Orthodox Church of Kerala.?

As the Reunion Movement developed speedily Pope Pius XI established the Malankara Hierarchy for reuniting the people and created the Archdiocese of Trivandrum and the Diocese of Tiruvalla by the Apostolic Constitution "Christo Pastorum Principi" dated June 11 1932.

Accordingly the Diocese of Tiruvalla was erected on November 6 1933 and Bp Jacob Mar Theophilos was enthroned as its First Bishop. The diocese extended from the River Pampa in the south to the River Ponnani in the north and from the Arabian Sea in the west to the Western Ghats in the east. The Diocese was further extended to the north from the River Ponnani by the Decree of the Sacred Congregation for Oriental Churches by Prot. N. 534/43. dated February 14 1958 and brought under it the whole Malabar region of Kerala the civil districts of Coimbatore and Nilgiris and Karoor taluk in Tiruchirappally district of Tamil Nadu and the districts of Mysore Mandya Coorg Hassan Chickmangalur Shimoga and South Kanara of Karnataka.

Pope John Paul II by the Apostolic Constitution of October 28 1978 separating the civil districts of Malappuram Kozhikode and Canannore of Kerala Niligiris of Tamil Nadu and Coorg Mysore Mandya Hassan South Kanara Chickmanglur and Shimoga of Karnataka from the Diocese of Tiruvalla created the new Diocese of Bathery which was inaugurated on February 2 1979.

Pope John Paul II sent His Eminence Cardinal Wladyslaw Rubin Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Churches as his delegate to the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Reunion Movement which was held in December 1980 at Kottayam in the Diocese of Tiruvalla. The Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the Diocese was celebrated in January 1984 at St. Johns Cathedral Tiruvalla. His Eminence Achille Cardinal Sylvestrini the Prefect of the Oriental Congregation visited the Diocese in February 1996.
Prelates of the Archdiocese of Tiruvalla
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Abp. Baselios Mar Cleemis 2003 -2006 Bp. Geevarghese Mar Timotheos 1988-2003
Bp. Isaac Mar Youhanon 1978- 1987 Bp. Zazharia Mar Athansios 1955-1977
Bp. Joseph Mar Severios 1950 - 1955 Bp. Jacob Mar Theophilos 1933 -1950