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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Eparchy of Mavelikara

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High school aided :
    4
  • High school unaided :
    6
  • Higher secondary Schools in Trivandrum archdiocese aided :
    1
  • Higher secondary Schools in Trivandrum archdiocese unaided :
    6
  • Lower primary schools aided :
    11
  • Lower primary schools unaided:
    5
  • Nursery :
    22
  • Upper primary schools aided :
    5
  • Upper primary schools unaided :
    1

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Boarding house Boys:
    2
  • Boarding Houses Girls:
    3
  • Home for the sick:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    5
  • Orphanage for Boys:
    1
  • Orphanages for Girls:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Bible Apostolate :
    In-Charge: Father Joseph St. George Sadanam
  • Catechetical Apostolate & Dalit:
    In-Charge: Father Geevarghese Nedumpurath
  • Chairman of the Commissions
  • Communication Media:
    In-Charge: Father Geevarghese Nediyamalayil
  • Ecumenical and Inter-religious Dialogue:
    In-Charge: Father George Charuvila
  • Education:
    In-Charge: Father John C. Puthenveedu
  • Family and Liturgy:
    In-Charge: Geevarghese Kallittayil
  • Family Apostolate :
    Director: Father Sylvester Thekkedathu
  • Family Apostolate (Mathruvedi):
    Director: Father Sylvestor Thekkedath
    Animator: Sr. Amrutha SIC
    President: Siju Roy, Kurathicadu
  • Health Services:
    In-Charge: Father Lukose Kannimel
  • Kerala Catholic Students League:
    Spiritual Director: Father Francis Plavarakunnil
  • Kerala Labour Movement (KLM):
    Director: Father Geevarghese Kaithavana

    President: Mathai Maruthoor (Maruthoor)
  • Laity:
    In-Charge: Father Cherian Panicker
  • Malankara Catholic Association (MCA):
    Spiritual Director: Father Cherian Panicker

    President: Saji John Payickattethu (Mavelikara)
  • Malankara Catholic Educational Society:
    Correspondent: Father John C. Puthenveedu
  • Malankara Catholic Youth Movement:
    Director: Father Geevarghese Kaithavana
  • Pro- Life Movement:
    President: G. John Thoovampallil
  • Religious:
    In-Charge: Father John Vianney OIC
  • Seminary Formation, Vocation and Clergy:
    Chairman: Father Thomas Puthenparambil
  • Social Apostolate:
    In-Charge: Father Jose Venmalot
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
    Spiritual Director: Father Daniel Kochuvila
    President: K. S. Kuriakose, Vettiyar
  • Theology & Historical Desk (Subsection):
    In-Charge: Dr. John Vaipil
  • Youth:
    In-Charge: Father Abraham Lukose Kizhakkedathu

Social Communications

  • Eparchial Bulletin:
    Amala Voice
  • Printing Press:
    1
  • Publications:
    1

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