Dioceses of India
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Diocese of Kothamangalam

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Kerala
Patron: Blessed Virgin Mary
Founded: 29 July 1956
Province: Ernakulam-Angamaly
Status: Diocese
Total area:  4,840 sq. kms.
Total Population : 11,94,318
Catholics Total: 2,43,500
Diocesan Priests: 234
Religious Priests: 92
Religious Sisters: 2318
Minor Seminarians: 48
Major Seminarians: 67

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. George Madathikandathil
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:23-Dec-1980
Episcopal Ordination:9-Feb-2013

Tel(P): 0485-2861555, 09526271629
Email(P): madathikandathil@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, P. B. No. 6, Kothamangalam - 686 691 (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0485-28 62 236
Fax : 28 61 625
Email : bphouseklm@yahoo.com

Diocese of Kothamangalam at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 118Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 21Women Religious Houses: 191

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 12Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 18
Orphanages : 0Homes for Aged & Destitute : 20
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 0HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 01Degree Colleges: 06
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 0
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 10High Schools : 23
Upper Primary Schools: 65Lower Primary Schools:130
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :53Presses & Media Centres : 0


The Diocese of Kothamangalam was erected by Pope Pius XII through the Papal Bull "Qui in Beati Petri Cathedra" of July 29, 1956, and was inaugurated on January 10, 1957.

Composed of the three foranes of Arakuzha, Kothamangalam and
Mylakomp taken from the Archdiocese of Ernakulam, the Diocese of Kothamangalam extends over the taluka of Kunnathunadu, Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha, Udumpanchola and Devicolam covering an area of 4,800 sq. kms. At present there are sixteen foranes. It is surrounded by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam and Madurai and the Dioceses of Kanjirapally, Palai, Palghat and Coimbatore.

The major part of the Diocese being the hills of the Western Chats with thousands of recent settlers, the Diocese gives special attention to the spiritual and temporal needs of these people. Large numbers of Churches, educational, medical and charitable institutions have been started. Thus the number of Churches and stations has risen.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. George Punnakottil
Bishop Emeritus of Kothamangalam
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:18-Oct-1961
Episcopal Ordination:24-Apr-1977
Period: 1977- 2013

Tel(P): 09447365119
Email(P): bpunnakottil@gmail.com
Contact Details
NTSTT, Muvattupuzha-686661 (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0485-28 62 236
Fax : 28 61 625
Email : bphouseklm@yahoo.com
Most Rev. Mathew PothanamuzhiBishop1957-1977