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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 Trichur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Adoption centers:
    2
  • Dispensaries:
    33
  • Homes for Handicapped:
    3
  • Homes for mental patients:
    2
  • Homes for permanently ill patiens:
    4
  • Homes for the elderly:
    (Men) 4, (Women) 10
  • Hospitals:
    13
  • Mochana De-Addiction Centre Damien Institute:
    1
  • Orphanages:
    (Boys) 8, (Girls) 20
  • Rehabilitation centers:
    3
  • School for Blind:
    1
  • Slum Service Centre:
    1
  • Social Action Animation Centre for Integral Development:
    1

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechism:
    Director: Father Lawrence Thaikkattil
  • Construction Committee:
    Msgr. Raphael Vadakkan
    Fr. John Ayyankanayil (Convenor)
    Fr. Pauly Neelankavil
    S.J. Mathew
    Jeff Antony
    N.I. Varghese
    Lilly Paul
  • Education committee:
    Secretary: Father John Ayyankanayil
  • Family Apostolate Commission:
    Director: Father Johnson Anthikaden
  • Finance Council:
    Archbishop Andrews Thazhath
    Monsignor Raphael Thattil
    Fr. Raphael Vadakkan
    Fr. John Ayyankanayil
    Fr. Raphael Akkamattathil
    Fr. John Kidangan
    Ignatius Nettikadan
    Joseph Kankapadan
    Jose Pottokkaran
  • Labour Commission:
    Director: Father Jose Vattakuzhy
  • Liturgy:
    Director: Monsignor Bosco Puthur
  • Metropolitan Tribunal:
    udicial Vicar: Father Paul Alappatt (Jr.)
    Adj. Judicial Vicar: Father Vincent Chittilappilly
    Judges
    Father George Manadan,
    Father Bosco Puthur,
    Father Raphael Thattil
    Father Wilson Kannanaikal
    Father Paul Pulikkottil ,(Jr)
    Father Vincent Cheruvathur;
    Father. Sunny Kuttikottayil
    Sister Alphonsa SABS
    Defenders of Bond
    Father Johnson Chittilappilly
    Father Francis Aloor
    Promoter of Justice
    Father Babu Panattuparambil
    Notary
    Father Douglus Cheruvathoor
    Secretary cum Notary
    Sister Cicily Leena FCC
    Joint. Secretary cum Notary
    Sister Rose Neena FCC
  • Office of Marriage Reconciliation:
    Chief Councilor: Father Paul Payyappilly
    Councilor: Father Joy Adumpukulam
    Clinical Psychologist: Father Paul Karedan
  • Pastoral Council:
    Father Paul Alappat S Junior - General Secretary, Davis Kannanickal - Secretary
  • The Secretariat Committee
  • Vocation Commission:
    Director: Father Varghese Kuthur
  • Youth Movement:
    Director: Father Paul Pulickan

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF):
    Director: Fr. Devassy Panthallookaran
  • Altar Boys' Association (A B A):
    Director: Fr. Davis Kannampuzha
  • Catholic Engineers' Forum
  • Catholic Labour Association (C.L.A):
    Director: Fr. Jose Vattakuzhy
  • Catholic Mothers' Association:

    Director: Fr. Johnson Anthikadan
  • Catholic Nurses' Guild:

    Director: Fr. Jose Kachappilly
  • Catholic Teachers' Guild:
    Director: Fr. John Ayyankana
  • Christian Life Community (CLC):
    Director: Fr. Varghese Tharakan
  • Council of the Catholic Women of India (C.C.W.I.):
    Director: Fr. Johnson Anthikadan
  • Holy Childhood:
    Director: Fr. Bijo Chalissery
  • Priests' Welfare Fund:
    President: Monsignor. George Manadan
  • Temperance Movement:
    Director: Fr. Davis Chakkalakal
  • The Archeparchial Liturgical :
    Commission :
    Director: Monsignor Bosco Puthur

Social Communications

  • Chethana Centre for Culture and communications:
    Address: Kalliath Royal Square
    Trichur - 680 001, India
    Fr. Thomas Chakkalamattath CMI
  • Printing presses:
    9
  • Publication -Quarterly:
    Bouquet
  • Publication- Bimonthly:
    Darsan
  • Publications-Monthlies -6:

    1. Trichur Archdiocesan Bulletin
    2.Catholica Sabha
    3.Koottayma
    4.Maryvijayam
    5.Ushus
    6.Kinnaripookkal

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • College:
    10.Vimala College, Cheroor, Thrichur- 680 009, India
  • College:
    9.Little Flower College, Guruvayur, Thrichur- 680 505, India
  • College:
    8.St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth, Thrichur- 680 111, India
  • College:
    7.St. Mary's College Thrichur - 680 001, India
  • College:
    6.Amala Medical College Amalanagar, Thrichur- 680553, India
  • College:
    5.Jubilee Mission College of Nursing, Thrichur -680 005, India
  • College:
    1.St. Thomas' College, Trichur - 680 001, India
    Phone: +91-487- 2420435, 2421077, 2423558 (Bursar), 2444486
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • College:
    4.Mahajubilee Training College, Mullurkkara, 680 583, India
  • College:
    3.Jyothi Engineering College, Cheruthuruthy Jyothi Engineering College, Jyothi Hills, Panjal Road, Vettikkattiri Kerala - 679 531, India
  • College:
    2.Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrichur- 680 005, Kerala, India
    Phone: +91-487- 2421966 (Principal) 2421885 (Superintendent)
    Website: www.jubileemissionmedicalcollege.org
  • Colleges:
    10
  • Colleges - Students:
    8,344
  • High Schools:
    50
  • High Schools - Students:
    54,091
  • Primary Schools:
    79
  • Primary Schools - Students:
    30,553
  • Senior Secondary School:
    12
  • Senior Secondary School - Students:
    7,224
  • Technical institutions:
    26
  • Technical institutions - Students:
    2104

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