Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Cochin
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population:
6537598
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics:
181026
 
Founded:
4 February 1558
Diocesan Priests:
127
  Total area:
15400 sq. kms
Religious Priests:
52
 
Province:
Verapoly
Religious Sisters:
571
 
Region:
Kerala
Seminarians:
40
  Patron:
Holy Cross
  Languages: Malayalam English
  Civil States: Kerala: The territory of the Diocese of Cochin is situated between the Arabian Sea in the west the Archdiocese of Verapoly in the north and in the east and the Diocese of Alleppey in the south
Contact Diocese Office :
Bishop's House Fort Cochin Cochin - 682 001. KERALA.
Telephone 1:
0484-22 15 400 22 15 401 / 22 15 404
Fax:
22 15 404
 
E-Mail Office:
cochinbishop@eth.net
Website:
 
Most Rev. Joseph Kariyil, Bishops of Cochin
Name:
Most Rev. Joseph Kariyil
Designation:
Bishops     Period: 2009-
Telephone (P):
0484-22 15 402 22 15 403
E-mail (P): cochinbishop@eth.net
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Cochin
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Cochin
 
Pilgrim PlaceWebsite
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Kochi www.santacruzcathedralbasilica.org
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
74
 
Hospitals:
8
   
Degree Colleges:
4
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
11
   
Technical Training Centres:
2
Minor Seminaries:
11
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
18
Monastries:
17
 
Crèches:
4
   
Lower Primary Schools:
15
Convents:
60
 
Counselling Centres:
4
   
Presses & Media Centres:
Formation Houses:
1
 
Social Centres:
4
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
1
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
10
   
Parallel Colleges:
4
 
Physically Challenged:
   
Higher Secondary :
8
       
Boarding Houses:
8
   
Upper Primary Schools:
2
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
20
       
De-addiction Centres:
       
          Aged & Destitute: 11        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Cochin
 
In 1500 the Portuguese Fathers (Franciscan Friars) reached Cochin and established the first Portuguese Mission in Cochin in India. They were followed by the Jesuits (1542) Dominicans (1553) Augustinians (1579) Carmelites (1778) and from 1886 by non religious Portuguese Bishops till 1950. At the arrival of the Portuguese the Christians in Cochin area joined the Roman Latin Rite.

St. Francis Xavier visited Cochin on several occasions and offered Holy Mass in the St. Francis Church where the famous navigator Vasco da Gama was laid to rest on Christmas day of 1524. A monastery of the Franciscans "Santo Antonio" was established in Cochin in 1518 and two others of the Jesuits in 1550 and 1561. In 1553 the Dominicans founded their College and Monastery in Cochin. The "St. Iago Mission" of Palluruthy was started in 1560 and in 1557 the first printing press in India was established in Cochin.

Because of its singular prominence Pope Leo X made special mention of Cochin in his Decree erecting the Diocese of Funchal in 1514. In 1534 when the Diocese of Goa was established Cochin became part of the new diocese.

The Diocese of Cochin was erected on February 4 1557 by Pope Paul IV in his Decree "Pro Excellenti Praeeminentia". At that time Cochin was the second diocese in India and it exercised jurisdiction over the whole of south east of India Burma and Ceylon The first Bishop of Cochin was a Dominican Friar Dom George Temudo (1557-1567). By the Decree "Pastoralis Officii" of Pope Gregory XIII (13-12-1572) the bishops of Cochin were required to take possession of the Patriarchal See of Goa whenever it became vacant.

In 1663 the Dutch conquered Cochin and destroyed all the Catholic churches and Institutions in Cochin except the Cathedral and the church of St. Francis Assisi. During the British conquest of Cochin the Cathedral was destroyed. From 1838 until 1886 the Diocese of Cochin was governed by the Vicar Apostolic of Verapoly. After the reorganization in 1886 five Portuguese bishops ruled the diocese.

In 1950 the Portuguese Padroado was suppressed and the diocese was handed over to the native clergy. Dr. Alexander Edezhath (1951- retired in 1975) was the first Indian Bishop. The present Bp John Thattumkal took charge of the diocese on June 25 2000.

The territory of the Diocese of Cochin is situated between the Arabian Sea in the west the Archdiocese of Verapoly in the north and in the east and the Diocese of Alleppey in the south. As per the Executorial Decree issued soon after the Decree of the erection of the dioceses of Cochin and Alleppey provision is made that the Diocese of Alleppey may have personal jurisdiction of the so called 'Five Hundred Community' who reside within the territory of the Diocese of Cochin and in the same way the Diocese of Cochin may have jurisdiction over the so called "Seven Hundred Community" in the territory of the Diocese of Alleppey.
Prelates of the Diocese of Cochin
Bishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriodBishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriod
Bp. Emeritus John Thattumkal Bishop 2000-2008 Bp. Joseph Kureethara Bishop 1975-1999
Bp. Alexander Edezhath Bishop 1952-1999 Abp. Jose Vieira Alvarnez Aux.Bishop 1942-1951
Dom Abilio AgustoVas Das Neves Bishop 1934 - 1939 Dom Jose bento Martin Robero Bishop 1909 - 1931
Dom Joao Gomez Ferreiro Bishop 1887 - 1879 Dom Jakim De Santa Rita Boethelo Bishop 1832 - 1832
Dom Thomas De Noronha E Britto op Bishop 1819 - 1819 Dom jose De Soledad ocd Bishop 1785 - 1818
Dom Manuel De Santa Cathenna ocd Bishop 1778 - 1785 Dom Sebatiao Da Costa Bishop 1777 - 1777
Dom Clement Jos Colocao Lelita sj Bishop 1745 - 1746 Dom Antonio De Concesao Bishop 1745 - 1745
Dom Francesco De Casconselo sj Bishop 1720 - 1742 Dom Francesco Pedro Dos Martyres Bishop 1717 - 1717
Dom Pedro Pachecco op Bishop 1694 - 1713 Dom Antonino Santa Teresa Bishop 1692 - 1692
Dom Pedro De Silva osa Bishop 1688 - 1691 Dom Antonino De Santa Dionyco osa Bishop 1676 - 1685
Dom Fernando de Santa Maria Bishop 1672 - 1672 Dom Fabiao Dos Reis Bishop 1668 - 1668
Dom Joao Celo Bishop 1650 - 1650 Dom Antonio Da Serpa Bishop 1647 - 1647
Dom Moguel Da Cruz Rangal op Bishop 1633 - 1646 Dom Francesco Baretto Bishop 1630 - 1633
Dom Luiz De Britto A Menezes osa Bishop 1628 - 1629 Dom Sabastianos A Santa Pedro osa Bishop 1615 - 1624
Dom Andrea De Santa Maria ofm Bishop 1588 - 1610 Dom Matheus De Medina osa Bishop 1579 - 1588
Dom Antonio De Baja Bishop 1578 - 1579 Dom Henrique De Tavora op Bishop 1567 - 1578
Dom Giorgio Temudo op Bishop 1557 - 1567