Kandanad West Orthodox Diocese

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Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
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Founder St. Thomas the Apostle
Independence Apostolic Era
Recognition Oriental Orthodox
Primate Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II
Headquarters Kottayam,  India
Territory Universal
Possessions  United Arab Emirates
 Kuwait
 Oman
 Qatar
 Bahrain
 Germany
  Switzerland
 United States
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 United Kingdom
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 Malaysia
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 New Zealand
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Language Malayalam, English, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada, Syriac
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Kandanad West Diocese is one of the 30 dioceses of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

History[edit]

In 1876 Malankara Orthodox Church was divided as 7 Dioceses by Mulanthuruthy Synod. Among that seven, one diocese was Kandanad Diocese, at that time the parishes of Kandanad Diocese were spread across Kottayam , Idukki and Ernakulam District. The first Metropolitan of this diocese was H.G Paulose mar Ivanios (murimattathil bava),who later became First Catholicos of Malankara Orthodox Church,and belongs to Kolenchery St. Peter's and St. Paul's orthodox church. Followed by him this diocese was governed by the following Metropoltans.

H.G Yuyakim Mar Ivanios
H.G Augen Mar Thimothios
H.G Paulose Mar Philoxenos
H.G Joseph Mar Pachomiose

From 1991 this diocese is under the auspicious leadership of H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Severios. In 2002 this Diocese divided into Two Kandanad (E) and Kandanad (W).

Today[edit]

Today including parish churches and catholicate centers there are 41 worship centers in this diocese. There are 34 priests including corepiscopas offering their dedicated services in this Diocese. The diocesan headquarters is now situated at Prasadam centre, kolenchery. All spiritual organisations are very active in this diocese. Besides the spiritual activities, several charitable activities are also functioning under this diocese by the leadership of H G. Dr Mathews Mar severios. The charitable institutions are organized and administered by Mar Pachomios charitable society and Pratheebha charitable trust.

Diocesian metropolitan[edit]

  • Paulose Mar Ivanios
  • Yuyakim Mar Ivanios
  • Augen Mar Thimothios
  • Paulose Mar Philoxenos
  • Joseph Mar Pachomiose
  • Mathews Mar Severios.

Social welfare projects[edit]

The Kandanad West Diocese has initiated several charitable projects.

Pratheeksha Bhavan[edit]

Located at Karimpana, Koothattukulam, Pratheekha Bhavan (The House of Hope) is the rehabilitation home for 50 orphan women who are mentally and physically challenged.

Prasanthi Bhavan[edit]

Prasanthi Bhavan (The House of Comfort) is designed to provide comfort to terminally ill patients who have no place to go. Situated at Kadayiruppu, this institution aims at providing service facilities for eighty poor patients who need long term treatment and protection.

Prathyasa Bhavan[edit]

Prathyasa Bhavn (The House of Expectation) taking care of 50 orphan boys who are mentally and physically challenged. Prathyasa Bhavan is located at South Piramadaom, Pampakkuda.

Prathibha Bhavan[edit]

Prathibha Bhavan is a job orientation centre for unemployed located at Kunnackal, Muvattupuzha. The project aims at training unemployed youths for self-employment through various small scale industries. Income from the sale of products are utilised for the expenses of charitable projects of the diocese. Products of the project are Prathibha Curry Powder, Prathibha Garments, Prathibha Candles, Prathibha Umbrellas and Prathibha Soaps.

Pradhanam[edit]

Helping poor patients by donating medicines.

Promodam[edit]

Promodam (Make people Happy) is a free food service which aims at distributing daily free lunch to inpatients in 11 government hospitals at Piravam, Muvattupuzha, Koothattukulam, Vadavucode, Kadayiruppu, Valakam, Ramamanagalam, Pampakkuda, Thodupuzha, Mulanthuruthy and Pandappilly.

Parishes[edit]

  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Attinkunnu
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Edamaruku
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kadamattom
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Kandanad
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kizhumuri
  • St. Peter's and St. Paul's Orthodox Church, Kolenchery
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kottor
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kunnackal West
  • St. George Sehion Orthodox Church, Kunnackal East
  • Mar Augen Orthodox Church, Maravanthuruthu
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Moolamattom
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Karmelkkunnu
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Mulakulam
  • St. John's Orthodox Valiya Pally, Pampakkuda
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Cheriya Pally, Pampakkuda
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Perumbadavom
  • St. John's Orthodox Church, Peruva
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Peruva

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