Feb 22, 2019


Heavenly Patron : St. Joseph
Shanthi Bhavan Catholic Bishop´s House 
Parladka, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada Dt., Karnataka 574201
Phone: 08251 238538, 08251 236538
E-mail: bishopptr@gmail.com; bpmakarios@gmail.com dioceseofputtur@gmail.com 
web: www.dioceseofputtur.com
Short History
The Church in India traces its origin to the missionary endevours of 
St. Thomas the Apostle who arrived in India in 52 AD. Due to this Apostolic foundation, the ancient Christian Community in India was known as 
St. Thomas Christians. This Church that remained one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic was autonomous and remained in communion with the Universal Church till the 17th century. A movement to Latinize the Indian Church, with the arrival of Portuguese missionaries resulted in a schism and a portion of this undivided community eventually came into contact with the Jacobites under the Patriarch of Antioch.
Ever since the split there were many attempts for reunion with the Catholic Church. The efforts of the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios and Bishop Jacob Mar Theophilos paved way to the historical event of Reunion Movement in the Malankara Church. On 20 September 1930 the Universal Church received the Malankara Church into the Catholic communion with its own liturgy, customs and jurisdiction. As the Reunion Movement developed, Pope Pius XI established the Syro-Malankara Catholic Hierarchy for the reunited people and established the Archieparchy of Trivandrum and the Eparchy of Tiruvalla by the Apostolic Constitution, Christo Pastorum Principi of 11 June 1932. The Eparchy of Tiruvalla extended from the River Pampa in the south to the River Ponnani in the north.
The migration of people from Kerala to the southern parts of Karnataka began during 1950s. The pastoral works in Karnataka commenced with the extension of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla on 14 February 1958 by the Holy See with the Decree Prot. 534/43. In the second half of the 1960, Most Rev. Zacharias Mar Athanasios sent Fr. Thomas Neriamparambil to explore the possibilities of the extension of the Malankara Mission in Dakshina  Kannada. And later in 1967 the first Malankara Catholic Rite Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Isaac Koottaplackal, who later became the Bishop of Thiruvalla. In the same year Rev. Fr. Thomas Thannickakuzhy was appointed Vicar and was sent to South  Kanara (Dakshina Kannada) to work among the Malankara faithful living in this region. Desiring to establish the identity of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and to accelerate the Reunion Movement in the newly organized territories, Mar Athanasios requested the Holy See to bifurcate the Eparchy of Tiruvalla and to erect a new Eparchy with Sulthan Bathery as its headquarters. His Holiness Pope John Paul II responded to this request and erected the new Eparchy of Bathery on 28 October 1978. Most Rev. Dr. Cyril Mar Baselios was appointed as its first Bishop.
After the erection of the Eparchy of Bathery, there has been a great progress in the evangelization work in Karnataka. However, the distance from the eparchial headquarters as well as the shortage of priests and religious were strong obstacles in organizing the migrated people and founding new missions in this area. In spite of the said difficulties, due to the selfless hard work of priests, both eparchial and religious belonging to the Order of the Imitation of Christ (OIC), and the religious sisters belonging to the congregations of the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (SIC), the Daughters of Mary (DM), the Deena Sevana Sabha (DSS) and the Holy Spirit Sisters (OSS), new parishes and mission centres were established. The Eparchy and the religious congregations started a few educational institutions also to impart a value-based education to the children and youth irrespective of their social, religious and cultural differences. There arose a desire in the Faithful of the Malankara Catholic Church in this region for ecclesial growth and overall development.
The Holy Episcopal Synod convoked from 17 to 21 November 2008 decided to erect a new diocese in Karnataka State, on the recommendation of Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, the then Bishop of Bathery, taking into consideration of the geographical, cultural and linguistic differences of Karnataka State. Considering the importance of Puttur and its relation with the various other Churches, the city of Puttur was suggested as the center of the new diocese. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the Father and Head of the Church, with the Apostolic Decree Prot No.2/2010, erected the Eparchy of Puttur on 25 January 2010. He also transferred Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios from the See of Bathery and appointed him as the first Bishop of the Eparchy of Puttur. The Pro-cathedral of the new eparchy was fixed to be St. Mary’s Church, Noojibalthila and the Patron Saint of the Eparchy is St. Joseph. The official inauguration of the new Diocese of Puttur and the Installation of its first shepherd took place on 15 April 2010 at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Noojibalthila.
The Eparchy of Puttur consists of nine civil districts of Karnataka State with a vast geographical area of 51,950 sq. km. The civil districts are Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Kodagu, Mandya, Shimoga, Chickamagaluru and Hassan.  At present it has two ecclesiastical districts, namely, South Kanara (Dakshina Kannada) and Shimoga.
His Excellency  Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios submitted his resignation to the Holy Synodal Commission on account of failing health. The Holy Synod had accepted his resignation and the Episcopal Synod in consultation with the Holy See appointed Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. George Kalayil, then Vicar General, as the interim Administrator of the Eparchy on 24th January 2017, and later he was appointed as the second bishop of the Eparchy by the Holy See by the recommendation of the Episcopal Synod and was consecrated on 21st September 2017 in the 87th Reunion Day Celebration at Mar Ivanios Nagar, Adoor, Kerala opting the name as Geevarghese Mar Makarios, the Saint of Jerusalem. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, officiated the Installation Ceremony on Saturday 30th September 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Noojibalthila. The Installation Service was held amidst the concelebrated Holy Eucharist by the Catholicos and His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore delivered the Homily in the function. His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios and other Bishops from KRCBC and KCBC were present in the Eucharistic Celebration. A vast group of civil and social leaders and thousands of faithful thronged the Cathedral premises to witness the Installation Ceremony and also to convey the best wishes and prayers to the new bishop.       
His Excellency Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Bishop Emeritus of the Eparchy of Puttur, who was taking rest in Snehasadan, Tiruvalla on his last days after the voluntarily retirement was called to Eternal Bliss on Monday, 16th January 2018.  As his will, burial was in a simple way in the presence of all bishops from Malankara Catholic Church. He is buried near his ‘Prede cessors’ tomb in Tiruvalla.
His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios
Born : 16-07-1958
Ordained Priest : 01-05-1986
Announcement as the Bishop of Puttur : 05-08-2017
Episcopal Consecration : 21-09-2017
Installed as the Bishop of Puttur : 30-09-2017
Feast of Heavenly Patron - St. Makarios of Jerusalem : January 19   
I. PROTO-Syncellus
     Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil 
II. Eparchial Curia
President :  Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios
Proto - Syncellus :  Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
Chancellor :  Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
Finance Officer :  Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
Secretary :  Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil 
III. COLLEGE OF eparchial Consultors
President :  Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios
Members :  Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
:  Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
:  Rt. Rev. Fr. Koshy Kackanatt Corepiscopo
:  Very Rev. Dr. Vincent Punnathanathu
:  Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Oonanparackal
IV. eparchial Tribunal
Judicial Vicar : Very Rev. Fr. Rooble Ayiravelil 
Adjutant Judicial Vicar : Rev. Dr. George Thomas Kochuvilayil
Defender of the Bond : Very Rev. Dr. Varghese Thannnickakuzhy
Promoter of Justice : Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil
Notary : Rev. Fr. Thomas Neernakunnel
President : Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios
Secretary : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila 
Members : Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
: Mr. Samuel Jose, Kadaba 
: Mr. Sajith K. J., Shimoga
VI. Minor Seminary
Rector : Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil
Vice-Rector : Rev. Fr. Thomas Kanjirathumkal
1. Malankara Catholic Sunday School
Director : Rev. Fr. Daniel Kadakampallil
2. Malankara Catholic Children’s League (MCCl)  
Director : Rev. Fr. Daniel Kadakampallil
3. Malankara Catholic Youth Movemnet (MCYM)
Director : Rev. Fr. Thomas Neernakunnel
4. Malankara Catholic Association (MCA)
Spiritual Advisor : Rt. Rev. Koshy Kackanatt Corepiscopo
5. St Vincent de Paul  
Director : Very Rev. Dr. Vincent Punnathanathu
6. Legion of Mary
Director : Rev. Fr. Daniel Kadakampallil
7. Dalit Christian Movement Society  
Director : Rev. Fr. John Kunnatheth
8. Social Service
Director : Rev. Fr. John Kunnathethu
9. Family Apostolate
Director : Rev. Dr. Vincent Punnathanathu
10. Women’s Commission  
Director : Rev. Dr.. Vincent Punnathanathu
11. Education
      Secretary : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila 
VIII.  Institutions
1. Ecclesiastical
Minor Seminary
San Jose Minor Seminary
Parladka, Puttur P.O.-574 201, Karnataka State
Rector : Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil
Vice-Rector : Rev. Fr. Thomas Kanjirathumkal
2. Educational
i. Colleges
1. Mar Ivanios College of Education
Kunthoor, Puttur, DK - 574 285
2. Mar Ivanios Degree College
Kunthoor, Puttur, DK - 574 285
3. St. Thomas Pre-University
Byndoor, Udupi Dt. - 576 214
4. Sapiencia Bethany First Grade College
Noojibalthila, DK- 574221
5. Bethany Pre-University 
Nelliyady, Puttur, DK - 574 229
6. Bethany Pre-University 
Noojibalthila, DK - 574 221
7. Shanthigiri Pre-University College
Panjala, Puttur - 574 202
ii. Schools
1. St. Thomas Residential CBSE School, Byndoor, Udupi Dt. -  576 214.
2. St. Mary’s English School, Bhadravathi, Shivamogga Dt. - 577 301. 
3. Sarvodaya Special School, Kalare, Puttur - 574 201
4. Bethany High School, Noojibalthila, D.K.- 574 221
5. Jeevan Jyothi Special School, Mardala - 574 221, 
6. Girideepam High School, Thyavarekoppa, Shivamogga - 577 201
7. Mar Ivanios E.M. School, Kunthoor, Puttur - 574 285
8. Bethany High School, Nellyady, D.K. - 574 229
9. Shanthigiri Public School, Panjala, Puttur - 574 202
iii. Technical School
1. Bethany ITC, Nellyady, D.K. - 574 229 
IX. eparchial Commissions
Liturgy : Rev. Fr. Mathew Vazhackapara
Bible Apostolate : Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
Evangelisation : Rev. Fr. Mathew Vazhackapara 
Theology and Publications : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
Ecumenism and Dialogue : Very Rev. Fr. Peter John OIC
Clergy and Religious : Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
Laity : Rt. Rev. Fr. Koshy Kackanatt Corepiscopo
Youth : Rev. Fr. Thomas Neernakunnel
Family : Rev. Dr. Vincent Punnathanathu
Catechism (Faith Formation) : Rev. Fr. Daniel Kadakampallil 
Seminary Formation : Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil 
Education : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
Social Apostolate 
and Dalit Christians : Rev. Fr. John Kunnatheth 
Health Services : Rev. Fr. John Kunnatheth 
Communication Media, Directory
and  Common Celebrations : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila 
X. Priests’ Welfare Association
President : Rev. Fr. John Nellivila
Secretary : Rev. Fr. John Kunnatheth
XI. eparchial Presbyteral Council
President : Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios
Secretary : Very Rev. Fr. John Nellivila 
Ex-Officio Members : Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
: Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
: Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil 
Elected Members : Very Rev. Dr. Vincent George Punnathanathu 
: Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Oonamparackal
: Very Rev. Fr. John Nellivila 
Nominated Member : Rt. Rev. Fr. Koshy Kackanatt Corepiscopo 
: Very Rev. Fr. Satyan Thomas OIC 
XII. eparchial Pastoral Council
President : Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Makarios
Secretary : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
a. Ex- Officio Members : Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho Puthenkandathil
: Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
: Very Rev. Fr. Lukose Thaniyil 
: Very Rev. Fr. Peter John OIC
: Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Oonanparackal 
: Mr. Sajith K.J., Classic Car  Accessories, 
L. L. R. Road, Shimoga, Karnataka - 577 201
: Mrs. Ponnamma Varghese, Sannidhana, 
D’ Block 57, 2nd Main, Gopala Gowda Extn. Shimoga, Karnataka
: Mr. Shain B.V., Baikara House, Shibaje P.O. 574 198, Belthangady Taluk, Karnataka 
b. Elected Members                   
: Mr. V. M. Kurian, Vadakedathou House, Kodenkiri House,
Sunkadakatte P.O. 574 221, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, 
Mob: 9741015040
: Mr. V. K. Varghese, Valiyaveettil House, Renjilady P.O. 574 221,
Puttur Taluk, Karnatka, Mob: 9741219209
: Mr. Jimson Varghese, Kallamparambil House, Ichilampady P.O.
574 229, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, Mob : 9686317327
: Mr. Cherian P. K., Peediakel House, Hosmatta P.O. 574 221,
Kutrupady Village, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, Mob : 9448932362
: Mr. Mamachen M, Sneha Nilaya House, Rama Nagar,
Dadamoor P.O. 574 200, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, 
Mob: 8746845280
: Mr. Yohannan O.M., Oonanparackal House, Renjilady P.O. 574 221,
Kallugudde, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, 
Mob: 8970894425; 9481507272
: Mr. George K. Thomas, Arampulickal House, Nellyady P.O.  574 229,
Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, Mob: 9945359769
: Mrs. Valsamma K.T., Moneamon House, Ichilampady P.O. 574 229,
Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, Mob: 9980881810
: Mrs. Annamma P.M., Padijarekara House, Mardala P.O. 574 230,
Kermai, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, Mob : 9741482790
: Mrs. Gracy Varghese, Pulikukku House, Kodimbala P.O. 574 221,
Puttur Taluk, Karnataka, Mob : 8722341069
: Mr. Suresh Babu, Babu Tyres, Garden Area, 1st Cross, 
Shimoga - 577 201, Karnataka, Mob : 9986803783
: Mr. Babu K., Hejjal House, Yalgith (P), Byndoor 576 214, Karnataka, Mob : 9481754329
: Mr. Babu, Chammanapadath House, Mudur P.O. 576 233,
Kundapura Tq., Udupi, Karnataka, Mob: 9008743605, 9482255043
: Mr. Honey Mohan, Staff Nurse, Colombia Asia Hospital, 
Mysore - 570 015, Karnataka, Mob : 8073927564
: Mrs. Baby Alex, St. Mary’s English High School, Hosamane,
Bhadravathi, 577 301, Karnataka, Mob: 9986373645
: Mrs. Preethi Shaji, Social Welfare Society, Sunkadakatte, 
N.R. Pura - 577 134, Karnataka, Mob : 8762074752
c. Representatives of Religious Communities 
: Rev. Sr. Grace Mary DSS, Mariyalam Social Centre,
Noojibalthila P.O. - 574 221, Kadaba, Karnataka
: Rev. Sr. Prasanna OSS, Holy Spirit Sisters, Jeevajwala Nilaya, Hosamane, Bhadravathi, Shimoga - 577 301, Karnataka
d. Heads of Various Associations, Apostolates and Departments
Sunday School : Rev. Fr. Daniel Kadakampallil
MCYM : Rev. Fr. Thomas Neernakunnel
Social Service : Rev. Fr. John Kunnathethu
Family Apostolate : Rev. Dr. Vincent Punnathanathu
MCA, Advisor : Very Rev. Fr. Koshy Kackanatt Corepiscopo
Correspondent & PRO  : Very Rev. Fr. Philip Nellivila
e. Nominated Members : Mr. Philip K.T., Kochuparampil, Aithoor,
Sunkadakette-574 230, Puttur Taluk, Karnataka
: Mr. Thomas Paily, St. Mary´s SMCC, Shirady,
Udane - 574 229, Karnataka 
: Mr. Thomas Kuriala, Kuriala House, Noojibalthila P.O.
574 221, Kadaba, Karnataka
: Mrs. Lovely Eldose, Mundakodiyal House,
Evergreen Apartment, Block C, Flat - A, Falnir,
Mangalore - 575 001
: Mrs. Usha Manoj, Thekkumkattil, Vimalagiri,
Kutrupady, Kadaba P.O. - 574 221, Karnataka 
: Mr. Mathai P.C., Puthenpura House,
Hiluvalligrama, Jail Road, Narasimharajapura P.O.  577 134, Chickamangalore, Karnataka
: Mr. Rajendran K., Top Tiles & Sanitary World, #35/5,
Near D-Mart, Siddapura, Varthur, Main Road,
Bangalore - 560 066
01. PUTHENKANDATHIL Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Eldho
Mob : 09480387710
Email : freldho@gmail.com
02. KACKANATT Rt. Rev. Koshy Corepiscopo
Mob : 09449652061
Email : frkoshymalankara@gmail.com
03. AYIRAVELIL Rev. Fr. Rooble
Mob: 09447877500
Email: roobleayiram@yahoo.in
04. KADAKAMPALLIL Rev. Fr. Daniel
Mob: 09591172773
Email: dkadakampallil@gmail.com
05. KALEEKAL Rev. Fr. Thomas
Mob: 004915166723482 
Email: frkaleeckal@gmail.com
06. KALLUKIRTHOTTIYIL Rev. Fr. Shaji Sebastian
Mob: 004915166723481 
Email : fr.shaji1971@gmail.com
07. KANJIRATHUMKAL Rev. Fr. Thomas 
Mob  : 07338241537
Email: binishsimon@gmail.com
08. KOCHUPURACKAL Rev. Fr. Roy Martin
Mob : 09483499064
Email: frroymartin@gmail.com
09. KUNNATHETHU Rev. Fr. John
Mob : 08105755737
Email: frjohnkids@gmail.com
10. KUZHINAPURATH Rev. Fr. Thomas
Mob : 08746960793
Email: kuzhinapurathjubipeter@gmail.com
11. NEERNAKUNNEL Rev. Fr. Thomas 
Mob : 07829140710
Email: neeranachan@gmail.com
12. NELLIVILA Rev. Fr. John
Mob : 09901487490
Email: nellivila@gmail.com
13. NELLIVILA Very Rev. Fr. Philip
Mob : 09448445591
Email: nellivilap@gmail.com
14. OONNAMPARACKAL Rev. Fr. Thomas
Mob : 09483290744
Email: thomachanj15@gmail.com
15. PUNNATHANATHU Very Rev. Dr. Vincent
Mob : 09483140295
Email: vpunnathanam@gmail.com
16. THANIYL Rev. Fr. Lukose
Mob : 09481949123
Email : sthaniyil@gmail.com
17. VAZHACKAPARA Rev. Fr. Mathew Kurian
Mob : 09164088308
Email: mathewvpara@gmail.com
1. Very Rev. Fr. Peter John OIC
Mob: 08301028653
Mob: 09481816507, 08943290091
3. KAIPPALLIL Rev. Fr. James Mathew OIC
4. PADIKKAPARAMBIL Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Jacob OIC  
Mob : 09448479741
Email : frferdinandoic@gmail.com
5. THERADIYIL Rev. Fr. Binoy George OIC
Mob : 08277035070
Email : binoygoic@gmail.com
Mob  : 09741363654
Email : pookalamvinoj@gmail.com
8. Rev. Fr. Satyan Thomas OIC
Mob : 09449732822
Email : sathyanoic@gmail.com
9. Rev. Fr. Anjelo OIC 
Mob : 09496893464
Email : tinumampoo@gmail.com
10. Rev. Fr. Paul Vineeth OIC 
Mob : 09496522686