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

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 eparchy of Kothamangalam was erected by Pope Pius XII through the Papal Bull 'Quiin beati Petri Cathedra' of July 29, 1956 separating theprotopresbyterates of Arakuzha, Kothamangalam and Mailacombu, of the thenArchieparchy of Ernakulam- Angamaly. Mar Matthew Pothanamuzhi was ordained as the first bishop of the eparchy in Rome onNovember 18, 1956. The inauguration of the eparchy and the installation of thenew bishop took place on January 10, 1957, at Kothamangalam. Mar MatthewPothanamuzhi, who guided the eparchy with paternal care and succeeded in curingthe teething troubles of the eparchy, retired after two decades of memorablepastoral ministry.

Mar George Punnakottil succeeded Mar Matthew Pothanamuzhi. He was ordained andinstalled in office on April 24, 1977. The developmental programmes in theeparchy got a new vigour and verve and there were new initiatives to augmentthis process. 

On January 10, 2013, the 56th anniversary of the inauguration ofthe Eparchy of Kothamangalam, the people of God heard the announcement 'We havea new Bishop'. Bishop Mar GeorgeMadathikandathil wasenthroned on February 9, 2013 as the third bishop of the Eparchy ofKothamangalam. At present, the Eparchy is constituted of 119 parishes.


Situated in the centre of Kerala, the Eparchy of Kothamangalamlies extended in the revenue districts of Ernakulam and Idukki, surrounded bythe Archieparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, and the eparchies of IrinjalakudaIdukki and Pala.

 Boundaries :-

North   : River Chalakudy and northern boundary of Devikulam Taluk.

East     : Uzhavathadam River, Cheeyapara Waterfalls,Karimanal Power House, Kulamavu Dam ( & the Eastern boundaries ofPazhampillichal, Neendapara, Rajagiri and Uppukunnu parishes).

West    : Eastern boundaries of Thripunithura and Vallam Foranes ofErnakulam-Angamaly Archieparchy.

South   : Southern boundaries of Ramamangalam, Memuri, Marady &Arakuzha Villages of Marika Kara and Purapuzha and Karimkunnam Villages,Vazhipuzha River / Kinginithodu, eastern boundary of Velliamattam and southernboundary of Thodupuzha Taluk


Former Bishops

Right 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,(0)6238647099
Email(P): bpunnakottil@gmail.com,bppunnakottil@outlook.com
Contact Details
NESTT, Muvattupuzha-686661 (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0485-28 62 236
Fax : 28 61 625
Email : bphouseklm@yahoo.com
Most Rev. Mathew PothanamuzhiBishop1957-1977