His Holiness Pope
Paul VI by the Bull "Quanta Gloria" of March 1, 1973 bifurcated the
vast diocese of Tellicherry and erected the diocese of Mananthavady.
The diocese comprised of the civil districts of Wayanad in Kerala, the
Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu and the districts of Shimoga, Chikmangalore,
Hassan, Mandya and Mysore in Karnataka. Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy was
consecrated as the first Bishop of Mananthavady on May 1, 1973.
On December 31, 1975, by a decree of the Congregation for the Oriental
Churches, dated December 4, 1975, ten parishes of the diocese of
Tellicherry in the civil districts of Kannur and Kozhikode (at present
Malappuram) in Kerala were added to the diocese.
Mananthavady has an area of approximately 48,250 sq. kms. and a
population of 1,64,823 Syrian Catholics. On June 7, 1995 Mar Jacob
Thoomkuzhy was transferred as the bishop Thamarassery. And the then
Proto-Synchellus Msgr. Joseph Kaniamattamwas appointed as the
Administrator of the diocese on July 27, 1995. On January 26, 1997 Rt.
Rev. Emmanuel Pothanamuzhy was consecrated as the second bishop of the
Post Box No. 1,
Mananthavady - 670 645,
Wayanad Dt., Kerala, India.
Tel: +91 4935 - 240735, 240745, 242613 (O),
Fax: +91 4935 240265
Area: 48,250 sq. kms.
Total population: 8.8 million
Languages spoken: Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and English.
Revenue districts: Wayanad, Nilgiris, Shimoga, Mandya,
Hassan,Chamarajnagar, Chickmagalore and Mysore.
Diocesan Clergy: 165
Religious Priests & Brothers: 269
Religious Women: 1,180
No. of Parishes: 134
Houses of Women Religious: 214
Houses of Men Religious: 96
Minor Seminary: 01
No. of Educational institutions: 215
P. G. Depts / Colleges: 02
Sr. Secondary Schools (10+2): 04
High Schools (10th std.): 12
Primary Schools: 35
Other Institutions: 69