Belthangady Eparchy

Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy
Bishop of Belthangady


The Eparchy of Belthangady was erected by the Papal Bull ?CUM AMPLA?, dated 24th April 1999, of His Holiness Pope John Paul II as a suffragan of the Archeparchy of Tellicherry. This eparchy has been established for the Syro-Malabar Catholics of the three civil districts of Karnataka State, viz., Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. It took more than 50 years for the Syro-Malabar Catholics living in this area to become an Eparchy. As Dakshina Kannada (including present Udupi District) is in Karnataka State with a different language and culture, it was difficult to cater to the spiritual needs of the faithful directly from Thalassery. Hence it was declared a Mission Province of the Archeparchy of Tellicherry on 11 November 1979 by Mar Sebastian Vallopilly and appointed Very Rev. Fr. K.M. Peter as the Episcopal Vicar of the Mission. Very Rev. Fr. Peter Koottiany was the Episcopal Vicar of D. K. Mission till May 16, 1997. During the 18 years of his able and dedicated leadership the D. K. Mission grew to become an Eparchy later. Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Mukkuzhy succeeded Very Rev. Fr. K.M. Peter as the Second Episcopal Vicar on the same day. The Mission grew up and finally in April 24, 1999, the Eparchy of Belthangady was erected and the eparchy was inaugurated on 4 August 1999.

Dioceses At a Glance

Patron St.Thomas
Date of Erection 14 April 1999
Bishop Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy
Date of Birth 31 August 1951
Date of ordination 27 December 78
Date of Episcopal Ordination 4 August1999
Email of Archbishop
Address of Eparchy

Bishop House

Udaya nagar, P B NO. 13,


D.K Karnataka, India

Tele 08256-232439
Fax 08256-233056
Web site
Protosyncellus Msgr.Joseph Vliaparambil
Procurator Fr. Mathew Manavalan
Statistics ?
Area 12543 Sq. Kms
Language maayalam

Total Population

Parishes 52
Mission Centers 11
Diocesan Priests 37
Religious Priests working in the Eparchy 20
Women Relegious Working in the Eparchy 191
Women Relegious Houses 37
Men Relegious House(Priest) 6
Minor seminaries 1
Degree College 1
High Schools 9
Primary School 11
Kindergartens 13
special School or Training Centers for Differently Abled 1
Hospitals 3
Dispensaries 4
Nursing Colleges 1
Retreat Centers 2
Entrance Coaching Centers 1
Retreat Centers 1
Hostels 2
Orphanages 2
Publications 1


Bishop's House, P.B. No. 13, Belthangady, Karnataka
Phone : 08256- 233498, 234672, 233975, 232439
Fax      : 08256 -233056
Web    :
Email      :  Email Address

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