Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Mananthavady

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The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Mananthavady is a Roman Catholic diocese in India, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was established in 1973 by Pope Paul VI. It is a suffragan diocese of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Tellicherry, the bishop of the diocese is Jose Porunnedom.

History[edit]

he eparchy of Mananthavady was erected by His Holiness Pope Paul VI, by the Bull Quanta Gloria of 1 March 1973 bifurcating the vast diocese of Tellicherry. The diocese of Tellicherry and Mananthavady were erected for the migrated peoples from the central kerala. Population explosion and the shortage of food during the post-war period (1945-1960) induced them to migrate to the uninhabited fertile lands of northern Kerala and to some isolated pockets of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. These places were filled with thick forests and under the threat of malaria and other diseases. The migrated people, being agrarian, risking their own life cleared the forests and settled themselves cultivating paddy, rubber, coconut, coffee, cashew, pepper etc...

The diocese of Mananthavay comprises the civil districts of Wayanad and parts of the civil districts of Malapuram and Kannur in Kerala, the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu and the districts of Chickmangalore, Hassan, Mandya, Mysore, and Chamarajnagar in Karnataka. Of these, the district of Mandya is entrusted to the pastoral care of the Missionary Society of St. Thomas (MST), the district of Hassan to the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) and the district of Chickmangalore to the Norbertine Fathers (O.Pream). The Catholic population is mainly concentrated in Kerala, while Karnataka and Tamil Nadu regions are considered Diaspora. The Eparchy has an area of approximately 37, 697 km2 and a population of 1,65,100 Syrian Catholics. At present there are 143 parishes, 17 independent stations and 37 mission stations.

Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy (Archbishop-emeritus of Trichur) was consecrated as the first Bishop of Mananthavady on 1 May 1973. After 22 years of able guidance, on 7 June 1995 he was transferred to the diocese of Thamarassery. The then Protosyncellus Msgr. Joseph Kaniamattam was appointed by the Major Archbishop as the Administrator of the eparchy on 27 July 1995. On 26 January 1997 Bishop Emmanuel Pothanamuzhy CMI was consecrated the second bishop of the eparchy. After the demise of Bishop Pothanamuzhy on 6 April 2003, Proto-syncellus Msgr. George Njaralakkatt was appointed the Administrator of the eparchy. The present bishop Mar Jose Porunnedom was appointed on 18 March 2004 and was consecrated the third bishop of Mananthavady on 15 May 2004 and took charge of the office on the same day.

The diocese of Mananthavady was bifurcated and new diocese namely Bhadravathi was erected on 21 August 2007. The Bishop of the diocese of Bhadravathi is Mar Joseph Arumachadath MCBS.

The diocese of Mananthavady was again bifurcated and a new diocese namely Mandya was erected on 18 January 2010. The first Bishop of the newly erected diocese, Mandya is Mar George Njaralakatt.

Diocese at a Glance[edit]

General Statistics

Area


13036 km2

Syrian Catholic families


33864

Syrian Catholic Population


1,71,200

Churches

Foranes


11

Regions


01

Parishes


145

Independent Stations


11

Dependent Stations


64

Priests

Incardinated


218

Religious priests working in the dioceses


25

Incardinated to other dioceses


56

Religious Priests from the Diocese


275

Religious Sisters


1298

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals


14

Dispensaries


11

Home for the Physically Handicapped


03

Home for mentally challenged


07

Rehabilitation Centres


03

Orphanages


23

Old Age Homes


13

Hostels


15

Tailoring Centres


10

School of Nursing


02

Social Work Centers


04

Other Institutions


03

Institutions of Secular Education

Regular College


01

Parallel College


01

Higher Secondary Schools


06

Technical Schools


04

H. S.


20

U. P.


25

L. P.


46

Nursery Schools


86

Other Institutions

Press


02

Book Stalls


03

Religious Houses - For Men

Congregations


No. of Houses


No. of Members

CMF 01 03

CMI 06 21

CMSF 03 06

CSsr 01 04

CST Brothers 01 09

CST Fathers 04 12

FSP 02 08

MCBS 02 04

MI 01 02

MMB 02 08

MS 01 03

MSSF 02 03

O. Carm 01 02

O.Praem 01 10

OCD 01 04

OFM Conv. 01 02

OFM Cap 04 09

PSDP 01 04

RCJ 02 05

SAC 02 02

SJ 02 06

TOR 02 06

VC 02 05

Total 106 224

Religious Houses - For Women

Congregations


No. of Houses


No. of Members

AC 01 04

ASMI 02 07

CFMSS 01 04

CHF 03 13

CMC 23 81

DPM 01 4

DSC 02 15

DST 01 03

EF 01 06

FCC 31 176

FMA 01 05

ISSM 01 04

JS 01 03

LSJ 01 03

MLF 01 04

MSI 01 04

MSJ 01 04

MSMI 14 66

OLP 02 08

OSA 02 06

PHJC 01 04

RA 01 03

SAB 01 03

SABS 25 236

SAS 01 04

SCJM 01 04

SCSC 01 04

SCV 04 64

SD 04 14

SDS 01 04

SH 31 298

SJL 02 13

SKD 23 106

SNDS 01 04

SPG 01 03

SR 01 05

SRA 01 05

Srs. Cluny 01 03

Srs. TARBES 01 03

Total 239 1486

Houses of Religious Formation - For men

No. of Houses


16

No. of Students


398

Houses of Religious Formation - For women

No. of Houses


28

No. of Students


183

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