Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Malankara
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malankara
Population: 3234356
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics: 253036
 
Founded:
00:00.0
Diocesan Priests: 124
  Total area:
66938 sq kms
Religious Priests: 28
 
Province:
Trivandrum-Malankara
Religious Sisters: 614
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians:
  Patron:
St Peter
  Languages: Tamil Malayalam and English
  Civil States:

Trivandrum Kollam Pathanamthitta and Alapuzha

Contact Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Malankara:
Major Archbishops House Pattom Trivandrum 695 004 KERALA
Telephone 1:
0471-27 24 001 27 24 002 / 0471-2541635
Fax:
27 25 001
 
E-Mail Office:
archbishop@archtvmin
Website:
 
His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Cardinals of Trivandrum-Malankara
Name:
His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos
Designation:
Cardinals     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
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Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Malankara
 
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Trivandrum-Malankara
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
82
 
Hospitals:
10
   
Degree Colleges:
6
Major Seminaries:
1
 
Orphanages:
   
Technical Training Centres:
4
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
29
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
87
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
3
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
6
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
2
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
16
       
Boarding Houses:
5
   
Upper Primary Schools:
44
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
30
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 2        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Malankara
 
The Latin Diocese of Trivandrum has the territory consisiting of Trivandrum and Chirayinkil Taluks of Thiruvananthapuram District with a small strip of coastal belt from Kovalam to Pozhiyoor in Neyyattinkara Taluk and Neerody to Eramainthura of K K District in Tamilnadu?
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Christianity in these parts dates from the time of the arrival of the Portuguese in India and perhaps earlier It is very likely that the Franciscan and Dominican fathers of the middle ages who evangelized Quilon and its suburbs worked also in Trivandrum Some of the Churches of this Diocese claim to be of pre-Portuguese origin?
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With the arrival of the Portuguese but especially with the advent of the pioneer missionary St Francis Xavier Christanity spread far and wide in these parts with the result that by the close of the sixteenth century there were well-established christian communities all along the coast But unfortunately with the suppression of the Society of Jesus this missionary enterprise came to a close?
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The second phase of the missionary enterprise in the Diocese begins with the dawn of the present century The saintly Archbishop Benziger who became Co-adjutor Bishop of Quilon in 1900 and Bishop in 1905 was the apostle who propagated Christianity in the Diocese through the fragrance of his saintly life wise leadership and unceasing assistance to his priests In 1931 when he retired to the Carmel Hill monastery there were Christian communities established in almost all places of the interior region As early as 1919 Abp Benziger recommended the establishment of the Latin Diocese of Trivandrum but it materialized only after his retirement?
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On July 1 1937 by the Bull ?? In Ora Malabarica? Pope Pius XI created the Latin Diocese of Trivandrum with the four taluks of Neyyattinkara Nedumangad Trivandrum and Chiryinkeezh bifurcated from the Diocese of Quilon Bishop Vincent V Dereere OCD Bishop of Quilon was transferred to the newly erected Latin Diocese of Trivandrum which was entrusted to the Carmelites of the Flanders Province (Belgium)?
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In 1952 when the Diocese of Alleppey was erected by the bifurcation of the Padroado Diocese of Cochin the narrow strip of coastal parishes which formed the Trivandrum Portuguese Mission was temporarily annexed to the Latin Diocese of Trivandrum with with Bishop Vincent V Dereere ocd as its administrator On May 20 1955 this territory was definitely integrated in the Latin Diocese of Trivandrum?
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On October 24 1966 when Bishop Vincent V Dereere ocd resigned from the See of Trivandrum Bishop Peter Bernard Pereira was the first Indian to be appointed Bishop of Trivandrum and the Diocese passed into the hands of the indigenous clergy?
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On July 16 1996 by the Bull ??Ad aptius Provehendum? of Pope John Paul II the Diocese is bifurcated to form the new Diocese of Neyyattinkara?
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The Diocese is bounded on the north by the Diocese of Quilon on the East by the Diocese of Neyyatinkara on the West by the Arabian Sea and on the South by the Diocese of Kottar?

Prelates of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum-Malankara
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Most Rev. Samuel Mar Irenios Aux.Bishop 2010-2018 Abp. Cyril Mar Baselios OIC 1995-2007
Abp. Benedict Mar Gregorios OIC 1955-1994 Abp. Geevarghese Mar Ivanios OIC 1932-1953