Fidelium? extended the territory of the Diocese of Changanacherry beyond the river Pamba in Kerala up to Kanyakumari. Then onwards the Bishop of Changanacherry Servant of God Mar Mathew Kavukattu sent priests to be pastors of the Syro-Malabar faithful who has settled in different parts of the extended area and they started mission work in this area in the year 1960. As a result of this missionary work people by and large got converted to Catholic faith. From 1967 onwards the priests from the Congregation of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) also joined the Syro-Malabar mission work in Kanyakumari District. Religious Sisters came forward together with the Diocesan and C.M.I priests to start convents and auxiliary mission service from 1965. The Diocese of Thuckalay was erected by the papal Bull ?Apud Indorum? on November 11, 1996. It was erected separating the area of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry that extended over to the state of Tamilnadu. The then Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry Fr. George Alencherry was appointed the first bishop of the new Eparchy. The establishment of the diocese and the appointment of the first Bishop were promulgated on December 18, 1996. Very Rev. Fr. George Alencherry was ordained Bishop on February 2, 1997. The total number of the catholic faithful in the diocese is 30,000. When Mar George Alencherry became the Major Archbishop, Fr. Philip Kodianthara was appointed the Administrator.
Although the Taluk of Shenkottai in the District of Tirunelveli was a part of the extended territory of the Archdiocese no mission work was taken up. In 1997 the Bishop sent three priests as explorers to find out the possibilities of the mission work in that area. As the team suggested, the Bishop sent two priests ? Rev. Fr. Mathew Kuzhinjalil and Rev. Fr. Peter Kizhakkeyil - to Shenkottai. On August 10, 1997 Fr. Mathew Kuzhinjalil they started the mission work there. On 30th of January 1999 first baptism was administered to a grown up lady. There are six mission stations in Shenkottai Region now.
Dioceses At a Glance
: 7 am, 9.30 amThursday
: 5.30 pmFriday
: 5.15 pm Other Days
: 6.30 am
P.B. No. 12, Thuckalay P.O,
K.K. District, Tamil Nadu, South India