Dioceses of India
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Palai

Diocese of Palai

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Kerala
Patron: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Founded: 25 July 1950
Province: Changanacherry
Status: Diocese
Total area: 1166 sqkm
Total Population : 6,92,458
Catholics Total: 3,46,250
Diocesan Priests: 457
Religious Priests: 104
Religious Sisters: 3553
Minor Seminarians: 59
Major Seminarians: 86

Bishop of the Diocese

Most Rev. Joseph Kallarangatt
BISHOP OF PALAI
Personal Details
Born:27-Jan-1956
Priestly Ordination:2-Jan-1982
Episcopal Ordination:2-May-2004
Period: 2004-

Tel(P): 09447456651
Email(P): bpkallarangatt@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, Palai, P. B. No. 18, Pala, P. O. - 686 575 Kottayam (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0482-22 12 217, 22 12 216
Fax : 22 11 379
Email : aramanapala@sancharnet.in
Most Rev. Jacob Muricken
AUXILIARY BISHOP OF PALAI
Personal Details
Born:16-Jun-1963
Priestly Ordination:27-Dec-1993
Episcopal Ordination:1-Oct-2012
Period: 2012-

Tel(P): 9995680365
Email(P): bpmurickenjacob@gmail.com
Contact Details
Bishop’s House, P. B. No.18, Palai - 686 575 Kottayam Dt. (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0482-22 12 217, 22 12 216
Fax : 22 11 379
Email : aramanapala@sancharnet.in

Diocese of Palai at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 169Retreat Centres: 07
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 02
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 08Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 22Women Religious Houses: 270

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 14Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 05
Orphanages : 32Homes for Aged & Destitute : 28
Schools for Physically Challenged: 09Homes for Physically Challenged : 07
Crèches: 31Boarding Houses : 27
Counselling Centres : 03De-addiction Centre: 01
Social Centres : 01HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 14
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 0
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 27High Schools : 68
Upper Primary Schools: 102Lower Primary Schools:127
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :98Presses & Media Centres : 03

History

Pope Pius XII by the Bull “Quo Ecclesiarim” issued on July 25, 1950, bifurcated the Diocese of Changanacherry, and out of the territory covered by the Foranes of Palai, Muttuchira, Kuravilangad, Anakkallu (including the present Forane of Aruvithura) and Ramapuram erected the Diocese of Palai as suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. 

On August 22, 1956 when the Holy See by the Apostolic Constitution “Regnum Coelorum” raised the Diocese of Changanacherry to the status of an Archdiocese and constituted the new Ecclesiastical Province of Changanacherry, the Diocese of Palai became one of its suffragans.

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Former Bishops

Most Rev. Joseph Pallikaparampil
Bishop Emeritus of Palai
Personal Details
Born:10-Apr-1927
Priestly Ordination:23-Nov-1958
Episcopal Ordination:15-Aug-1973
Period:1981-2004
Contact Details
Bishop's House,
Palai
Kottayam -686 575
KERALA.
Tel(O): 0482-22 12 217, 22 12 216
Fax : 22 11 379
Email : aramanapala@sancharnet.in
NameDesignationPeriod
Most Rev. Joseph Pallikaparampil Auxiliary Bishop1973-1981
Most Rev. Sebastian VayalilBishop1950-1973