Thrissur Orthodox Diocese

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Thrissur Diocese is one of the 30 dioceses of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church with its headquarters at Mannuthy, Kerala.

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History

It is an Indian orthodox diocese separated from the jacobite Syrian church. Yuhanon melitius is a Former metropolitan of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in Thrissur. The diocese was formed in 1982 with parishes in Thrissur and Palakkad districts. At the time of the formation of the diocese there were 32 parishes and 26 priests. Initially Baselios Paulose II , Catholicos of the East was in charge of the diocese. During his time a property of 1.5 acres was purchased in Peechi for the diocesan headquarter. Later then metropolitan of Angamali diocese Thomas Mar Dionysius (now H.B Baselios Thomas I was given additional charge of the diocese. He got the present plot at Mannuthy where the diocese headquarters of the diocese is built in exchange of the land in Peechi. After few years then metropolitan of Kochi diocese, Thomas Mar Osthatheos was given additional charge of the diocese in the place of Mar Dionysius. In 1990 November, the diocesan general body elected Rev. Fr. Rajan John Murimakil, a priest of Kandanadu diocese who was studying at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago as the metropolitan candidate. He was consecrated on 23 December in Damascus by His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch. The first metropolitan with independent charge of the diocese assumed the office on 26 December 1990. The present diocesan headquarters was completed in 1995. The consecration of the headquarters was done on 20 July 1995 by Thomas mor divanasios (now H.B Baselios Thomas I

Institutions And Mission

The diocese has one Upper Primary School in Palakkadu district and a Study center, near Thrissur. The diocese runs a community development project called "Anveshi, Thrissru" which helps people to help themselves. The diocese has a mission in Burbank, near Los Angeles, CA in USA with 300+ families of Mediterranean region origin. For the last several years the diocese has been in continuous struggle to make the unity of the Church a reality.

Headquarters

The headquarters of the diocese is at Mannuthy. Address: Gedseemon Orthodox Bishop's House, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA. 680651. Tel. +4872371039. The house was built by help from people of the Church at various parts of the world under the leadership of Yuhanon Mar Meletius Metropolitan. A small parish worships in the chapel in the diocesan headquarters. Due to lack of space a new plot was purchased adjacent to the headquarters building and a new chapel is constructed. The chapel is named "St. Mary's Unity Chapel". It symbolizes the Church unity efforts of the diocese.

Parish list

1) Alaikalkulambu St.Marys Orthodox Church

2) Chalishery St.Peters and St.Pauls Orthodox Church

3) Cherukunnam St.Thomas Orthodox Church

4) Chuvanammanu St.George Orthodox Church

5) Elanadu St.Marys Orthodox Church

6) Erukumchira St.Marys Orthodox Church

7) Kakkanikkadu St.George Orthodox Church

8) Kakkanikkadu St.Gregorios Orthodox Church

9) Kallampara St.Marys Orthodox Church

10) Kannara St.Marys Orthodox Church

11) Katilapoovam St.Marys Orthodox Church

12) Kairady St.Marys Orthodox Church

13) Kodaly St.George Orthodox Church

14) Kombzha Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church

15) Mambra St.Kuriakose Orthodox Church

16) Mangalamdam St.Marys Orthodox Church

17) Manamanglam St.Marys Orthodox Church

18) Mannuthy St.Marys Orthodox Church

19) Marmcode St.George Orthodox Church

20) Maorotichal St.George Orthodox Church

21) Nelleppally St.Johns Orthodox Church

22) Paithala Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church

23) Pazhayannoor Eldho Mar Baselios Orthodox Church

24) Pazhayannoor St.Marys Orthodox Church

25) Pazhayannoorpadam St.Johns Orthodox Church

26) Peechy St.George Orthodox Church

27) Pulakodu St.Marys Orthodox Church

28) Thenidukku St.George Orthodox Church

29) Thrikanaya St.George Orthodox Church

30) Valkulambu Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church

31) Valkulambu St.Thomas Orthodox Church

32) Vattai St.Marys Orthodox Church

33) Vatuly St.George Orthodox Church

34) Vellikulangara St.Marys Orthodox Church

35) DesertLand St.Dinysious

36) ##Kaimoor St.George Orthodox Church

37) ##Olavakodu St.Peters Orthodox Church

38) ##Karimba St.George Orthodox Church

39) ##Vellapadom St.George Orthodox Church

40) ## Chelakkara St.George Orthodox puthenpali

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