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Fr. Joy Alappatt,Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

Pope Francis appointed Fr. Alappatt as the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago Continue reading

“Smritipadham” A New Book

Smritipadham is the memory trail of Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry Continue reading

Festal Greetings to Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry

Archdiocese of Kottayam extends greetings to Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry. Continue reading

Name Christian and Surname Church

We cannot love God outside the Church: Says Holy Father Continue reading

Knanaya Missions or Parishes to be Allowed

Presbyteral Council of the Archeparchy of Kottayam unanimously stands for the Knanaya missions or parishes Continue reading

Canonization of Bl. Chavara and Euphrasia on 23rd Nov 2014

Pope Francis declared the date of canonisation on 12th June Continue reading

Good Samaritan National Award Declared

KSSS Good Samaritan National Award goes to Padmashree Sudha Varghese Continue reading

Holy Spirit the Promise of Jesus Christ

Day of Pentecost invites us to pray ardently for Holy Spirit Continue reading

About Us

The Eparchy of Kottayam was erected exclusively for the Southist (Knanaya) Catholics in 1911. The Knanaya Community traces its origin from a group of Jewish-Christian emigrants from Southern Mesopotamia to the South Indian port of Cranganore in AD 345, who formed themselves into an endogamous community. They co-existed peacefully in the Indian nation and fulfilled their missionary purpose of re-invigorating the Church of St Thomas Christians. The original community consisted of about 400 persons belonging to 72 families of seven septs headed by Thomas of Kynai. A bishop by name Uraha Mar Yousef, four priests and several deacons were among them.

As the Catholicos of the East had promised the emigrants that he would send from time to time bishops to India, Uraha Mar Yousef had successors till the end of the 16th century. Under the East Syrian Bishops, the Knanaya Community had their own churches and priests distinct from those of the non-Knanaya St Thomas Christians. This system continued also under the Latin Rite European bishops, who governed the St Thomas Christians...


Ecclesiastical Hierarchy

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Contact Us

Catholic Metropolitan’s House
P.B. No. 71, Kottayam - 686 001, Kerala, India
Phone: 0481-2563527, 2563812, 2300453 Fax: 0481-2563327


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