Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population:
7,096,401
 
Status:
Archdiocese
Catholics:
331881
 
Founded:
4 July 1832
Diocesan Priests:
149
  Total area:
43 955 sq. kms.
Religious Priests:
188
 
Province:
Madras-Mylapore
Religious Sisters:
46
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians:
  Patron:
St. Thomas Apostle Our Lady of Mylapore
  Languages: Tamil Malayalam Telugu and English.
  Civil States: Tamil Nadu: City of Chennai and Thiruvallur
Contact Archdiocese Office :
Archbishop's House 41 San Thome High Road Chennai - 600 004. Tamil Nadu
Telephone 1:
044-24 64 11 02 24 64 08 33 / 044 - 24 64 19 99
Fax:
044 - 24 64 19 99
 
E-Mail Office:
archmsml@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. George Antonysamy, Archbishops of Madras - Mylapore
Name:
Most Rev. George Antonysamy
Designation:
Archbishops     Period: 2012-
Telephone (P):
E-mail (P): archmsml@gmail.com
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore
 
Bishops NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Malayappan Chinnappa SDB Retired 2005-2012
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Madras - Mylapore
 
Pilgrim PlaceWebsite
St. Thomas Mount, Chennai stthomasmount.org
San Thome Basilica, Chennai santhomechurch.com
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
130
 
Hospitals:
44
   
Degree Colleges:
14
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
27
   
Technical Training Centres:
45
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
4
   
High Schools:
43
Monastries:
 
Crèches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
60
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
24
 
Social Centres:
23
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
68
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
13
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
5
       
De-addiction Centres:
4
       
          Aged & Destitute: 5        
     
       
History of the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore
 

The Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore is in the state of Tamil Nadu and includes the city of Chennai and districts of Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram.


According to the tradition Christianity was introduced into Mylapore and its suburbs by the Apostle St. Thomas. He was martyred on St. Thomas Mount near Mylapore in 72. A.D. and his remains were buried at Mylapore in the sepulchre which lies in the Cathedral Basilica.


The old diocese of Mylapore was erected by Pope Paul V on 9th January 1606.

The Vicariate Apostolic of Madras was created on 4th July 1832 and confirmed on 25th April 1934. This Vicariate Apostolic was raised to an Archepiscopal See on 1st September 1886.


The Diocese of Mylapore was from the very beginning under the Portuguese Padroado and in 1950 passed over to the jurisdiction of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.


By the Apostolic Constitution "Exprimaevae Ecclesae" of 13th November 1952 portions of the Archdiocese of Madras and the Diocese of Mylapore were dismembered. From the western portion of the Archdiocese of Madras the Diocese of Vellore was created. The extreme southern portion of the Diocese of Mylapore was created into the Diocese of Thanjavur. From the remaining portions a new Archdiocese was created to be known as the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore. On 14th November 1952 Most Rev Dr. Louis Mathias sdb was transferred from the old Archdiocese of Madras to the new Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore and on 29th November 1952 made his solemn entry and took charge of the new Archdiocese.

Prelates of the Archdiocese of Madras - Mylapore
Bishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriodBishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriod
Bp. Arul Das James Bishop 1994-2004 Bp. Casimir Gnanadickam SJ Bishop 1987- 1993
Bp. R. Arulappa Bishop 1966-1987 Bp. Louis Mathias SDB Bishop 1952-1965
Bp. Manuel de Medeiros Guerreiro Bishop 1937-1951 Bp. Louis Mathias SDB Bishop 1935-1952
Bp. Carlos de Sa Fragoso Bishop 1933-1937 Bp. Antonio Maria Teixeira Bishop 1929-1933
Bp. ugene Mederlet Bishop 1928-1935 Bp. John Aelen Bishop 1912-1928
Bp. Theotonio Emmanuel Ribeiro Bishop 1899-1929 Bp. Antonio de souza Barroso Bishop 1897-1899
Bp. Jose Henrique Reed de Silva Bishop 1887-1897 Bp. Joseph Colgan Bishop 1882-1911
Bp. Stephen Fennelly Bishop 1868-1880 Bp. John Fennelly Bishop 1841-1868
Bp. Patrick Joseph Carew Bishop 1838-1841 Bp. Daniel O' Connor OSA Bishop 1834-1840
Bp. Pedro de Alcantra OCD Bishop 1833 Bp. John Bede Polding OSB Bishop 1832
Bp. Estevo de Jesus Maria OM Bishop 1826-1828 Bp. Joaqim de Menez Athaide OSA Bishop 1805-1811
Bp. Manoel de Jesus Maria Jose OSA Bishop 1788-1800 Bp. Bernardo de S Caetano OSA Bishop 1755-1780
Bp. Theodardo de Santa Maria OSA Bishop 1750-1755 Bp. Antonio de Incarnacao OSA Bishop 1745-1750
Bp. Jose Pinheiro SJ Bishop 1725-1745 Bp. Eugenio Trigueiros Bishop 1723-1725
Bp. Manoel Sanchez Golao Bishop 1715-1723 Bp. Francisco Laynes SJ Bishop 1710-1715
Bp. Gaspar Alfonso Alvares SJ Bishop 1693-1710 Bp. Luiz Paulo da Estrella OM Bishop 1634-1637
Bp. Luiz de Brito Menezes OSA Bishop 1615-1634 Bp. Sebastio de S Pedro OSA Bishop 1606-1615
Bp. Antonia da Assumpcao OSA Bishop ---------