Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Quilon

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Rite: Latin
Region : Kerala
Patron: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Founded: 1 September 1886
Province: Trivandrum-Latin
Status: Diocese
Total area: 1,950 Sq km
Total Population : 4,879,553
Catholics Total: 217,797
Diocesan Priests: 103
Religious Priests: 20
Religious Sisters: 130
Minor Seminarians: 0
Major Seminarians: 0

Diocese of Quilon at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 65Retreat Centres: 03
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 0
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 15
Men Religious Houses: 0Women Religious Houses: 0

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 04Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 01
Orphanages : 07Homes for Aged & Destitute : 03
Schools for Physically Challenged: 01Homes for Physically Challenged : 0
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 01
Social Centres : 10HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 06Degree Colleges: 02
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 10
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 12High Schools : 15
Upper Primary Schools: 14Lower Primary Schools:43
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :06Presses & Media Centres : 04


The Diocese of Quilon comprises the major part of the civil district of Kollam, the taluk of Karthikapally, portions of the taluks of Mavelikara and Chengannur which lie south of the river Pamba, in the civil district of Alappuzha.

Quilon was one of the seven churches founded by the Apostle St. Thomas, and of the two Bishops, who tradition says, were appointed by the Apostle, one had his See at Quilon (the other being at Cranganore or Angamaly).

The Syrian Christian immigrants from Persia in the 4th century had Quilon as one of their main centres of settlement. In the year about 922 (hundred years after the foundation of kollam city) two Bishops, Mar Seberius and Mar Protasius (also called Apor and Aport) arrived at Quilon with a large following of Christians.

Since the latter half of the 12th century Quilon became the chief centre of Franciscan and Dominican Fathers.

In 1329, Pope John XXII by a Bull "In Perpetuam Memoriam" dated August 9, 1329, constituted Quilon as an Episcopal See the First diocese in the Indies, and at the time, the only one in the country, as Suffragan to the Archdiocese of Sultany in Persia.

By a Bull "Venerabili Fratri Jordano" the same Pope John XXII on August 21, 1329 appointed the Dominican Friar Jordanus Catalani de Severac Bishop of Quilon.

With the settlement of the Portuguese at Quilon in 1502, together with their Franciscan Friars, the territory was under the Franciscans until 1533, when it became part of the Diocese of Goa, re-established as Suffragan to Goa. On April 24, 1838 the territory was placed under the Vicariate of Malabar (Verapoly).

The separation of Quilon, as a new Vicariate Apostolic, suffragan to Verapoly was decreed and was provisionally executed on May 12, 1845, entrusting it to the Belgian Carmelite Fathers, and finally confirmed as a separate Vicariate Apostolic on March 15, 1853. With the establishment of the Hierarchy in India, Quilon again became a diocese on September 1, 1886.
On May 26, 1930, the southern most part of the diocese was cut off and erected as a separate diocese - the Diocese of Kottar. Later, by another decree of the Holy See dated July 1, 1937, the diocese was again divided and the Diocese of Trivandrum was created and entrusted to the Carmelite Fathers while the remaining portion, the most ancient part of the Diocese of Quilon, was entrusted to the diocesan clergy. The diocese was again divided in 1986 and the eastern portion of the Diocese was separated and erected as the Diocese of Punalur. 

Former Bishops

Right Rev. Stanley Roman
Bishop Emeritus of Quilon
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:16-Dec-1966
Episcopal Ordination:16-Dec-2001

Tel(P): 09447091840,0474-2795140
Email(P): stanley.roman@gmail.com
Contact Details
'Porta Caeli' Bishop’s House, Tangasseri P. O., Kollam - 691 007 (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0474-27 96 140 , 27 99 060
Fax : 27 91 850
Email : quilondiocese@gmail.com
Right Rev. Joseph G Fernandez 
Bishop Emeritus of Quilon
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:19-Mar-1949
Episcopal Ordination:14-May-1978
Period: 1978-2001

Tel(P): 0474-2534535,09447084535
Email(P): ----
Contact Details
Chaplain’s Villa, Cherupushpa Nivas Convent, Umayanalloor P. O., Kollam - 691 589 (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0474-27 96 140 , 27 99 060
Fax : 27 91 850
Email : quilondiocese@gmail.com
Most Rev. Jerome M. FernandezBishop1937-1978
Most Rev. Vincent V. Dereere, OCDBishop1936-1937
Most Rev. Aloysius Maria Benziger, OCDBishop1906-1931
Most Rev. Ferdinand Maria Ossi, OCDBishop1883-1906
Most Rev. Ildephonse Borgna, OCD Bishop1871-1883
Most Rev. Mary Ephrem Carrelon, OCD Bishop1866-1870
Most Rev. Charles Hycinth Valerga, OCD Bishop1854-1864
Most Rev. Maurice of St. Albert, OCDBishop1854-1854
Most Rev. Bernadine Ponta Nova of St. Agnes, OCD Bishop1853-1853
Most Rev. Bernardine Baccinelli of St. Theresa, OCDBishop1845-1853
Most Rev. Jordanus Catalani Bishop1329-1329