Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Palayamkottai

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Rite: Latin
Region : Tamil Nadu
Patron: St. Francis Xavier
Founded: 17-May-1973
Province: Madurai
Status: Diocese
Total area: 6102 Sq.kml
Total Population : 26,77,649
Catholics Total: 1,28,098
Diocesan Priests: 73
Religious Priests: 38
Religious Sisters: 372
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Palayamkottai at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 45Retreat Centres: 0
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 01Religious Formation Houses : 02
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 03Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 19
Orphanages : 15Homes for Aged & Destitute : 03
Schools for Physically Challenged: 02Homes for Physically Challenged : 02
Crèches: 04Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 0HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 04
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 05
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 14High Schools : 17
Upper Primary Schools: 08Lower Primary Schools:0
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :0Presses & Media Centres : 02


Pope Paul VI by the Bull “Romani Potifices” dated May 17, 1973 decreed the erection of the Diocese of Palayamkottai. Bp Savarinathan Iruthayaraj was nominated the First Bishop of the Diocese of Palayamkottai.

This diocese was formed from a part of the Archdiocese of Madurai. It comprises the civil Taluks of Tirunelvely, Palayamkottai, Ambasamudram, Tenkasi, Shenkottai, Sankarankoil, Sivagiri, Kovilpatty and a portion of Ottapidaram taluk with a small area from Srivaikuntram taluk.

The territory of the Diocese of Palyamkottai comprises a part of the civil district of Tirunelvely, and a portion of the civil district of Tuticorin.

Former Bishops

Bishop Emeritus of Palayamkottai
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:8-Dec-1968
Episcopal Ordination:8-Dec-2000

Tel(P): 09443808120, 08825557514
Email(P): bishopjude@gmail.com
Contact Details
C/o St. Antony’s Public School, V. M. Chathiram, Maharajanagar P.O., Tirunelveli - 627011 (Tamilnadu)
Tel(O): 0462-25 22 114
Fax : 25 22 081
Email : bishop@palayamkottaidiocese.org
Most Rev. Savarinathan IruthayarajBishop1973-1999