Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Thrissur

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Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Trichur
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Location
CountryIndia
TerritoryThrissur district
Ecclesiastical provinceKerala
MetropolitanThrissur
Statistics
Population
- Total
- Catholics

2,018,635
470,056
Parishes205
Churches254
Schools23
Members500,000
Information
DenominationSyro-Malabar Catholic Church
RiteEast Syriac Rite
Established1887
CathedralOur Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral,
Co-cathedralBasilica of Our Lady of Dolours
Patron saintOur Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopMar Andrews Thazhath, Archbishop of Thrissur
Auxiliary BishopsBishop Mar Tony Neelankavil
Vicar GeneralGeorge Edakulathur
Bishops emeritusMar Jacob Thoomkuzhy
Website
bispage.net/trichurarchdioces

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Trichur, in Thrissur District of Central Kerala, India, with nearly half a million Syro-Malabar Catholics now, used to be the largest Catholic diocese in India when it included the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Irinjalakuda until 1978 and Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Palghat until 1973. Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Irinjalakuda, also located in Thrissur District, has over a quarter million Syro-Malabar Catholics now. Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Palghat in Central Kerala extends to some regions in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. In 2010, the parts of Tamil Nadu under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Palghat were separated to form another Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Ramanathapuram.

History[edit]

The diocese was founded on 20 May 1887 by Pope Pius XI by his papal bull Quod iam pridem. The boundaries of diocese were from Periyar (river) in Aluva to Bharathappuzha. Later it was extended to Palakkad district and extended to Coimbatore District in Tamil Nadu and was the largest Catholic diocese in India.

Parishes and population[edit]

The total number of parishes is 205. In addition, there are 52 stations in the archdiocese. The population of Syro-Malabar Catholics in Thrissur Archdiocese is over 475,000. There are 16 foranes under Thrissur Archdiocese. They are:

Serial No. Forane Parishes Stations Houses Catholic Population
1 Lourdes Cathedral 17 1 11746 59539
2 Dolours' Basilica 16 0 10095 54777
3 Chelakara 11 1 1615 8080
4 Erumapetty 11 1 2452 12285
5 Kandassankadavu 13 6 6933 39781
6 Kottekad 8 2 4994 26134
7 Mattom 8 5 3761 18471
8 Ollur 14 5 1052 53211
9 Palayur 14 2 5873 29696
10 Parappur 10 5 3783 17685
11 Pattikad 12 0 2609 13735
12 Pazhuvil 12 4 4425 24892
13 Pudukad 18 4 11038 61064
14 Puthur 10 0 3232 16040
15 Velur 13 2 3775 18528
16 Wadakkanchery 13 1 5174 26872

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