Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Archdiocese of Madurai 

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Rite: Latin
Region : Tamil Nadu
Patron: St. John de Britto
Founded: 8 January 1938
Province: Madurai
Status: Archdiocese
Total area: 8,010 Sq. K.M.
Total Population : 67,15,458
Catholics Total: 1,15,166
Diocesan Priests: 110
Religious Priests: 149
Religious Sisters: 1062
Minor Seminarians: 12
Major Seminarians: 13

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Antony Pappusamy
Archbishop of Madurai
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:7-Jul-1976
Episcopal Ordination:4-Feb-1999
Period:--Email(P): bishopantonyp@yahoo.com
Contact Details
Archbishop’s House, K. Pudur, Madurai - 625 007 (Tamil Nadu)
Tel(O): 0452-25 63 30
Fax : 25 66 630
Email : secretaryab@yahoo.co.in

Archdiocese of Madurai  at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 369Retreat Centres: 02
Major Seminaries : 01Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 15Religious Formation Houses : 15
Men Religious Houses: 01Women Religious Houses: 178

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 50
Orphanages : 19Homes for Aged & Destitute : 05
Schools for Physically Challenged: 03Homes for Physically Challenged : 04
Crèches: 05Boarding Houses : 24
Counselling Centres : 02De-addiction Centre: 01
Social Centres : 06HIV / AIDS Centre: 04

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 09Degree Colleges: 05
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 07
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 45High Schools : 12
Upper Primary Schools: 39Lower Primary Schools:42
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :13Presses & Media Centres : 07


The present territory of the Archdiocese comprises of the whole of Madurai civil district, Virudhunagar district, Theni district and four taluks - Nilakkottai, Kodaikanal, Batlagundu, Natham and four parishes in Dindigul taluk - of Dindigul district.

The diocese was created on January 8, 1938 by the Bull "Si inter infidels" and its territory was carved out of the former Tiruchirappalli diocese. Then it included the six out of the eight taluks of former Madurai district, the whole of former Ramanathapuram district and five taluks of former Tirunelveli district.

By the Apostolic Constitution "Mutant Res" dated September 19, 1953 the diocese of Madurai was raised to an Archdiocese with Tiruchirappalli, Turticorin and Kottar as suffragans to Madurai.

On September 9, 1973, the taluks of Sankarankoil, Tenkasi, Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli and Kovilpatty were separated from the Archdiocese of Madurai and the Diocese of Palayamkottai was created as a suffragan to Madurai.

On August 30, 1987, the Archdiocese of Madurai give birth to one more Suffragan Diocese i.e. the Diocese of Sivagangai.

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Former Bishops

Most Rev. Marianus ArokiasamyArchbishop1987-2003
Most Rev. Casimir Gnanadickam, SJArchbishop1984-1987
Most Rev. Justin DiraviamArchbishop1967-1984
Most Rev. M. John Peter Leonard, SJArchbishop1938-1967
Most Rev. Antony PappusamyAuxiliary Bishop1998-2003