Idukki Eparchy


The Eparchy of Idukki was erected by His Holiness Pope John Paul II by separating the eight Protopresbyterates (districts) - Churuly, Erattayar, Koompanpara, Parathode, Rajakkad, Thankamany, Vazhathope, and Vellathooval ? of the Eparchy of Kothamangalam. The bull of erection, Maturescens Cathiolica Fides was promulgated on 19-12-2002 and the declaration was on 15-01-2003. Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil was consecrated as its first bishop on 02-03-2003 and the Eparchy was inaugurated on the same day. The Eparchy is situated in the Eastern part of Kerala covering an area of about 3,000 The Eparchy lies extended in Idukki district, surrounded by the Eparchy of Kothamangalam, Archdiocese of Madura and Eparchies of Irinjalakuda, Kanjirappally, and Pala. The eparchy has a total population of about 762040 of which 304800 are Catholics belonging to three individual Churches. The eparchy of Idukki, with its 150 parishes and mission stations having the strength of 261480 members, has a tremendous opportunity for evangelization.

Dioceses At a Glance

Name Eparchy of Idukki
Patron Mar Sleeva
Date of Erection 19 December 2002
Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil
Date of Birth 23 September 1942
Date of ordination 15 March 1971
Date of Episcopal Ordination 02 march 2003
Email of the Bishop
Address of the Eparchy

Bishop's Office

Karimpan, Manippara P.O

Idukki 685 602

Kerala, India


04862 230204

Fax 04862 230 151
E-mail of the Diocese
Protosyncellus Rev. Fr.Plachickal Jose
Syncellus Rev. Fr. Abraham Purayatt
Chancellor Rev. Fr. Parackal Joseph
Area Above 3000
Languages Malayalam, Tamil

Total Population

Catholics Population 266500 (Syro Malabar)
Parishes and Mission Stations 156
Diocesan Priests 183
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 63
Religious Brothers 140
Religious Seminarians 540
Women Religious working in the Eparchy 885
Women Religious Houses 150
Men Religious Houses (Priest + Brother) 22
Higher secondary Schools 08
Minor seminaries 01
High Schools 17
Recognised Schools 06
Primary schools (UP & LP) 42
Kinder gardens Nursing schools 04
Hospitals 05
ITC 01
Nursing School 01
University College 03
Retreate center 01
Publications 01


Bishop's House
Karimpan, Manippara.P.O, Idukki
Phone : 04862-230204, 230266
Fax      : 04862-230100
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Email      :  Email Address

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