|Major Archeparchy of Ernakulam–Angamaly|
Syriac inscription at Syro-Malabar Catholic Major Archbishop's House, Ernakulam.
|Ecclesiastical province||Eranakulam - Angamaly|
|Area||1,500 km2 (580 sq mi)|
|(as of 2009)
|Denomination||Syro-Malabar Catholic Church|
|Rite||East Syrian Rite|
|Established||28 July 1896|
|Cathedral||St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam|
|Patron saint||Sacred Heart of Jesus|
|Major Archbishop||Mar George Alencherry|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Mar Sebastian Adayantharath
Mar Jose Puthenveetil
|Vicar General||Sebastian Adayanthrath|
|Emeritus Bishops||Thomas Chakiath Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1998-2012)|
|Website of the Archdiocese|
Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Ernakulam–Angamaly is a Syro-Malabar Archeparchy in Ernakulam, Kerala, India. It is the See of the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Mar George Alencherry is the present Major Archbishop. The archdiocese has three auxiliary bishops, Mar Sebastian Adayantharath, Mar Jose Puthenveetil and Mar Bosco Puthur. The archdiocese has two suffragan dioceses, namely Kothamangalam and Idukki. Mar Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, Mgr. Joseph C. Panjikaran and Rani Maria from the archdiocese have been declared Servants of God. Beatification of Mar Varghese Payyappilly was initiated by the archdiocese itself.
In 1896, Pope Leo XIII established the Vicariate of Ernakulam by the Papal Bull Quae Rei Sacrae, which was then the third Vicariate of Syro Malabar Church, in addition to the previous two Apostolic Vicariates, Kottayam and Trichur. Mar Aloysius Pazheparambil was appointed as the first Apostolic Vicar, who assumed charge on 5 November 1896. Mar Pazheparampil governed the Vicariate till he died in 1919, and Mar Augustine Kandathil was appointed the Bishop the same year.
Archbishop Kandathil guided the life and work of the archdiocese and of the Syro-Malabar Hierarchy for well over three decades. The Syro-Malabar Hierarchy was established in 1923, and Ernakulam was raised to the Metropolitan status or Archdiocesan status, and Mar Augustine Kandathil was made the first Archbishop and Head of Syro-Malabar Church. Ernakulam was the See of Syro-Malabar Church in 1923, a title which was abrogated after the death of Mar Augustine Kandathil, but reinstituted in 1992. Mar Augustine Kandathil served the Archdiocese till his death in January 1956.
On 20 July 1956, Mar Joseph Parecattil became the Archbishop of Ernakulam. On 29 July 1956, Ernakulam was bifurcated and the Diocese of Kothamangalam was erected. The dioceses of Thrissur, Thalassery and Kothamangalam became suffragan dioceses of Ernakulam archdiocese. Mar Parecattil became Cardinal on 28 March 1969 and Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary was appointed as his auxiliary on 15 November 1969. A large number of churches, monasteries, convents, seminaries, schools, colleges, technical institutions, printing presses, hospitals, homes for retired priests, social centres and various associations and institutes dedicated to intellectual and vocational apostolates came into being in this archdiocese during Cardinal Parecattil's tenure of office.
In 1 April 1984, Mar Joseph Parecattil retired from the office, and Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary was designated as the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese. In the year 1985, Mar Antony Padiyara was appointed as Archbishop of Ernakulam archdiocese. Mar Antony Padiyara was made Cardinal in 1988 and Mar Jacob Mananthodath became the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese in 1992. On 16 December 1992 the Syro-Malabar Church was declared a Major Archiepiscopal Church Sui Iuris with the title of Ernakulam-Angamaly, by Pope John Paul II. This was a landmark in the history of the Syro Malabar Church and especially in the history of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. The Archdiocese of Ernakulam was re-established as the See of Syro Malabar Church. Thereby the Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly is also the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church. By this, the name of the Archdiocese was changed from Ernakulam to Ernakulam-Angamaly. Angamaly, an ancient residential See of the Bishop of St Thomas Christians and now a municipal town in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam, also got associated with the title of the Major Archbishop. During this period, the powers of Major Archbishop were vested in the Pontifical Delegate Mar Abraham Kattumana (1992-1995). Major Archbishop Antony Padiyara retired from his office on 18 December 1996.
On 6 January 1997, Mar Varkey Vithayathil C.Ss.R. was nominated titular Bishop of Antinoe and the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese. Mar Thomas Chakiath was made auxiliary bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly in February 1998. On December 23, 1999, the Vatican appointed archbishop Mar Varkey Vithayathil as Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church. Mar Sebastian Adayantharath was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly by Pope John Paul II on January 3, 2002. Mar Bosco Puthur was appointed as Curia Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly on January 15, 2010.
On April 1, 2011 Mar Varkey Vithayathil died. Mar Bosco Puthur was apostolic administrator until installation of new Major Archbishop. On May 24, 2011 Mar George Alencherry was elected as new Major Archbishop and installed following May 29.
Elevation into the College of Cardinals
On January 6, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Mar George Alencherry will be created a cardinal at the consistory of the Church held on February 18, 2012. On 18 February 2012, Mar George Alencherry was ordained as a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
Past and present ordinaries
|Ordinary||Year of appointment||Last year of service|
|Mar Aloysius Pazheparambil||1896||1919|
|Mar Augustine Kandathil||1919||1956|
|Mar Joseph Parecattil||1956||1984|
|Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary (Administrator-Apostolic)||1984||1985|
|Mar Antony Padiyara||1985||1996|
|Mar Abraham Kattumana (Pontifical Delegate)||1992||1995|
|Mar Varkey Vithayathil||1996||2011|
|Mar George Alencherry||2011|
Congregations and institutions
Generalates of the four major religious congregations for men of the Syro-Malabar Church, namely the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.), the Vincentian Congregation (V.C.), the Congregation of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (C. S. T.), and the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (M.C.B.S.) and the only Syro-Malabar Provincialate of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, and the two Syro-Malabar Vice Provincialates of Franciscan Conventuals and of the Redemptorist Fathers and of the Claretians are situated in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam.
There are 11 college centers, 12 parallel colleges, 7 nursing schools and near to two hundred schools under the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese also manages near to 31 hospitals and 170 orphanages. The biggest Pontifical Seminary in the world, the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, is in Alwaye, and run by the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council.
The archdiocese has several places of historical significance to the Syro Malabar Church and the St.Thomas Christian community.
The ancient port of Muziris, the earlier gateway to India for traders from Middle East is in the borders of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. Diamper (Udayamperoor), where the famous Synod convoked by Dom Menezes, Archbishop of Goa (1599) took place is in Ernakulam Archdiocese. According to tradition, a session of the Synod of Diamper was conducted in Edapally. Chendamangalam known for the ancient Vaippincotta Seminary of the Jesuits, Puthenpally where the Spanish Carmelites conducted a seminary for the Syro-Malabar clergy are within the boundaries of Ernakulam Archdiocese.
Many places which are believed to be associated with the coming of St. Thomas are in this diocese. Kottekkavu (N. Parur) and Kokkamangalam / Pallippuram (Cherthala) are two places where St Thomas established churches in the first century. It's believed that St.Thomas used to frequently come for meditation and prayers in the hills of Malayattoor.
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Kottakavu
St. Thomas who reached Kerala in AD 52 brought Christianity to India. The Kottakavu Church is said to be one of the seven churches founded by him. In the 19th century, due to the lack of space in the old church for conducting Holy Mass and community functions, the new church was built.
St.George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Angamaly
It is recorded that the first church of Angamally, dedicated to St. George (AD 450), was the St. George Forane Church (Basilica), Angamaly. In this church there was a chapel, which was dedicated to St. George, where both the Catholics and the Jacobites conducted their services in a cordial manner.
St.George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Edappally
St George Forane Church, popularly known as Edappally church, is situated in Edappally, which is about 10 km from Cochin. This Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala built in 594 AD. The deity of this church is said to have the power of getting rid of snakes. Every year, a grand nine-day festival is celebrated here in the month of April - May. The church is also quite popular amongst the non-Christians, who also come here for veneration.
- Official web page
- List of Colleges managed by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
- List of Higher Secondary Schools managed by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
- List of High Schools managed by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
- List of Hospitals managed by the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly
- Archdiocese of Ernakulam
- St.George Forane Church, Angamaly