HISTORY OF KOTHAMANGALAM DIOCESE
The eparchy of Kothamangalam was erected by
Pope Pius XII through the Papal Bull
'Qui in beati Petri Cathedra' of July 29, 1956 separating the protopresbyterates of Arakuzha, Kothamangalam and Mailacombu,
of the then Archieparchy of Ernakulam- Angamaly.
Mar Matthew Pothanamuzhi was ordained as the first bishop of the eparchy in Rome on November 18, 1956.
The inauguration of the eparchy and the installation of the new bishop took place on January 10, 1957, at Kothamangalam.
Mar Matthew Pothanamuzhi, who guided the eparchy with paternal care and succeeded in curing the teething troubles of the
eparchy,retired after two decades of memorable pastoral ministry.
Mar George Punnakottil succeeded Mar Matthew Pothanamuzhi. He was ordained and installed in office on April 24, 1977. The developmental programmes in the eparchy got a new vigour and verve and there were new initiatives to augment this process. On January 10, 2013, the 56th anniversary of the inauguration of the Eparchy of Kothamangalam, the people of God heard the announcement 'We have a new Bishop'. Bishop Mar George Madathikandathil was enthroned on February 9, 2013 as the third bishop of the Eparchy of Kothamangalam. At present, the Eparchy is constituted of 119 parishes.
Situated in the centre of Kerala, the Eparchy of Kothamangalam lies extended in the revenue districts of
Ernakulam and Idukki, surrounded by the Archieparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly, and the eparchies of
Irinjalakuda, Idukki and Pala.
North : River Chalakudy and northern boundary of Devikulam Taluk.
East : Uzhavathadam River, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Karimanal Power House, Kulamavu Dam ( & the Eastern boundaries of Pazhampillichal, Neendapara, Rajagiri and Uppukunnu parishes).
West : Eastern boundaries of Thripunithura and Vallam Foranes of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archieparchy.
South : Southern boundaries of Ramamangalam, Memuri, Marady & Arakuzha Villages of Marika Kara and Purapuzha and Karimkunnam Villages, Vazhipuzha River / Kinginithodu, eastern boundary of Velliamattam and southern boundary of Thodupuzha Taluk.