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History of Eparchy

The Eparchy of Palai has an area of 1166 Sq.Km. comprising the Meenachil Taluk and a few villages of the neighbouring Taluks in Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki Districts of Central Kerala. The faithful of this Eparchy numbering 3,34,668 belong to the ancient St. Thomas Christian Community.

His Holiness Pope Pius XII of happy memory, by the Bull "Quo Ecclesiarum" issued on 25th July 1950 bifurcated the Eparchy of Changanacherry and out of the territory covered by the Foranes of Palai, Muttuchira, Kuravilangad, Anakkallu and Ramapuram erected the Eparchy of Palai as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. Most Rev.Dr.Leo P. Kierkels, the Apostolic Internuncio in India, published the Bull in the St. Thomas Cathedral Palai on 4th January 1951 and installed Rt. Rev.Dr.Sebastian Vayalil, as the first Bishop of the new Eparchy. On the 22nd of August 1956 when the Holy See by the Ap.Const. ‘Regnum Coelorum’ raised the eparchy of Changanacherry to the status of an Archeparchy, and constituted the new ecclesiastical province of Changanacherry, the Eparchy of Palai became one of its suffragans.

Diocese in Glance

Area

1166 sq.km

Catholics

334668

Families

68388

Priests

472

Photopresbyterates

17

Parishes

171

Chapels with resident priest

13

Satations with Sunday Qurbana

33

Shrines(Chapels)

144

Mission Centers outside the Eparchy

3

Summary of Eparchy

Priest in the Eparchy

Eparchial 472

On active Service in the Eparchy 341

Doing Higher Studies 11

Religious Sisters in the Eparchy

Total No. of Sisters 3988

Inside the Eparchy 3054

In the Mission 934

Missionaries from the Eparchy

Missionary Priests 663

Religious Priests 1430

Religious Brothers 138

Religious Sisters 8468