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Archdiocese of Trivandrum Latin

Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam

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  • Date of Birth : 1946-03-11
  • Mob : +91 9447520570/ (+91)471 2724 001/2724002
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Short History of Trivandrum Latin Diocese

Group: : Latin-rite
Phone : +91-471-2724001
Address : Archbishop's House
P.B. No. 805
Trivandrum 695 003
Kerala, India
Website :

The Archdiocese of Trivandrum (Latin rite) covers 686 square kilometers in total.

Trivandrum Latin archdiocese is headquartered in Kerala's capital city Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum. It is situated between north latitudes 8° 17' and 8° 54' and east longitudes 76° 41' and 77° 17'. The archdiocese is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the West and Western Ghat on the East. The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Thiruvananthapuram some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination.

Malayalam, English and Tamil are the languages spoken in the diocesan territory.

The weather and climate of Trivandrum is hot tropical. There is not much difference in the temperature of summer and winter months. Humidity rises to as high as 90 percent during the south-west monsoon. The Trivandrum district gets rainfall from both the south-west Monsoon and the north-east Monsoon.

The south-west monsoon sets in by June and lasts by the month of September whereas the north-east monsoon starts in October and fades by November. During the months of April and May, the mean daily maximum temperature in Trivandrum may rise to 35° Celsius whereas in December-January, the temperature may go down to 20° Celsius. The best time to visit Trivandrum is between November to March.

Brief History
It is half a millennium since Christianity had taken roots along the coastal area of Trivandrum, from Eraimmanthurai in the south to Ayroor on the north. Starting with foreigners, the mission is still an ongoing process in the Diocese of Trivandrum.

The Diocese of Trivandrum was erected on July 1, 1937 from the Diocese of Quilon.

On June 14, 1996 the Diocese of Trivandrum lost territory to the newly erected Diocese of Neyyattinkara.

It was on June 3, 2004 when the Diocese of Trivandum was elevated to an Archdiocese. Suffragan dioceses are the Diocese of Alleppey, Neyyattinkara, Punalur and Quilon.

Patroness of the Archdiocese is St. Theresa of Child Jesus.


Name Type
Colleges 4
Schools 99
Ecclesiastical Institutions 10
Religious Brothers 5
Religious Sisters 614
Total Priests 190
Religious Priests 88
Diocesan Priests 102
Parishes 110
Catholic Population 2,46,285
Orphanages 13
Hostels 9
Hospitals 19
Professional Colleges 3

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