Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Vijayapuram
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 3,367,900
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 83369
 
Founded:
14-Jul-30
Diocesan Priests: 117
  Total area:
Religious Priests: 14
 
Province:
Verapoly
Religious Sisters:
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians:
  Patron:
Immaculate Heart of Mary St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
  Languages: Malayalam and Tamil.
  Civil States:

Kottayam Idukki Ernakulam Alleppey Pathanamthitta.

Contact Diocese of Vijayapuram:
Vijayapram Bishop's House Post Box No. 82 Kottayam - 686 001 KERALA
Telephone 1:
0481-25 63 747 / 25 65 863
Fax:
25 65 863
 
E-Mail Office:
getsecretary@yahoo.co.in
Website:
 
Most Rev. Sebastian Thekethecheril, Bishops of Vijayapuram
Name:
Most Rev. Sebastian Thekethecheril
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 0481-25 65 767
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Vijayapuram
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Vijayapuram
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
83
 
Hospitals:
1
   
Degree Colleges:
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
15
   
Technical Training Centres:
4
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
   
High Schools:
9
Monastries:
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
29
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
3
 
Social Centres:
3
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
3
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
5
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
10
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
8
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
18
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 3        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Vijayapuram
 
By the apostolic Bull "Ad Christi Nomen" His Holiness Pope Pius XI bifurcated the Archdiocese of Verapoly and erected the Diocese of Vijayapuram on July 14 1930. The headquarters of the diocese is in Kottayam Municipal Town. As there is an Oriental Catholic Diocese named Kottayam since 1887 the formators decided to name the new diocese Vijayapuram because it was the name of the Panchayath adjacent to Kottayam town and it was the centre of the Church activities of the Diocese. Vijayapuram is characterized by its multiple specialties. It comprises the entire civil districts of Kottayam Idukki and partial portions comprises the entire civil districts of Kottayam Idukki and partial portions of the districts of Alleppey Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta. The diocese has an area of 9000 sq. kms. The total population is 80000.
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Many factors facilitated the formation of this diocese. The presence of Latin Catholics in this area is due to rapid migration from within and outside the state. The first phase of the migration started in the middle of the 18th century when Latin Catholics from the Diocese of Cochin came to Vaisiambhagom Nedumudy Kanjpadam and its vicinities. The second phase began at the first half of the 19th century when people from different parishes of Quilon reached Maramon Ranny Vanavathukkara Thiruvalla Changanacherry and Poovam. The third phase started by the second half of the 19th century when the high ranges of the eastern side began to be used for cultivation tea. People from Verapoly Cochin and from different parts of Tamilnadu settled down in this area for different jobs. The arrival of Bro Rockey Palackal ocd at the end of the 19th century geared upon the fourth phase of the history of the Diocese of Vijayapuram. Bro Rockey as a zealous father worked hard in Kottayam Thellakom Chengalam and Kumarakom and preached the Good News to the native people especially among the so-called low castes. He opted to serve the poor sidelined marginalized and downtrodden and thus secured the name "Apostle of the Outcastes".
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The area Church work of the Archdiocese of Verapoly entrusted to the Carmelites was created to be the Diocese of Vijayapuram. The administration was in the hands of the Carmelites of the Navara Province. The first two bishops were Spaniards- Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter. Bonaventure Arana ocd (1931 - 1950) Rt. Rev. Dr. Ambrose Abasolo ocd(1950 - 1971) and the first Indian to take up the reign of the diocese was Rt. Rev. Dr. Cornelius Elanjickal (1971 - 1987) and the present one is Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Thuruthikonam.
Prelates of the Diocese of Vijayapuram
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Peter Thuruthikonam 1987-2006 Bp. Cornelius Elanjickal 1971-1987
Bp. Ambrose Abasolo OCD 1950-1971 Bp. Peter Bonaventure OCD 1931-1950