Syro Malabar Eparchies

The Syro-Malabar Church has

  • 5 Archeparchies, 30Eparchies and 2 Apostolic Visitations.(Total 35+2=37)

  • 18 of them (5 Archeparchies and 13 Eparchies) in 'Canonical Territory' (Kerala, and parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka) and under the proper jurisdiction of the Major Archbishop

  • 9 Eparchies in various Indian states with exclusive Syro-Malabar jurisdiction.

  • 4 Eparchies - Kalyan, Faridabad, Hosur and shamshabad in India - where there are multiple jurisdictions.

  • 4 Eparchies for Syro-Malabar faithful in USA, Australia, Great Britain and Canada

  • 2 Apostolic Visitations – 1. Europe and 2. New Zealand


Eparchies in Canonical Territory (18)

Name of the Eparchy Estd. State
Ernakulam-Angamaly Major Archeparchy 1896 Kerala
Kothamangalam Eparchy 1957 Kerala
Idukki Eparchy 2002 Kerala
Changanacherry Archeparchy 1887 Kerala
Palai Eparchy 1950 Kerala
Thuckalay Eparchy 1966 Tamil Nadu
Kanjirapally Eparchy 1977 Kerala
Trichur Archeparchy 1887 Kerala
Palghat Eparchy 1974 Kerala
Irinjalakuda Eparchy 1978 Kerala
Ramanathaapuram Eparchy 2010 Tamil Nadu
Kottayam Archeparchy 1911 Kerala
Tellicherry Archeparchy 1953 Kerala
Mananthavady Eparchy 1973 Kerala
Thamarassery Eparchy 1986 Kerala
Belthangady Eparchy 1999 Karnataka
Bhadravathi Eparchy 2007 Karnataka
Mandya Eparchy 2010 Karnataka

Eparchies Outside Canonical Territory (16)

Name of the Eparchy Estd. Archdiocese / State
Adilabad 1999 Hyderabad / AP
Bijnor 1972 Agra / Uttarakand
Chanda 1977 Nagpur / Chattisgarh
Chicago St. Thomas Diocese 2001 Chicago / USA
Faridabad 2012 Delhi / Delhi, HP, Haryana, J&K, Punjab, parts of UP
Gorakhpur 1984 Agra / UP
Eparchy of Great Britain 2016 Britain / UK
Jagdalpur 1977 Raipur / Chattisgarh
Kalyan 1988 Bombay / Maharashtra
Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne 2013 Melbourne / Australia
Rajkot 1977 Gandhinagar / Gurarat
Sagar 1977 Bhopal / MP
Satna 1977 Bhopal / MP
Ujjain 1977 Bhopal / MP
Shamshabad 2017 Telangana/Remaining areas outside the Syro-Malabar Eparchies in India
Hosur 2017 Tamilnadu
Missisauga 2018 Canada

Apostolic Visitations (2)

Name of the Apostolic Visitation
Apostolic Visitation in Europe
Apostolic Visitation in New Zealand


Currently there are 35 Eparchial Sees in the Syro-Malabar Church, of which 5 are Archeparchies and 30 Eparchies. All the 5 Archeparchies as well as 13 eparchies are within the canonical territory which includes the whole of Kerala and some districts of the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The 13 eparchies within canonical territory are organized into suffragans of the 4 Metropolitan Sees. The Archeparchy of Kottayam is an Archeparchy without suffragan eparchies. Major Archbishop and the Synod has full authority over these 18 eparchial Sees.

The 17 Syro-Malabar Eparchies outside the canonical territory are directly under the Pope. Although their Bishops are members of the Syro-Malabar Bishop's Synod, the Major Archbishop has only limited authority over them. Some of these eparchies are suffragans of the nearby Latin Archdioceses.

In the Archeparchies and Eparchies within the canoncial territory and in the Eparchies of Kalyan, Faridabad, Hosur, Shamshabad, St. Thomas Diocese of Chicago, Eparchy of Great Britain, Eparchy of Melbourne and Eparchy of Canada, the authority of the respective bishops is over the Syro-Malabar Catholics only. The Syro-Malankara and Latin Catholics of these areas are under the respective Syro-Malankara or Latin bishop. On the other hand, in all the other Syro-Malabar eparchies outside the canonical territory in India, the authority of the Syro-Malabar bishop is exclusive. That is to say all Catholics, whether they are Syro-Malabarian, Syro-Malankarite or Latin living in these areas are under the Syro-Malabar bishop of the place. In a similar pattern all the Syro-Malabarians living in foreign countries outside the Syro-Malabar Eparchies, even though they have many Syro-Malabar parishes, are under the Latin Bishop of the place.

Syro-Malabar Church is constantly working for the right for pastoral care of its faithful all over the world.

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