Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Kothamangalam

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Eparchy of Kothamangalam
Eparchia Kothamangalamensis
കോതമംഗലം
Location
Country India
Ecclesiastical province Ernakulam-Angamaly
Metropolitan Ernakulam-Angamaly
Statistics
Area 4,840 km2 (1,870 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
748,920
219,800 (29.3%)
Parishes 116
Information
Denomination Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Rite Syro-Malabar Rite
Established 29 July 1956
Cathedral Cathedral of St George in Kothamangalam, Kerala
Patron saint Immaculate Heart of Mary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Major Archbishop George Alencherry
Bishop George Madathikandathil
Metropolitan Archbishop George Alencherry
Emeritus Bishops George Punnakottil Bishop Emeritus (1977-2013)
Website
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.[1]

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.

Boundaries[edit]

Mar George Madathikandathil, bishop of Kothamangalam Eparchy

North: Periyar river
East: Uzhavathadam river, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Kulamavu Dam
West: Kolenchery
South: Ramamangalam, Memuri, Marady, Arakuzha, Purapuzha and Karimkunnam villages, Vazhipuzha river, eastern boundary of Velliamatam and southern boundary of Thodupuzha taluk.

Population[edit]

The Kothamangalam Diocese has a total of approximately 231,300 faithful under its jurisdiction.

Foranes & Parishes[edit]

1.Kothamangalam Forane

1. Kothamangalam
2. Injoor
3. Kallelimedu
4. Keerampara
5. Kottapady
6. Kuruppampady
7. Kutthunkal
8. Kuttampuzha
9. Malippara
10. Manikandamchal
11. Mathirappilly
12. Nadukani
13. Nedungapra
14. Nellimattom
15. Njayappilly
16. Pooyamkutty
17. Thrikkariyoor
18. Urulanthanni
19. Vadattupara
20. Veliyelchaal
21. Vettampara
22. Allungal

2.Arakkuzha Forane (St Mary's Forane Church, Arakuzha)

1. Arakuzha
2. Arikkuzha
3. Meenkunnam (St. Joseph's Catholic Church)
4. Peringuzha
5. Perumballur
6. Thottakkara

3.Kaliyar Forane

1. Kaliyar
2. Koduvely
3. Mannukkad
4. Mundanmudy
5. Njarakkad
6. Thennathur
7. Thommankuthu
8. Vannappuram

4.Karimannoor Forane

1. Karimannoor
2. Cheenikkuzhy
3. Cheppukulam
4. Chilavu
5. Kaithappara
6. Malayinchi
7. Mulappuram
8. Neyyasserry
9. Pallikkamuri
10. Peringasserry
11. Thattakkuzha
12. Udumbannoor
13. Uppukunnu

5.Mailakkombu Forane

1. Mailakkombu
2. Ezhallur
3. Kaloor
4. Nakappuzha
5. Perumbillichira
6. Thazhuvamkunnu

6.Maarika Forane

1. Maarika
2. Kolady
3. Kuninji
4. Nediyasala
5. Purappuzha

7.Muthalakkodam Forane

1. Muthalakkodam
2. Chalasserry
3. Kodikkulam
4. Paarappuzha
5. Vandamattom
6. Vazhakkala

8.Muvattupuzha Forane (Holy Magi Forane Church, Muvattupuzha)

1. Holy Magi Forane Church, Muvattupuzha
2. St Sebastian's Church Anicadu
3. Karakkunnam
4. Marady
5. Mekkadambu
6. Mudavoor
7. Muvattupuzha East
8. Randaar
9. Vazhappilly East

9.Unnukal Forane

1. Unnukal
2. Ambikapuram
3. Injathotty
4. Maamalakkandam
5. Neendapaara
6. Neryamangalam
7. Parikkanni
8. Pazhambillichal
9. Perumannur

10.Paingottoor Forane

1. Paingottoor
2. Kalvarigiri (Kulappuram)
3. Kadavoor
4. Mullaringad
5. Pothanikkad
6. Punnamattom
7. Rajagir (Vellallu)

11.Thodupuzha Forane

1. Thodupuzha
2. Alakkodu
3. Anjiri
4. Chittur
5. Kalayanthani
6. Kallanikkal
7. Methotty
8. Nazareth hill (Thoyipra)
9. Nediyakaad
10. Pannimattom
11. Ponnanthanam
12. Thalayanad
13. Thodupuzha East
14. Vettimattom

12.Vazhakkulam Forane

1. Vazhakulam
2. Ayavana
3. Beslehem
4. Enanelloor
5. Kadalikkad
6. Kalloorkkad
7. Kavakkad
8. Nadukkara
9. Vadakode

Priests[edit]

Priests belonging to the Eparchy 226
Priests working outside 46
Priests out for studies 8
Priests Retired 25

Educational institutions[edit]

University Colleges 2
Engineering College 1
Self-financing colleges 3
Teacher Training College 1
Technical Schools 6
Higher Secondary Schools 21
High Schools 20
Upper Primary Schools 26
Lower Primary Schools 51
Unrecognized Schools 4
Nursery Schools 53

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