Dioceses of India
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Diocese of Irinjalakuda

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Kerala
Patron: Sacred Heart of Jesus
Founded: 22 June 1978
Province: Trichur
Status: Diocese
Total area: 1180 sq. kms.
Total Population : 2,52,863
Catholics Total: 257244
Diocesan Priests: 240
Religious Priests: 320
Religious Sisters: 0
Minor Seminarians: 47
Major Seminarians: 52

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Pauly Kannookadan
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:28-Dec-1985
Episcopal Ordination:18-Apr-2010
Period: 2010-

Tel(P): 0480 - 2821582, 09447603816
Email(P): paulykannookadan@gmail.com
Contact Details
Catholic Bishop’s House, P. B. No. 59, Irinjalakuda - 680 121 Thrissur Dt. (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0480-28 26 830
Email : bphijk@irinjalakudadiocese.com

Diocese of Irinjalakuda at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 130Retreat Centres: 02
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 13
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 01Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 01
Orphanages : 01Homes for Aged & Destitute : 04
Schools for Physically Challenged: 02Homes for Physically Challenged : 01
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 01De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 02HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 06Degree Colleges: 01
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 12
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 03High Schools : 13
Upper Primary Schools: 06Lower Primary Schools:24
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :06Presses & Media Centres : 02


Diocese of the Irinjalakuda is blessed by the footsteps of St. Thomas the Apostle since it contains Kodungallur which is the cradle of Christianity of India. From the ancient times, Kodungallur was an important trade centre. This center had trade relations with the Persians, Greeks and Romans. According to the tradition, St. Thomas, the Apostle, landed at Kodungallur (Malliankara), the capital of the Chera Empire in the year A.D. 52. He preached the Gospel here for the first time and founded churches. The apostolate of St. Thomas was fruitful among the people of Kerala. According to Malabar tradition seven Christian communities were formed in seven different places before he was martyred in A.D. 72 at Mylapore. Thus, the diocese of Irinjalakuda was privileged to receive the Christian faith for the first time in the history of India. 

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