Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy of Pathanamthitta

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Diocese of Pathanamthitta

Eparchiae Pathanamthitta

പത്തനംതിട്ട രൂപത
Country India
Ecclesiastical provinceMajor Archdiocese of Trivandrum
Coordinates9°16′53″N 76°47′14″E / 9.28139°N 76.78722°E / 9.28139; 76.78722Coordinates: 9°16′53″N 76°47′14″E / 9.28139°N 76.78722°E / 9.28139; 76.78722
Area2,100 km2 (810 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
DenominationEastern Catholic
RiteSyro-Malankara Rite
CathedralSt. Peter’s Malankara Catholic Church, Pathanamthitta
Patron saintSt. Thomas
Secular priests89[1][2]
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopMoran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos
BishopMost Rev. Dr. Samuel Mar Irenios
Vicar GeneralRt. Rev. Msgr. John Thundiyath
Episcopal VicarsRt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kurumpileth
Bishops emeritusMost Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom
Location of Pathanamthitta in Kerala
Location of Pathanamthitta in Kerala

The Eparchy of Pathanamthitta constitutes the Malankara Syrian Catholic community in the Vicinity of Pathanamthitta in the Indian State of Kerala. The Diocese came into existence with the consent of Pope Benedict XVI, on 25 January 2010. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom became the first bishop of this Eparchy. St. Peter’s Malankara Catholic Church, Pathanamthitta serves as the Cathedral Church for this Eparchy.[3]


The Syro-Malankara Catholics are one of the oldest Saint Thomas Christians centered in Kerala, India. In the 16th century, the Church in the West came in contact with the Indian Church through the Portuguese merchants and missionaries. But the relationship was fragile and several conflicts evolved among them, which later resulted in the Coonan Cross Oath. The majority of them restored ecclesial relationship with the Portuguese hierarchy (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church) and the rest formed themselves into an independent ecclesial community and gradually got into an ecclesial relationship with the ancient Church of the Antioch. Later, on 20 September 1930 a group headed by Archbishop Mar Ivanios lead the reunion movement and returned to the Catholic Church. The Metropolitan Eparchy of Trivandrum was inaugurated on 11 May 1933 and Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios was installed as its first Metropolitan. To cope up with the tremendous growth of the church the Major Archeparchy of Trivandrum was ramified and a new Eparchy of Pathanamthitta was formed.[4]


As of 2010 there were 100 parishes in the Diocese, served by 89 priests. The diocesan area is basically hilly in nature including a considerable number of tribal colonies. The Exarcate of the United States found its first bishop, Aboon Thomas Mar Eusebius from the Sacred Heart Malankara Catholic Church in Mylapra near Pathanamthitta.[5]

Curia members[edit]

Designation Name
Proto Syncellus (Chief Vicar General) Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Thundiyath
Syncellus (Vicar General) Rev. Msgr. Joseph Kurumpileth
Chancellor Very Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Chediyath
Economus (Procurator) Very Rev. Fr. George Puthenvilayil
Secretary Rev. Fr. Daniel Bethel

The Heads of Various Apostolic Services[edit]

Designation Name
Rector, Minor Seminary Rt Rev.Corepiscopa. Jose Chamakalayil
Director, Catechism Rev.Fr. Geevarghese Palamoottil Theekethil
Spiritual Advisor, Malankara Catholic Association (MCA) Very Rev. Fr. Anto Kannamkulam
Director, MCYM Rev.Fr. Mathew Puthuparambil
Director, Family Apostolate Rev.Fr. Sebastian Kizhakkethil
Director, Bible Apostolate Rev.Fr. Geevarghese Puthuparambil
Correspondent, Aided Schools Rev.Fr. Abraham Mannil
Correspondent, Unaided Schools Rev. Fr. Zacharias Nediyakalayil
Director, Pious Association & Legion of Mary Very Rev.Fr. James Elanjickal
Director, Social Service Rev. Fr. Thomas Malancharuvil (Bobby)
Spiritual Advisor, Vincent De Paul Society Rev. Fr. Martin Puthenveedu
Public Relations' Officer Rev. Fr. Thomas Malancharuvil (Bobby)
Director, Labour Movement Rev. Fr. Abraham Meppurath (Jinse)
Director, Upasana Pastoral Centre Rev. Fr. Varghese Vilayil
Director, Holy Childhood/ Vocation Rev. Fr. Robin Thykkoottathil
Director, Dalith & MadyaNirodhana Movement Rev. Fr. Thomas Chirayath
In Charge of Alter Boys Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Palamoottil Thekkethil


St. Peter's Cathedral Pathanamthitta
St. Edward Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Aranmula
St John's Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Kadammanitta Kadammanitta
St. George Malankara Catholic Church, Ponnambu Ponnambu
St. George Malankara Catholic Church, Elappupara Elappupara
Sacred Heart Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Vadakkupuram
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Kumbazha
St.Mary's Kurishumala Church Perunad
Sacred Heart Malankara Catholic Church Mylapra
St Peters Malankara Catholic Church Attachakal
St.Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Konny
St Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Pambumala
St. John Chrysostom Malankara Catholic Church Mannarakulanji
St.Mary's Malankara Catholic Church,Kumplampoika Kumplampoika
St.Antony's Malankara Catholic Church Vadasserikkara
St.Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Vayalathala
St. George Malankara Catholic Church Athirumkal
St. Teresa's Catholic Church Murinjakal
St.Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Nedumonkavu
St. Georges Malankara Catholic Church, Vallicode Kottayam Vallicode Kottayam
St.Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Angadical
Syrian Malankara Catholic Church Mezhuveli Mezhuveli West
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Kurichimuttam
St. Mary's Catholic Church Chandanappally
St.Thomas Syro Malankara Catholic Church Amalagiri-Kodumudi
St.Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Seethathode
Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Vayyattupuzha
St George Malankara Syrian Catholic Church Thannithode
St. Mary's Catholic Church Thekkuthode
St.George Malankara Catholic Church Manneera
Kokkathodu Catholic Church Kokkathode
St. Thomas Malankara Catholic Church, Valyayanthy Valyayanthy
Malankara Catholic Church, Mekozhoor Mekozhoor
St. Joseph Malankara Catholic Church Karakkad
St.Thomas Malankara Catholic Church Puthenpeedika
St Thomas Malankara Catholic Church, Thumpamon Mampilali Thumpamon
St. George Malankara Catholic Church, Erathumpamon Erathumpamon
St. Benedict's Malanakara Catholic Church, Konnithazham Konnithazham
Malankara Catholic Church, Carmala Carmala
MCC, Puthukkulam Puthukkulam
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, Athumpumkulam Athumpumkulam
St. Sebastian's Malankara Catholic Church, Avolikuzhy Avolikuzhy
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, Chittar Chittar
MCC, Pampini Pampini
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Moolakkayam
St. Theresa's Malankara Catholic Church, Pampavalli Pampavalli
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church Anandappally
St. Thomas Malankara Catholic Church Angamoozhi
Malankara Catholic Church, Anjilikunnu Anjilikunnu
St Patrick's Malakara Catholic Church Chengara
St. George Malankara Catholic Church, Kallely Kallely
St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, Oottupara Oottupara
Catholic Bishop's House, Pathanamthitta Nannuvakkad, Pathanamthitta



  1. ^ a b "Population Statistics"., Syro Malankara Church.
  2. ^ a b Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2012" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 18 November 2012. Information sourced from Annuario Pontificio 2012 edition.
  3. ^ "St. Peter's Malankara Catholic Church,Pathanamthitta".
  4. ^ "The History of the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta".
  5. ^ "Sacred Heart Malankara Catholic Church, Mylapra".


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