Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Marthandom
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Population: 20,669,924
Catholics: 65000
Diocesan Priests: 43
  Total area:
Religious Priests: 5
Religious Sisters:
Tamil Nadu
Seminarians: 23
St.Paul & St. Theresse of Lissieux
  Languages: Tamil Malayalam and English.
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Contact Diocese of Marthandom:
Bishop's House Marthandom 629 165. TAMIL NADU
Telephone 1:
04651-27 01 80 / 27 29 10
27 29 10
E-Mail Office:
Most Rev. Vincent Paulos, Bishops of Marthandom
Most Rev. Vincent Paulos
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    Telephone (P): 04651-27 17 22
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          Aged & Destitute: 2        
History of the Diocese of Marthandom
It is firmly believed and traditionally accepted that St. Thomas one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ had come to India in 52 A. D. Out of the seven and a half churches established by St. Thomas the District of Kanyakumari is having the privilege of having the half church at Thiruvithamcode. Though there was a Christian community in Kanyakumari right from the beginning of the 1st century it could not grow to a sizeable Christian community.

In the 16th century the Portuguese Church Workers arrived in the District of Kanyakumari and as the result of their work the Christian community there began to grow. Later during the British regime in India the Protestant Church Workers also started their work among the people in the district of Kanyakumari which was in fact a part of the erstwhile State of Travancore.

On September 30 1930 when Metropolitan Mar Ivanios together with a group of
four people (a Bishop a priest a deacon and a layman) reunited with the Catholic Church the Malankara Church paved the way for regaining its Catholic communion. On June 11 1932 by the Apostolic Constitution Christo Pastorum Principe His Holiness Pope Pius XI established the Syro - Malankara Catholic Hierarchy comprising the Archdiocese of Trivandrum and the Diocese of Tiruvalla. Mar Ivanios the pioneer of the Reunion Movement extended his mission work to Kanyakumari district with Marthandam as its centre in 1934.

With the dedicated service of the priests and the religious from various dioceses and congregations many parishes and stations of the Malankara Church could be established in the district of Kanyakumari. After the demise of Mar Ivanios under the guidance of His Grace Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios of happy memory the number of parishes and missions increased. Vocation to priesthood and the religious life from this region also increased. At the demise of His Grace Mar Gregorios His Grace Most Rev Cyril Mar Baselios assumed the office of the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Metropolitan Eparchy of Trivandrum.

Considering the linguistic social and cultural heritage of the people of this region and the vast area of the Metropolitan Eparchy of Trivandrum at the request of His Grace Most Rev Cyril Mar Baselios His Holiness Pope John Paul II by an Apostolic Decree dated December 16 1996 bifurcated the Metropolitan Eparchy and erected the Eparchy of Marthandam having its headquarters at Marthandam. Thus the fourth Diocese of the Malankara Catholic Church came into existence and His Excellency Most Rev Lawrence Mar Ephraem took charge as its first Bishop.

The installation of His Excellency Most Rev Lawrence Mar Ephraem as the Bishop of Marthandam took place on January 23 1997 at the Christuraja Cathedral Marthandam. His Grace Most Rev Cyril Mar Baselios the Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum officiated the liturgical ceremony and executed the Papal Bull of the erection of the new Eparchy of Marthandam.

After a prolonged illness His Excellency Bishop Lawrence Mar Ephraem slept in the Lord on April 8 1997.

On April 16 1998 His Holiness Pope John Paul ll appointed Most Rev Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom as the second Bishop of the Eparchy of Marthandam. His Excellency was consecrated as Bishop on June 29 1998 and was installed as the Bishop of Marthandam on July 1 1998.
Prelates of the Diocese of Marthandom
Bishop NamePrelate DesignationPeriodBishop NamePrelate DesignationPeriod
Bp. Lawrence Ephraem Thottam 1996-1997