Irinjalakuda Eparchy

Mar Pauly Kannookadan
Bishop of Irinjalakuda

Deceased Bishops

Mar James Pazhayattil
Bishop Emeritus of Irinjalakuda


The eparchy of Irinjalakuda was erected by bifurcating the ancient Eparchy of Trichur by the Bull ?Trichuriensis Eparchiae? of H.H. Pope Paul VI on 22nd June, 1978 and Mar James Pazhayattil (Puthenchira) was nominated the first Bishop. The Eparchy consists of the southern part of the former Eparchy of Trichur, namely, from the Karuvannur river and the Kurumaly river on the North and to Chalakudy river on the South.

The Eparchy of Irinjalakuda covers an area of about 1180 Sq. K.m and has at present 48,932 families with a population of about 2,58,101 Catholics spread over its 10 protopresbyterates : Irinjalakuda, Chalakudy, Ambazhakad, Puthenchira, Edathuruthy, Kuttikad, Mala, Parappukara, Kalparambu and Kodakara. This eparchy is blessed by the footsteps of St. Thomas, the Apostle, since it contains Kodungallur, which is the cradle of Christianity in India. Mar Pauly Kannookadan is the present Bishop.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron Sacred Heart
Co-Patron St.Thomas
Date of Erection 22 June 1978
Bishop Mar Pouly kannookadan
Date of Birth 14 February 1961
Date of ordination 28 December 1985
Date of Episcopal Ordination 18 April 2010
Email of the Bishop
Address of the Eparchy

Bishop's Office

P . B No. 59, Irinjalakuda P. O

Thrissur dist., kerala 680 121, India


0480 2826830, 2826820

Fax 0480 2825050
E-mail of the Diocese
Protosyncellus Msgr. Jose Irimpan

Msgr. David Ambookan

Msgr. Sebastian Maliekel

Msgr. Jose Palatty

Finance officer Msgr. Sebastian Maliekel
Chancellor Fr.Clement Chirayath
Statistics ?
Area 1180 sq.kms

Catholics Population

Catholics Families 52296
Parishes 130
filial churches 24
Mission Stations 01
Priest for the Eparchy 240
Other Priest from the Eparchy


Diocesan 82
Religious 320
Seminaries 117
Major seminarians 44
Minor Seminarians 47
Regency 12
4th year seminarians 11
Degree Students 03
Religious Congregation- Men 13
Religious Congregations, secular institute and pious unions- Women 38
Seminaries and Relegious Formation House 13
Institutions 09
Organizations and Movements 21
Retreate center 05
Social Concern 10
Proffessional Colleges 01
Training colleges 02
Training institute for teachers 03
Higher secondary Schools 03
High School 13
Upper Primary schools 06
Lower Primary Schools 24
Nursery school 06
Nursing Schools and college 05
Technical institute 07
Rehabilitations Homes for the Distitutes 03
Home for the disabled and incurable 01
Hospitals 01
Home for the Differentially Abled 01
orphanages 01
Retirement Home 02
Social centers 02
School and Training center or the mentally challenged 02
Hostel and Boarding( men and women) 05
Counsiling center 01
Pray houses 04
Pstoral animation center 02
Printing Presses 02
Retreat centers 02
Publications 01


Bishop's House,
P. B. No. 59, Irinjalakuda,
Trichur Dt, Kerala
Phone : 0480-2821582, 2826820, 2826830, Mob: 9447603816
Fax      : 0480- 2825050
Web    :
Email      :  Email Address

Back to Top

Never miss an update from Syro-Malabar Church