He Mar Arackal visits Pope Francis

HE Mar Arackal visits Pope Francis


His Holiness Pope Paul VI of illustrious memory by the bull “Nos Beati Petri Successores” of 26th February 1977, separated the eastern part of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry and erected the new Eparchy of Kanjirapally, as a suffragan of the same Archdiocese. The six foranes namely Kanjirapally, Anakkara, Erumely, Kattappana, Mundakayam and Upputhara formed the new Eparchy. On the same day, His Holiness appointed Mar Joseph Powathil, the Auxiliary Bishop of Changanacherry, as the Bishop of the new Eparchy. On 12 May 1977, Mar Antony Padiyara, Archbishop of Changanacherry officially published the Papal bull in St. Dominic’s Cathedral Kanjirapally and Mar Joseph Powathil took charge as the first Bishop. He served the Eparchy up to 17 January 1986 and then he was installed as the Archbishop of Changanacherry.

His Holiness Pope John Paul II nominated Very Rev. Dr. Matthew Vattackuzhy who was Administrator of the Eparchy from 18th January 1986, the new Bishop of Kanjirapally on 20th December 1986 and the Episcopal Ordination took place on 26th February 1987 at St.Mary’s Old Church, Kanjirapally. He served the Eparchy till his retirement on 8th February 2001. On 19th January 2001 His Holiness Pope John Paul II nominated Rev. Fr. Mathew Arackal, the vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Elappara and the then Executive Director of P.D.S., the third Bishop of Kanjirapally, and his Episcopal Ordination took place on 9th February 2001 at St. Dominic’s Cathedral, Kanjirapally.



Bishop Mar Mathew Arackal

” To have life and have it abundantly “

Born on December 10, 1944

Ordained as Priest on March 13, 1971

Episcopal Consecration on February 9, 2001




Heavenly Patroness : Blessed Virgin Mary

    • Area : Civil districts of Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta
    • Total area : 1980 sq. kilometers
    • Catholic Families : 36,600
    • Catholic Population :1,92,000
    • Basic Christian communities:1900
    • Foranes:10 | Parishes : 138
    • Diocesan Priests : 292
    • Chapels with Sunday mass : 28
    • Chapels with weekly mass : 9
    • Chapels with monthly mass : 10
    • Mission Stations/ Filial Churches/ Shrines -51



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