Tellicherry Archeparchy

Mar George Valiamattam
Bishop of Tellicherry

Deceased Bishops

Mar Sebastian Vallopily
Bishop Emeritus - Tellicherry (1955-1989)


The eparchy of Tellicherry, erected by the Bull ?Ad Christi Ecclesiam Regendam? dated 31 December 1953 of His Holiness Pope Pius XII of happy memory, as a suffragan of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam, is for the Catholics of the Syro-Malabar Church who migrated to Malabar from the old Syro-Malabar eparchy of erstwhile Travancore and Cochin States. The boundaries of the new eparchy were the same as those of the Latin Diocese of Calicut. But later, as Catholics of Syro-Malabar Church migrated even to the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the boundaries were extended to the present Latin dioceses of Mangalore, Chickmagalur, Mysore, Shimoga and Ootacamund by a decree of the Holy See dated 29th April, 1955. The Archeparchy is bifurcated in to Mananthavady, Belthangady, Thamarassery, Bhadravathi & Mandya. It is spread around 4902 sq. km. within the civil districts of Kannur & Kasargod.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron St. Joseph
Date of Erection 31 December 1953
Bishop Mar George Valiamattam
Date of Birth 16 September 1938
Date of ordination 30 November 1963
Date of Episcopal Ordination 1 May 1989
Erected Archbishop 24 July 1995
Email of the Bishop
Address of the Eparchy

Archbishop's House
Thalassery - 670 101
P.B. No. 70 Kannur


0490 2344766

Fax 0490 2341412
E-mail of the Diocese

Proto-Syncellus Msgr. Mathew M. Chalil
Syncellus Msgr. Abraham Ponattu
Procurator Fr. Augustine Vadakkan
Chancellor Fr. George Kudilil
Statistics ?
Area 4
Language Malayalam
Total Population 28 46 234
Catholic population 2 94 757
Parishes 174
Stations 66
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 138
Religious Brothers working in the Eparchy 13
Major seminarians 59
Minor Seminarians 72
Women Relegious working in the Eparchy 1538
Women Relegious Houses 248
Men Relegious Houses (Priest + Brother) 41
Minor seminaries 8
High Schools 24
Primary school 55
Kindergardens 105
Special school for training centers differently abled 32
Hospitals 8
(Homeo + natural Care)
Eng. Colleges 1
Nursing College 4
Nursing College 1
Civil Service Centre 1
Entrance coaching centres 1
Institutes for Home Science 1
Communication Centres 1
Retreat Centres 1
Hostels 34
Orphanages 23
Publications 01


Archbishop's House, P.O Box No. 70, Tellicherry.
Phone : 0490-2344977, 2341058
Fax      : 0490- 2341412

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