Dioceses of India
Total: 1

Diocese of Thamarassery

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Rite: Syro-Malabar
Region : Kerala
Patron: Blessed Alphonsa
Founded: 28 April 1986
Province: Tellicherry
Status: Diocese
Total area: 5,893 Sq. kms.
Total Population : 6,056,500
Catholics Total: 1,27,080
Diocesan Priests: 176
Religious Priests: 20
Religious Sisters: 1399
Minor Seminarians: 40
Major Seminarians: 47

Diocese of Thamarassery at a Glance

Ecclesiastical Institutions

Parishes & Substations : 129Retreat Centres: 06
Major Seminaries : 0Diocesan Minor Seminaries: 01
Congregation Minor Seminaries: 0Religious Formation Houses : 0
Men Religious Houses: 33Women Religious Houses: 166

Charitable Institutions

Hospitals : 09Dispensaries / Clinics / Health Centres: 05
Orphanages : 10Homes for Aged & Destitute : 0
Schools for Physically Challenged: 0Homes for Physically Challenged : 20
Crèches: 0Boarding Houses : 0
Counselling Centres : 0De-addiction Centre: 0
Social Centres : 0HIV / AIDS Centre: 0

Educational Institutions

Professional Colleges : 0Degree Colleges: 0
Parallel Colleges : 0Vocational / Technical Training Centres : 03
Higher Secondary / Junior Colleges : 08High Schools : 18
Upper Primary Schools: 22Lower Primary Schools:20
Nurseries / Pre-Primary Schools :80Presses & Media Centres : 01


His Holiness Pope John Paul II erected the diocese of Thamarassery on April 28, 1986 by the Bull "Constat Non Modo" bifurcating the diocese of Tellicherry. The new diocese consists of the two revenue districts of Calicut and Malappuram.
Bishop Sebastian Mankuzhikary, Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam was appointed the first Bishop of Thamarassery on the same day by the Bull "Pro Munere Nostro de Singulis". The Diocese was formally inaugurated and the Bishop took charge on the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle of India, July 3, 1986 at the Sacred Heart Church, Thiruvambady.
Bp. Sebastian Mankuzhikary died on June 11,1994. Bp. Jacob Thoomkuzhy from Mananthavady was transferred to Thamarassery and he took charge on July 28, 1995. When he was made the Archbishop of Trichur, Bp. Paul Chittilapilly from Kalyan took charge of the diocese on February 13, 1997.

Former Bishops

Most Rev. Paul Chittilapilly
Bishop Emeritus of Thamarassery
Personal Details
Priestly Ordination:18-Oct-1961
Episcopal Ordination:24-Aug-1988

Tel(P): 09447123019
Email(P): paulchittilapilly@hotmail.com
Contact Details
Alphonsa Bhavan, PB No.1
Thamarassery, Kozhikode Dt,
Kerala -673573
Tel(O): 0495-22 23 376, 22 22 569, 22 23 136
Fax : 22 23 019
Email : diocesetmy09@gmail.com
Most Rev. Jacob ThoomkuzhyBishop1995-1997
Most Rev. Sebastian MankuzhykaryBishop1986-1994