Niranam Orthodox Diocese

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Niranam Diocese is a diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church located at Niranam, Kerala.

History[edit]

Niranam diocese is created in 1876 with 22 parishes.[1] First Metropolitan of the diocese was Parumala Mar Gregorios who was later declared by the Holy Synod in 1947 as the saint of the church. Parumala Seminary was the first Diocesan Headquarters.

Today there are 76 parishes and 6 chapels in the diocese. St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Niranam popularly known as Niranam Valiyapally, which is believed to be established by St. Thomas the Apostle in AD 54 [2] is a parish under the Niranam diocese. The diocese controls Karunagiri M.G.D Ashram, Balabhavan, Thiruvalla Marthamariam Mandiram Hostel and Aged Home.[3]

The diocesan headquarters is at Bethany Aramana, Thiruvalla. Present Metropolitan is Dr. Yuhanon Mar Crysostomos.[4]

Diocesan Metropolitan[edit]

List of Diocesan Metropolitan
From Until Metropolitan Notes
1876 1902 Saint Gregorios of Parumala Saint of the church, entombed at Parumala Church
1902 1909 Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysious II Malankara Metropolitan, entombed at Pazhaya Seminary, Kottayam
1909 1912 Geevarghese Mar Dionysius of Vattasseril Malankara Metropolitan, entombed at Pazhaya Seminary, Kottayam
1912 1933 Geevarghese Mar Gregorios Later Catholicos of the East, entombed at Aramana Chapel, Devalokam
1933 1937 Joseph Mar Severios, Valakkuzhiyil Joined Syro Malankara Catholic Church in 1937
1937 1940 Baselios Geevarghese II Catholicos of the East, entombed at Aramana Chapel, Devalokam
1940 1972 Thoma Mar Dionysius Entombed at Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram
1972 1975 Baselios Augen I Catholicos of the East, entombed at Aramana Chapel, Devalokam
1975 1976 Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I Catholicos of the East, entombed at Aramana Chapel, Devalokam
1976 2007 Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Entombed at St. Paul's Mission Chapel, Mavelikkara
2007 Present Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos

List of Parishes[edit]

  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Alapuzha
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Anaprampal
  • Mar Baselios Orthodox Church, Anicad
  • St. Thomas Sleeba Orthodox Church, Anjilithanam
  • St George Orthodox Church, Chengaroor
  • St. George Orthodox Valiyapally, Chennithala
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Chennithala South
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Elavumkal
  • St George Orthodox Church, Erathodu Veeyapuram
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Eraviperoor
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kadamankulam
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kadapra Bethlehem
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Kadapra-Mannar
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Kaipatta
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Kallooppara
  • St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, Kallooppara
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Karakkal
  • Sleeba Orthodox Church, Kaviyoor
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Kuttoor
  • St. Mary's Sehion Orthodox Church, Kunnamthanam, Vallamala
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Vellampoika, Kunnamthanam
  • Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Kuttapuzha
  • St. John's Orthodox Church, Mallappally Bethany
  • Marthamariam Orthodox Church, Mannar
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Manthanam
  • St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, Meethalakara
  • St. Kuriakose Orthodox Church, Melpadom
  • St. John's Orthodox Valiyapally, Mepral
  • St. Elias Orthodox Church, Kalikavu, Mepral
  • Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Mundiapally
  • St. Kuriakose Orthodox Church, Mundukuzhy
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Muthoor
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Mylamon
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Nedumpram
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Nedumpram Vengal
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Nellimoode Bethany
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Niranam
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Vadakkumbhagom, Niranam
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Panayampala North
  • St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, Panayampala South
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Pandankery
  • St. Peter's Sehion Orthodox Church, Parumala Seminary
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Parumala
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Parumala
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Parumala
  • St Peter's & Paul’s Orthodox Church, Pathicadu
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Pavukkara
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Perumpettimon
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Pulikeezhu
  • St John's Orthodox Church, Punnaveli
  • St. Mary's Oorsalem Orthodox Church, Puramattom
  • St. Kuriakose Orthodox Church, Puramattom
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Thalakulam
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Kizhakkekara, Thalavady
  • St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, Thalavady
  • St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Thalavady West
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Thengeli
  • Baselios Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Thirumoolapuram
  • St. Mulk Orthodox Church, Kavumbhagom, Thiruvalla
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Kattappuram, Thiruvalla
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Paliakkara, Thiruvalla
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Valanjavattom
  • St Mary's Orthodox Church, Valanjavattom East
  • St.George Orthodox Church, Valanjavattom West
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Veeyapuram
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Vengal Bethany
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Venpala
  • Mar Baselios Orthodox Church, Kudakkapathal
  • Mar Yacob Burdhana Orthodox Church, Murani
  • Mar Baselios Orthodox Church, Thelliyoor
  • St. John's Orthodox Church, Vennikulam Bethany
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Vennikulam Muthupala
  • St. Behanans Orthodox Church, Vennikulam
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Vennikulam

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Diocese". dioceseofniranam.org. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Niranam Valiyapally - St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Niranam". Niranamchurch.com. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  3. ^ "History of the Diocese". dioceseofniranam.org. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Diocesan Bishop". malankaraorthodoxchurch.in. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

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