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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when European missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

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Diocese of Irinjalakuda

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Bishop Pauly Kannookadan
Bishop Kannookadan
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Bishop Pauly Kannookadan
Bishop's House,
P.B.No. 59, Irinjalakuda P.O.,
Thrissur , Kerala, -680121, India

Phone: +91-480-2826830
Fax :+91-480-2825050
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Pauly Kannookadan was born on Feb. 14, 1961. He hails from the parish of St. Mary’s Church Kuzhikattussery of the eparchy of Irinjalakuda.

Bishop Kannookadan joined St. Mary’s Petit Seminary, Thope, Thrissur. He had his philosophical and theological formation at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam. He was ordained priest on Dec. 28, 1985. After serving as assistant parish priest at St. Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda, Bishop Kannookadan was sent to Rome for higher studies and obtained a doctorate in the oriental liturgy from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome.

Bishop Kannookadan has served as vicar in various parishes of the eparchy. He has also served as visiting professor of liturgy in major seminaries in Mangalapuram, Alwaye and Poonamallee. Bishop Kannookadan is a prolific ecclesiastical writer.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop James Pazhayattil (1978 – 2010)

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