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History

Punalur was bifurcated from the Diocese of Quilon and created into a separate diocese by the Papal Bull “Verba Chriti”(Word of Christ) of Pope John Paul II, issued on 21st December, 1985. Belgian Carmelite Fathers were the first missionaries in this area. During the Second World War the first missionaries had to go back, entrusting the missions to the Diocesan clergy. Most Rev. Mathias Kappil is the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Punalur and he was consecrated on 13th April 1986 and took the official charge of the diocese as a bishop on 16th May 1986. In 2005 Bishop Mathias Kappil retired and on 3rd May 2005 Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kariyil was consecrated as the second Bishop of Punalur. He served the diocese for four years. On 8th May 2009 Rt. Rev. Dr. Selvister Ponnumuthan was nominated as the third Bishop of Punalur to succeed Bishop Joseph Kariyil who was transferred to Cochin Diocese. Bishop Selvister Ponnumuthan was consecrated on 28th June 2009. Punalur Diocese comprises of the civil district of Pathanamthitta and the parts of the districts of Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvanthapuram and the taluks of Chengannur, Kottarakara, Kozhencerry, Kunnathur, Mavelikara, Pathanapuram and Ranny.

      Former Prelates: Most Rev Mathias Kappil (1986-2005)
      Most Rev Joseph Kariyil (2005-2009)

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07/06/2016

First Death Anniversary of Former Vicar General of Punalur.

27/12/2019

Shubhadarshan 2019

Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. (St. John Vianney)
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