Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Tuticorin
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population:
2,555,000
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics:
426169
 
Founded:
12-Jun-23
Diocesan Priests:
216
  Total area:
9000 Sq. km
Religious Priests:
33
 
Province:
Madurai
Religious Sisters:
515
 
Region:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians:
  Patron:
St. Francis Xavier St. Theresa of Lisieux
  Languages: Tamil
  Civil States: Tuticorin Tirunelvely and Kanyakumari
Contact Diocese Office :
Catholic Bishop's House G.C Road Tuticorin 628 001.TAMIL NADU
Telephone 1:
0461-23 20 035 / 0461-23 27 710
Fax:
23 27 710
 
E-Mail Office:
tutya@dataone.in
Website:
 
Most Rev. Stephen Antony Pillai, Bishops of Tuticorin
Name:
Most Rev. Stephen Antony Pillai
Designation:
Bishops     Period: 2019-
Telephone (P):
0461-23 20 030
E-mail (P): tutya@dataone.in
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Tuticorin
 
Bishops NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Yvon Ambroise Retired 2005-2019
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Tuticorin
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
109
 
Hospitals:
10
   
Degree Colleges:
2
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
37
   
Technical Training Centres:
38
Minor Seminaries:
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
27
Monastries:
 
Crèches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
136
Convents:
 
Counselling Centres:
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
12
 
Social Centres:
7
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
2
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
14
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
35
       
Boarding Houses:
   
Upper Primary Schools:
62
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
67
       
De-addiction Centres:
10
       
          Aged & Destitute: 5        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Tuticorin
 

The Diocese of Tuticorin comprises of the major part of the Tuticorin district nearly half of the Nellai district and a small portion of the Kanyakumari district. The Catholics of this area trace their origin to the time of St. Francis Xavier who spent most of his missionary life in this area.

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Separated from the diocese of Tiruchirapalli Tuticorin was created a diocese and entrusted to the diocesan clergy in 1923 by the Apostolic Brief "Quae Catholico Nomini" of Pope Pius XI. It was entrusted to the indigenous clergy with Rt. Rev. Francis Tiburtius Roche sj as it's first Bishop. He was also the first Indian Bishop of the Latin Rite.

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On April 4 1930 the five parishes of Kooduthalai Manapad (Holy Ghost Church) Punnaikayal Tuticorin (Our Lady of Snows Church) and Vaippar which were till then under the Padroado were amalgamated into the diocese by virtue of the Papal Bull "Quae ad Spirituale" of Pope Pius XI.


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Prelates of the Diocese of Tuticorin
Bishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriodBishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriod
Bp. Peter Fernando Bishop 1999-2003 Bp. Siluvaimathu Teresanathan Amalnather Bishop 1980-1999
Bp. Ambrose Mathalaimuthu Bishop 1971-1979 Bp. Thomas Fernando Bishop 1953-1970
Bp. Francis Tiburtius Roche Bishop 1923-1953