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It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

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Eparchy of Pathanamthitta

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Bishop Samuel Irenios Kattukallil
Bishop Kattukallil
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Bishop Samuel Irenios Kattukallil
Catholic Bishop's House,
St. Peter's Junction,
Pathanamthitta-689645,]
Kerala, India

Phone: (0468)222.32.00, +91 9447265650 (mob)
Fax :222.38.00
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Samuel Mar Irenius was born on May 13, 1952. He hails from Kadamminitta in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, in the Major Archeparchy of Trivandrum. He joined the St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, Trivandrum. On completing bachelor's degrees in philosophy and theology from St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary Aluva, he was ordained priest on Dec. 22, 1978. Appointed lecturer in Mar Ivanios College, he later served as the principal of St. John's College Anchal and retired as the principal of Mar Ivanios College Trivandrum. From 1979 he served several parishes in Erathumpamon, Muttathukonam, Pampukala, Vattakarikkam, Kuttichal, Vengode, Manjakala, Kunnapuzha, Kalliyal, Thirumala, Chalai, Palayam, Thiruvallam, Karakulam, Kallayam, Chenckalchoola, Anchal, Thazhamel and Ozhukuparackal.

He was appointed auxllary bishop of the major archeparchy of Trivandrum on Jan. 25, 2010. His episcopal ordination was on March 13, 2010.

He was appointed the coadjutor bishop of Pathanamthitta on April 1, 2018, and on Jun 7, 2019 he became the bishop of Pathanamthitta.

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