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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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Archdiocese of Tellicherry

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    12
  • Home for the handicapped:
    2
  • Home for the mentally retarded:
    8
  • Homes for the Aged, Destitutes:
    15
  • Hospitals:
    6
  • Hostels:
    17
  • Hostels & Boarding:
    24
  • Orphanages:
    17
  • Rehabilitation centres:
    5
  • Retreat centres:
    2
  • Retreat centres:
    5
  • Social work centres:
    4

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Alpha Institute For Theology & Science (AITS):
    Director: Father Thomas Kochukarottu
  • Bible Apostolate:
    Director: Father Joseph Pamplaniyil
  • Department of Catechism:
    Director: Father Dr. Thomas Melvettam
  • Family Apostolate:
    Director: Father James Puthennadayil
  • Indian Farmers' Movement (INFAM):
    In-Charge: Father Joseph Ottaplackal
  • Mission League:
    In-Charge: Father Mathew Mulayolil
    Corporate Manager: James Chellamkottu
  • Tellicherry Social Service Society:
    Director: Father Mani Melvettam
  • Youth Ministry:
    In-Charge: Father Sebastian Mandapathil

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • All Kerala Catholic Congress:
    Director: Father Sebastin Joseph Kanjirakkattu
  • Kerala Catholic Bishops' Conference-- Madhyavirudha Samithi:
    Director: Father Thomas Thythottam
  • Mathruvedi:
    Director: Father James Puthennadayil
  • Pithruvedi:
    Director: Father Sebastian Palakuzhy
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Social Communications

  • Media Center - Jubilee Communications, Social and Cultural Communication Centre, Archdiocesan Mass Media Apostolate:
    Director: Father Jaison Anickathottahil

    Address: Sandesabhavan,
    Tellicherry-670 101, Kannur, Kerala, India
    Phone: +91 490, 2341058
    Mobile: 9447682864
    Fax: +91 490 2341412
    Email: [email protected]
  • Printing press:
    1
  • Publication Monthly:
    Thalassery Archdiocesan Bulletin

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Higher Secondary Schools:
    7
  • Higher Secondary Schools - Students:
    758
  • Nurseries:
    106
  • Nurseries - Students:
    2,560
  • Schools of Nursing:
    3
  • Schools of Nursing - Students:
    170
  • Upper Primary Schools:
    31
  • Upper Primary Schools - Students:
    7200
  • Colleges :
    10
  • Colleges - Students:
    1000
  • High Schools:
    25
  • High Schools - Students:
    2,561
  • Lower Primary Schools:
    75
  • Lower Primary Schools - Students:
    27,050
  • Schools and Educational Institurions in Tellicherry Archdiocese:
    265
  • Schools run by Men Religious:
    3
  • Schools run by Women Religious:
    100
  • Technical Schools:
    8
  • Technical Schools - Students:
    2200

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