Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Latin
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population:
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 219437
 
Founded:
00:00.0
Diocesan Priests: 153
  Total area:
12265 Sq kms
Religious Priests: 33
 
Province:
Trivandrum-Latin
Religious Sisters: 522
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians: 35
  Patron:
St Theresa of Child Jesus
  Languages: Malayalam
  Civil States:

Kerala: Trivandrum and Chirayinkil taluks of Thiruvananthapuram district with a small strip of coastal belt from Kovalam to Pozhiyoor in Neyyattinkara taluk Tamil Nadu: Neerody to Eramainthura of Kanyakumari district

Contact Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Latin:
Archbishops House Vellayambalam Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003 KERELA
Telephone 1:
0471-25 41 643 25 41 642 / 0471-27 25 001
Fax:
0471-2541635
 
E-Mail Office:
catholicostvm@gmailcom
Website:
 
Most Rev Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam, Archbishops of Trivandrum-Latin
Name:
Most Rev Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam
Designation:
Archbishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
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Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Latin
 
Bishop NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Christudas Rajappan Aux.Bishop
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Trivandrum-Latin
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
316
 
Hospitals:
5
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
14
   
Technical Training Centres:
11
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
9
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
34
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
11
 
Social Centres:
14
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
14
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
16
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
10
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
7
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 4        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Latin
 
The Church in Kerala traces its origin to the preaching of St Thomas one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ Hence the Christians here are called ??St Thomas Christians? This Apostolic Church has been in the Catholic Communion From the early centuries especially in the fourth century it came in contact with the Syro - Chaldean Churches and consequently adopted the Syrian Liturgical traditions in its worship In the 16th century it came in contact with the Western Church through its Fathers Owing to the policy of the Portuguese Fathers in Latinising the Liturgy and the indigenous customs of the Apostolic Indian Church a section of the community broke away from the Portuguese ecclesiastical authorities and eventually got into communion with the Jacobite Patriarch of Antioch Ever since the division in the Church attempts were made to regain the original Catholic Communion which could be crowned with success only in the first half of this century
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In 1926 the Episcopal Synod held at Parumala empowered Metropolitan Man Ivanios to enter into negotiations with Rome to effect a reunion with the Catholic Church under the expressed condition that the ancient and venerable traditions of the Malankara Church should be retained and kept intact The Holy Father Pope Pius XI graciously accepted the conditions and welcomed the reunion
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Accordingly on September 20 1930 Archbishop Mar Ivanios Bishop Mar Theophilus Fr John oic Bro Alexander (Fr Seraphion oic) and Mr Chacko Kilileth made their profession of Faith and were duly received into the Catholic Communion by His Excellency Rt Rev Dr Maia Benziger Bishop of Quilon specially deputed by the Holy See The following day two Rembans Rt Rev Joseph Pulikottil and Rt Rev Philipose Cheppad made their profession of Faith and were received into the Catholic Church
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In 1932 His Grace Mar Ivanios made his visit to Rome and His Holiness Pope Pius XI invested him with the Sacred Pallium By the Apostolic Constitution ??Christo Pastorum Principi? (June 11 1932) the Holy Father Pope Pius XI established the Syro - Malankara Catholic Hierarchy comprising the metropolitian Eparchy of Trivandrum and the Eparchy of Tiruvalla
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On March 11 1933 Archbishop Mar Ivanios dedicated his provisional Cathedral at Palayam to the Mother of God and celebrated the solemn Holy Qurbana in the Cathedral on the following day concelebrated by Bishop mar Theophilos the Bishop of Tiruvalla Rt Rev Maria Benzigar the special depute of the Apostolic Delegate
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Archbishop Mar Ivanios having made the Profession of Faith before the august assembly of the Bishops of the three Rites priests and laymen and amidst the acclamations of ??Oxios?? ( a customary hymn for the occasion) was enthroned as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum and the Hierarchical head of the Syro - Malankara Catholic Church The pioneer of the reunion movement in Kerala
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His Grace the Archbishop Mar Ivanios passed away on July 15 1953 A few months before his death on January 29 1953 he consecrated Rt Rev Benedict Mar Gregorios as his Auxiliary Bishop and as the Titular Bishop of Anterdos
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Upon the demise of his Grace Mar Ivanios His Excellency mar Gregorios was made the Apostolic Administrator of the Metropolitan Eparchy of Trivandrum And on January 27 1955 His Holiness Pope Pius XII appointed him the Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum
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Under God??s providence as result of untiring labours of devoted Priests Religious and lay people the Re- Union movement struck roots and made rapid strides enriching the Malankara Catholic Church
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The Silver Jubilee of the establishment of the Hierarchy was celebrated on February 11 1958 at St Mary??s church Vakayar In 1959 the new Archbishop received the sacred Pallium from His Holiness Pope John XXIII His Grace took part in II Vatican Council which was opened in 1961
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The newly built permanent Cathedral was consecrated by His Grace Benedict Mar Gregorios on the 22nd of February 1965?
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His Excellency Most Rev Paulose Mar Philexinos the Metropolitan of the Malabar Independent Syrian Church was received into the Catholic Church on August 28 1977 His was appointed Titular Bishop of Chayal
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His Excellency Rt Rev Lawrence Mar Ephraem who was nominated Auxiliary to the Archbishop and Titular Bishop of Barkuso on November 6 1980 was consecrated Bishop on December 27 1980 at Kottayam during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Reunion movement
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The Golden Jubilee of the Reunion Movement of the Syro - Malankara Catholic Church was celebrated at Kottayam on December 26 27 and 28 1980 His Eminence Wladyslaw Cardinal Rubin the Perfect of the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Churches was the Papal Delegates for the Jubilee Other eminent participants included His Beatitude Maximos V Hakim the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of Alexandria and Jerusalem His Excellency Most Rev Luciano Storero the Apostolic Pro Nuncio to India and Mother Teresa
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A significant development in the recent past has been the establishment of parishes for members of the Syro - Malankara Catholic Church in different parts of India and in the United States of America
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Pope John Paul II blessed us with his Historic visit to St Mary??s Cathedral Pattom Trivandrum on February 8 1986 The Holy Father in his Major speech in
Trivandrum praised the founder of the reunion movement and expressed his high
appreciation of the work and witness of the Syro - Malankara Church
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After 41 years of devoted service Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios passed away on October 10 1994 His Excellency Most Rev Cyril Mar Baselios the Bishop of Bathery became the Apostolic Administrator of the Malankara Catholic Church His Excellency Rt Rev Lawrence Mar Ephraem Proto-Syncellus was elected the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum on the same day
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His Grace Most Rev Cyril Mar Baselios was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of
Trivandrum on November 29 1995 The enthronement of His Grace took place on December 14 1995 As the Metropolitan Archbishop received sacred Pallium from the Holy Father Pope John Paul II on January 9 1996 in Vatican?
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His Eminence Achille Cardinal Silvestrini Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches visited the Archdiocese on 12th and 13th of February 1996
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His Eminence Josef Cardinal Tomko Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples visited the Archdiocese on 2nd November 1996
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Considering the linguistic social and cultural heritage of the people of the region of Kanyakumari and the vast area of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum His Holiness Pope John Paul II at the request His Grace Most Rev Cyril Mar Baselios by an Apostolic Bull dated December 16 1996 created the Diocese of Marthandom having its headquarters at Marthandom

Major Archbishop Cyril Mar Baselios passed away on Jan 20 2007

Catholicos Bawa Baselios Mar Cleemas was elected on Feb 10 2007 and installed Major Archbishop of Trivandrum on March 03 2007
Prelates of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Latin
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Abp. Jacob Acharuparambil OFM Cap 1979-1991 Abp. Peter Bernard Pereira 1966-1978
Bp. Vincent Dereera OCD 1937-1966