Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Archdiocese of Tellicherry

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Kerala
Patron: St. Joseph
Founded: 31 December 1953
Province: Tellicherry
Status: Archdiocese
Total area: 4,903 Sq.kms.
Total Population : 3,60,500
Catholics Total: 2 94 757
Diocesan Priests: 311
Religious Priests: 0
Religious Sisters: 1538
Minor Seminarians: 72
Major Seminarians: 59

Archdiocese of Tellicherry at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 240Retreat Centres: 01
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 07Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 41Women Religious Houses: 248

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 08Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 12
Orphanages : 23Homes for Aged & Destitute : 15
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 32
Crèches: 03Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 05De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 04HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 03Degree Colleges: 06
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 02
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 08High Schools : 01
Upper Primary Schools: 55Lower Primary Schools:01
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :105Presses & Media Centres : 01


The Diocese of Tellicherry, erected by the Bull 'Ad Christi Ecclisiam Regendam' dated December 31, 1953 of His Holiness Pope Pius XII of happy memory, as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam, is for the Catholics of the Syro - Malabar Church who migrated to Malabar region of the erstwhile Travancore and Cochin States. The boundaries of the new diocese were the same as those of the Latin Diocese of Calicut. But later, as Catholics of Syro - Malabar Church migrated even to the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the boundaries were extended to the present Latin Diocese of Mangalore, Chickmangalur, Mysore, Shimoga, and Ootacamund by a decree of the Holy See dated April 29, 1955.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Mar George Valiamattam
Archbishop Emeritus of Tellicherry
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:30-Nov-1963
Episcopal Ordination:1-May-1989

Tel(P): 09447386601,0490-2341412
Email(P): archbishopgeorgev@gmail.com
Contact Details
Archbishop’s House, Hollow Way Road, P. B. No. 70, Thalassery P. O. - 670 101 Kannur Dt. (Kerala)
Tel(O): 0490-23 41 058
Fax : 23 41 412
Email : diocese@archdioceseoftellicherry.org
Most Rev. Mar George ValiamattamBishop1989-1995
Most Rev. Sebastian Valloppilly Archbishop1955-1989