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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

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

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

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Diocese of Palai

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Auxiliary Bishop Jacob Muricken
Bishop Muricken
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Auxiliary Bishop Jacob Muricken
Bishop's House,
P.B. 18, Palai-686575,
Kerala, India

Phone: 04822 212 000
Fax :211.379
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Mar Jacob Muricken was born at Muttuchira. After completing his M.A. degree in economics, he Joined Good Shepherd Minor Seminary, Palai. Bishop Muricken completed his ecclesiastical studies at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Kottayam. He was ordained priest by Mar Joseph Pallickaparampil on Dec. 27, 1993, at his home parish. After a short period of service as assistant vicar at St. Mary's Forane Church, Kuravilangad, Bishop Muricken was appointed rector of Savio Home Boarding House, attached to St. Joseph's EMHS, Neeloor. Later, he served the diocese in various capacities as professor at the diocesian minor seminary, secretary of corporate educational agency, vicar at Chakkampuzha and Neeloor parishes. He ws declared Auxiliary Bishop of Palai on Aug. 24, 2012, while serving as the diocesan pastoral coordinator. Bishop Muricken’s episcopal ordination was on Oct. 1, 2012, at St. Thomas Cathedral, Palai.

On Sept. 19, 2013, he, along with the other newly appointed bishops from around the world, was received in audience by Pope Francis at the Vatican. As the general convenor, he was instrumental in the successful conduct of the 31 st Plenary Assembly of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) which was hosted by the eparchy in 2014.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Mar Joseph Pallikaparambil Bishop Emeritus (1973-2004)
  • Mar Sebastian Vayalil (1950-1973)

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