Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Palai
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Syro-Malabar
Population:
692458
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics:
346250
 
Founded:
00:00.0
Diocesan Priests:
457
  Total area:
8293 sq kms
Religious Priests:
104
 
Province:
Changanassery
Religious Sisters:
3553
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians:
86
  Patron:
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  Languages: Malayalam and Tamil
  Civil States: Kerala: Meenachil Taluk and few villages of the neighboring Taluks in Kottayam Ernakulam and Idukki
Contact Diocese Office :
Bishops House Palai Kottayam -686 575 KERALA
Telephone 1:
0482-22 12 217 22 12 216 / 22 11 379
Fax:
22 11 379
 
E-Mail Office:
aramanapala@sancharnetin
Website:
 
Most Rev Joseph Kallarangatt, Bishops of Palai
Name:
Most Rev Joseph Kallarangatt
Designation:
Bishops     Period: 2004-
Telephone (P):
0482-22 14 338
E-mail (P): aramanapala@sancharnetin
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Palai
 
Bishops NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Jacob Muricken Aux.Bishop 2012-
Most Rev. Joseph Pallikaparampil Retired 1981-2004
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Palai
 
Pilgrim PlaceWebsite
St. Augustine's Forane Church, Ramapuram staugustinesforanechurch.org
Tomb of St. Alphonsa, Bharananganam alphonsa.net
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
169
 
Hospitals:
14
   
Degree Colleges:
14
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
32
   
Technical Training Centres:
Minor Seminaries:
10
 
Special Schools:
9
   
High Schools:
68
Monastries:
22
 
Crèches:
31
   
Lower Primary Schools:
127
Convents:
270
 
Counselling Centres:
3
   
Presses & Media Centres:
3
Formation Houses:
 
Social Centres:
1
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
5
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
27
       
Boarding Houses:
27
   
Upper Primary Schools:
102
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
98
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 28        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Palai
 

Pope Pius XII by the Bull --Quo Ecclesiarim- issued on July 25 1950 bifurcated the Diocese of Changanacherry and out of the territory covered by the Foranes of Palai Muttuchira Kuravilangad Anakkallu (including the present Forane of Aruvithura) and Ramapuram erected the Diocese of Palai as suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-


On August 22 1956 when the Holy See by the Apostolic Constitution --Regnum Coelorum- raised the Diocese of Changanacherry to the status of an Archdiocese and constituted the new Ecclesiastical Province of Changanacherry the Diocese of Palai became one of its suffragans

Prelates of the Diocese of Palai
Bishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriodBishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriod
Bp. Sebastian Vayalil Bishop 1950-1973