Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam
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|Eparchy of Kothamangalam
|Area||4,840 km2 (1,870 sq mi)|
|(as of 2011)
|Denomination||Syro-Malabar Catholic Church|
|Established||29 July 1956|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St George in Kothamangalam, Kerala|
|Patron saint||Immaculate Heart of Mary|
|Major Archbishop||George Alencherry|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||George Alencherry|
|Emeritus Bishops||George Punnakottil Bishop Emeritus (1977-2013)|
|Website of the Diocese|
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam is an East Syrian Catholic diocese or eparchy in India, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Pius XII in 1957. Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhy was the first bishop of the eparchy. Mar George Punnakottil served as the bishop until January 10, 2013, when his resignation was accepted by the synod. He was succeeded by Mar George Madathikandathil.
Situated in the central region of the Indian state of Kerala, the Eparchy of Kothamangalam lies extended in Ernakulam and Idukkii districts of Kerala, neighbouring the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, eparchies of Irinjalakuda, Idukki and Pala.
North: Periyar river
East: Uzhavathadam river, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Kulamavu Dam
South: Ramamangalam, Memuri, Marady, Arakuzha, Purapuzha and Karimkunnam villages, Vazhipuzha river, eastern boundary of Velliamatam and southern boundary of Thodupuzha taluk.
The Kothamangalam Diocese has a total of approximately 231,300 faithful under its jurisdiction.
Foranes & Parishes
2.Arakkuzha Forane (St Mary's Forane Church, Arakuzha)
8.Muvattupuzha Forane (Holy Magi Forane Church, Muvattupuzha)
2. Kalvarigiri (Kulappuram)
7. Rajagir (Vellallu)
8. Nazareth hill (Thoyipra)
13. Thodupuzha East
|Priests belonging to the Eparchy||226|
|Priests working outside||46|
|Priests out for studies||8|
|Teacher Training College||1|
|Higher Secondary Schools||21|
|Upper Primary Schools||26|
|Lower Primary Schools||51|