Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Vellore
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 6,397,071
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 135550
 
Founded:
13-Nov-52
Diocesan Priests: 147
  Total area:
Religious Priests: 75
 
Province:
Madras-Mylapore
Religious Sisters: 650
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians: 16
  Patron:
Mary Help of Christians Dominic Savio & Maria Goretti
  Languages: English Tamil Telugu and Urdu.
  Civil States:

Tamilnadu: Vellore and Tiruvannamalai

Contact Diocese of Vellore:
Catholic Bishop's House G.C Road Tuticorin 628 001.TAMILNADU
Telephone 1:
0416-22 32 570 / 22 11580
Fax:
22 11580
 
E-Mail Office:
catholicvellorediocese@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Soundaraj Periyanayagam SDB, Bishops of Vellore
Name:
Most Rev. Soundaraj Periyanayagam SDB
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0416-22 32 699
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Vellore
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Vellore
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
84
 
Hospitals:
2
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
31
   
Technical Training Centres:
22
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
2
   
High Schools:
23
Monastries:
40
 
Crches:
3
   
Lower Primary Schools:
66
Convents:
105
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
4
 
Social Centres:
8
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
24
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
32
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
10
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
4
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute: 4        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Vellore
 

The District of North Arcot (here after called as Vellore District) with exclusion of the Arakkonam Walajapet and Gudiyattam Taluks formed part of the Pondicherry Archdiocese upto 1928.

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When the Archdiocese of Madras was entrusted to Salesians of Don Bosco in 1928 the whole civil district of Vellore (except the three taluks of Palmaner Tiruthani and Chittur in the civil district of Chittur) was attached to the old Archdiocese of Madras (Chennai). On November 13 1952 when the Archdiocese was amalgamated and made into the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore Vellore district with the above three taluks of Chittur district were detached from the old Archdiocese of Madras and created into the Diocese of Vellore which comprises the districts of Vellore (excluding its two taluks of Chengam and Tiruvannamalai) and a part of the district of Chittur (i.e. the two taluks of Palmaner and Chittur) and the taluks of Tiruthani in the district of Chingleput.
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By a decree Pro. No. 6404 / 69 dated September 1 1969 of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples the taluk of Tiruthani in the district of Chingleput belonging to the Diocese of Vellore was detached from it and added to the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore and the Taluks of Tiruvannamalai and Chengam in the district of Vellore belonging to the Archdiocese of Pondicherry - Cuddalore were detached from it and added to the Diocese of Vellore.
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By a decree Prot. No. 218 / 75 dated January 20 1975 of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples the five taluks of the civil district of Chittur namely Chittur Palmaner Kuppam Bangarupalayam and Stayavedu belonging to the Diocese of Vellore were detached from it and added to the diocese of Nellore Andhra Pradesh. The civil district of North Arcot was divided into Vellore district and Tiruvannamalai district in October 1989. So the Diocese of Vellore now comprises both the civil districts of Vellore Tiruvannamalai formerly known as North Arcot Ambedkar and Tiruvannamalai Sambuvarayar districts.
Prelates of the Diocese of Vellore
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Malayappan Chinnappa SDB 1993-2005 Bp. Michael Augustine 1981-1992
Bp. Royappan Antony Muthu 1970-1980 Bp. David Maryanayagam Swamidoss Pillai SDB 1956-1969
Bp. Pablo Mariaselvam SDB. 1953-1954