Ecclesiastical Details

Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Heirarchy of the Diocese
28 July 1896
Diocesan Priests:
  Total area:
1,500 km²
Religious Priests:
Religious Sisters:
Sacred Heart of Jesus
  Languages: Malayalam, English
  Civil States: Kerala: Ernakulam and Part of Aleppey Kottayam Trichur
Contact Archdiocese Office :
Major Archbishop's House PBNo 2580 Ernakulam Cochin-682 031 KERALA
Telephone 1:
0484 -2355010 / 2352906 2363664
2352906 2363664
E-Mail Office:
Most Rev. Antony Kariyil, Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Most Rev. Antony Kariyil
Archbishop     Period: 2019-
Telephone (P):
E-mail (P): curia@ernakulamarchdioceseorg
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Bishops NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Thomas Chakiath Retired 1998-2012
Pilgrim Centres in theArchdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Pilgrim PlaceWebsite
St. Thomas Mount, Malayatoor
St. Thomas Forane Church, Kottakkavu
St. George Basilica, Angamaly
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam
St. Thomas Forane Church, Kottakkavu
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          Aged & Destitute: 50        
History of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly

The Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly (formerly known as Archdiocese of Ernakulam) occupies a prominent position in the history of the Syro-Malabar Church It was established as a Vicariate by the Bull "Quae Rei Sacrae" of Pope Leo XIII on 28 July 1896 Mar Aloysius Pazheparambil was appointed as the first Vicar Apostolic who assumed charge on 5th November 1896

Under the able guidance of Mar Pazheparambil the Vicariate began to flourish City of Ernakulam was chosen to be the location for the Bishop's House which was completed and blessed on 24 April 1900 Although he had to begin from the scratches his indefatigable labours coupled with the hearty co-operation of the clergy and laity brought the Vicariate within a few years to a position of eminence He continued to govern the Vicariate ably and successfully till his death on 9 December 1919

The progress of the Vicariate both spiritually and materially was accelerated ever since Mar Augustine Kandathil assumed the charge of it on 18 December 1919 Archbishop Kandathil guided the life and work of the archdiocese and of the Syro-Malabar Hierarchy for well over three decades He not only followed the progressive policies of his illustrious predecessor but also opened new avenues of apostolate in keeping with the changing times His accent on charity and piety led to the foundation of many churches schools hospitals homes for the poor and asylums for the aged as well as several Orders of Religious and pious associations

As the Syro-Malabar Hierarchy was established on 21 December 1923 by the Bull "Romani Pontifices" of Pope Pius XI Ernakulam was raised to the status of an archdiocese and was made the centre of the Syro-Malabar Church Its Vicar Apostolic Mar Augustine Kandathil was appointed as the first archbishop

On 20 July 1956 Mar Joseph Parecattil became the Archbishop of Ernakulam By the Bull "Qui in Beati Petri Cathedrae" of Pope Pius XII Ernakulam was bifurcated and the diocese of Kothamangalam was erected on 29 July 1956 The dioceses of Thrissur Thalassery and Kothamangalam became suffragan dioceses of Ernakulam archdiocese Mar Parecattil was made Cardinal on 28 March 1969 and Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary was appointed as his auxiliary on 15 November 1969

The number of churches monasteries convents seminaries schools colleges technical institutions printing presses hospitals homes for retired priests social centres and various associations and institutes dedicated to intellectual and vocational apostolates that have come into being in this archdiocese during Cardinal Parecattil's tenure of office is truly impressive

When Cardinal Parecattil retired from his office on 1 April 1984 his auxiliary Bishop Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese Bishop Mankuzhikary had already played a significant role in the all-round progress of the archdiocese from the year 1970 in his capacity as Auxiliary Bishop and as the Vicar General

Mar Antony Padiyara was appointed as the Archbishop of Ernakulam on 18 May 1985 and he took charge on 3 July 1985 His term of office as archbishop is also marked by a steady development in all spheres of life and activities of the archdiocese

His Holiness Pope John Paul II during his Pastoral Visit in INDIA presided over a Eucharistic Celebration at HMT Grounds Kalamassery whereafter he paid a visit to the St Mary's Cathedral Basilica Ernakulam and spent the night at the Archbishop's House Ernakulam

Mar Padiyara was made Cardinal on 29 May 1988 Fr Jacob Manathodath was nominated as his auxiliary on 6 September 1992 Bishop Jacob who was also the Vicar General assisted the Cardinal in the administration of the archdiocese from 1992 to 1997

A greater landmark in the history of the St Thomas Christians and especially in the history of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam was on 16th December 1992 when the Syro-Malabar Church was declared a Major Archiepiscopal Church -Sui Iuris- with the title of Ernakulam-Angamaly by Pope John Paul II The Holy See thus recognized the legitimate right of the Syro-Malabar Church It also took into account the pre-eminence of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam by making it the See of the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church Thereby the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church is also the Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly The above mentioned document of the Holy Father also prescribes that the residential See of the Major Archbishop is to be at Ernakulam By this document the name of the Archdiocese was changed from Ernakulam to Ernakulam-Angamaly Thus Angamaly an ancient residential See of the Bishop of St Thomas Christians and now a municipal town in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam also got associated with the title of the Major Archbishop It is also worthy of special mention that it was an illustrious son of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam in the person of Archbishop Abraham Kattumana who was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the Pontifical Delegate to the Syro-Malabar Church The Curia of the Major Archiepiscopal Church started functioning in the Archbishop's House which was shifted to Mount St Thomas Kakkanad on 27 May 1995

His Eminence Cardinal and Major Archbishop Antony Padiyara retired from his office on 18th December 1996; and Dr Varkey Vithayathil CSsR was nominated titular Bishop of -Antinoe- and the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese He was Consecrated Archbishop by Holy Father Pope John Paul II on 6th January 1997 His Grace Archbishop Varkey Vithayathil assumed charge of the archdiocese as the Apostolic Administrator The Auxiliary Bishop Jacob Manathodath was appointed Bishop of the diocese of Palakkad and took charge there on 1st February 1997 Msgr Thomas Chakiath was nominated Auxiliary Bishop to the Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Varkey Vithayathil on 17th February 1998 Bishop Chakiath who is also the Vicar General assists the Archbishop in the Administration of the Archdiocese On 23rd December 1999 Holy Father Pope John Paul II appointed Mar Varkey Vithayathil as the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church and as the Archbishop of Ernakulam - Angamaly His enthronement as the Major Archbishop took place at St Mary-s Basilica Ernakulam on 26th January 2000 Fr Sebastian Adayanthrath was nominated Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly by Pope John Paul II on January 03 2002 - - - - - - - - - -

It may be pointed out that the Generalates of the four major religious congregations for men of the Syro-Malabar Church namely the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) the Vincentian Congregation (VC) the Little Flower Congregation (CST) and the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) and the sole Syro-Malabar Provincialate of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins and the two Syro-Malabar Vice Provincialates of Franciscan Conventuals and of the Redemptorist Fathers and of the Claretians are situated in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam A total of thirteen religious congregations for women of the Syro-Malabar Rite have their Generalates in this archdiocese It is worthy of special mention that nine of these congregations were founded in the archdiocese itself

The Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly with its headquarters in the Corporation of Cochin comprises of almost the whole of the district of Ernakulam parts of the districts of Thrissur Kottayam and Alleppey

Historical places like Diamper (Udayamperoor) where the famous Synod convoked by Dom Menezes Archbishop of Goa (1599) took place Chendamangalam where the ancient Vaippincotta Seminary of the Jesuits existed Puthenpally where the Spanish Carmelites conducted a seminary for the Syro-Malabar clergy Kottekkavu (N Parur) and Kokkamangalam (Cherthala) where St Thomas established churches in the first century Malayattoor where St Thomas used to frequent for meditation and prayer Alangad which is the birth-place of Mar Joseph Kariattil who was consecrated in Lisbon as Archbishop of Cranganore (1783) Angamaly which was the residence of Mar Abraham the last Chaldean bishop to govern the Syro-Malabar Christians Edappally where according to tradition a session of the Synod of Diamper was conducted and which is a famous pilgrim centre at present Koonammavu where Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias lived and laboured for a number of years Pallippuram where the Carmelites conducted a seminary for a longtime Ernakulam Kudavechoor Kanjoor and Koratty where there are very ancient churches dedicated to Our Lady attracting pilgrims in thousands from all parts of South INDIA Alwaye where exists the biggest Pontifical Seminary of the world the Pastoral Orientation Centre Palarivattom run by the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council etc are all situated within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium and the new Cochin International Airport also fall within the boundaries of the archdiocese

The centenary of the Archdiocese and the Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee of Cardinal Padiyara were celebrated with great solemnity from 3-10 February 1996 His Eminence Achille Cardinal Silvestrini Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches His Beatitude Raphael I Bidawid the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon and various other dignitaries including ninety bishops of INDIA participated in the celebrations

Prelates of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Bishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriodBishops NamePrelate's StatusPeriod
Most Rev. Jacob Manathodath Apostolic Administrator 2018-2019 Most Rev. Jose Puthenveettil Aux.Bishop 2013-2019
His Eminence George Cardinal Alencherry Archbishop 2011-2019 Most Rev. Sebastian Adayanthrath Aux.Bishop 2002-2019
Abp. Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil C.SS.R Archbishop 1999 - 2011 Abp. Antony Cardinal Padiyara ? Archbishop 1985 - 1996
Bp. Sebastian Mankuzhikary Bishop 1969-1986 Abp. Joseph Cardinal Parecattil ? Archbishop 1956 - 1984
Abp. Augustine Kandathil ? Archbishop 1919 - 1956 Bp. Aloysius Pareparambil Bishop 1896 - 1919