Church of South India announces three new diocese in Kerala
The Church of South India (CSI) has announced three new dioceses in Kerala after a special conference of the CSI synod which is the highest administrative body of the Church held in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. CSI is the successor of the Church of England in India after Indian Independence. The CSI has redrawn the borders of its existing dioceses of North Kerala and South Kerala to form three new dioceses.
Rt. Rev.Thomas K Oommen.
The task of redrawing the borders of these diocese was carried out by a four member’s commission led by Deputy Moderator of Church of South India and Bishop of the Central Kerala Diocese – Rt. Rev.Thomas K Oommen.
Three New Dioceses
The North Kerala diocese was bifurcated to form Malabar diocese headquartered in Kozhikode. The South Kerala diocese was divided to form Kochi diocese headquartered in Thrissur and Kollam-Kottarakkara diocese headquartered in Kollam are the newly formed dioceses.
The Malabar diocese comprises Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and a part of Palakkad district and Church in Goa. The Kochi diocese comprises Ernakulam, Thrissur districts, parts of Idukki and Palakkad districts and Mysore Church. Parishes in Attingal, Vembayam, Chenkulam, Kundara, Kottarakkara, Manjakkala, Punaloor and Airanallur regions spread in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts will be under Kollam- Kottarakkara diocese. Properties, establishments and other institutions under the Church will also be brought under the respective dioceses.
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