Diocese of Madhya Kerala of the Church of South India

The Madhya Kerala Diocese is one of the twenty-four dioceses of the Church of South India (commonly referred as CSI) (successor of the Church of England) covering the central part of Kerala. When the Church of South India was formed on 27 September 1947 the diocese was called the Diocese of Central Travancore. It was a part of the erstwhile Anglican Diocese of Travancore and Cochin founded in 1879. The Diocese was later renamed as Diocese of Madhya Kerala.

Diocese of Madhya Kerala
Ecclesiastical provinceChurch of South India
Members0.3 million
CathedralHoly Trinity Cathedral, Kottayam
Secular priests178
Current leadership
BishopThomas K Oommen


The history of the Madhya Kerala Diocese dates back to the work of the Church Missionary Society in the state of Travancore. R.H. Kerr and Claudius Buchanan, visited the Malabar Syrians in 1806, during the episcopate of Mar Dionysius I. Lord William Bentinck sent Kerr to Travancore for the purpose of investigating the state of the native church. During the British period, CMS missionaries started a relationship with Saint Thomas Christians; a division occurred between Orthodox Syrian Christians and a minority from the Church, who were in favor of the reformed ideologies of the CMS missionaries. According to some estimates, about 6,000–12,000 Orthodox Syrian Christians joined the Church of England in India in 1837; these were known as Syrian Anglicans.[citation needed]

Early in 1876, the Society began negotiations with the Secretary of State for India so that a new diocese can be formed under the Jerusalem Bishopric Act for the Church of England in the Native States of Travancore and Cochin. The Diocese of Travancore and Cochin (in the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon) was erected with its See at Kottayam in 1879 and John Speechly, then Principal of the Cambridge Nicholson Institute (CMS theological college, Kottayam), was announced as the first Bishop of Travancore and Cochin. Speechly was consecrated a bishop on 25 July 1879 at St Paul's Cathedral; he arrived at Kottayam on 27 January 1880.[1]

In 1888, Speechly left for England and was unable to return, and Noel Hodges (1890–1904), a CMS Missionary from Ceylon followed him as diocesan bishop. He was installed in the Pro-Cathedral, Kottayam in November 1890. During the episcopate of Hodges, the first missionary enterprise of the diocese was organised as its Home Mission, was started at Adoor in 1903. Hodges retired in 1905 and was succeeded by Hope Gill (1905–1925), who was consecrated in Westminister Abbey and arrived in Kottayam in 1906. The full creation of Diocesan structures which began in 1879 was fulfilled in 1920, when Gill constituted, "Travancore and Cochin Diocesan Council" to assist in the management of the temporal affairs and financial business of the church.[2]

On 27 September 1947, the four southernmost dioceses of CIBC united with other churches to form the Church of South India. The presiding bishop at the CSI's inauguration was C. K. Jacob, Bishop of Travancore and Cochin[3] who became Bishop in Central Travancore; his diocese's territory was reduced and renamed the Diocese of Central Travancore.[citation needed] Subsequently, it has been renamed the Diocese of Madhya Kerala after that state was formed in 1956 — madhya is Hindi for central.[citation needed]

Due to the presence of Syrian Anglicans in the CSI, churches of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (in Oriental Orthodox Communion, autocephalous), Malankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church (in Oriental Orthodox Communion, under Antioch) and Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church do interact frequently on occasions such as family gathering and marriages.


The Diocese has a Diocesan Council which governs the diocese. All the clergy of the diocese and elected laymen from the local congregations are the members of the Diocesan Council.

The diocese is divided into two zones (North Zone and South Zone), each headed by a District Minister. And it is further divided into twelve District Councils. The bishop of the diocese is assisted by the Executive Committee, formed by an election from the Diocesan Council.[4]

The Diocesan Headquarters is at Kottayam, Kerala. The Bishop's House and a Retreat Centre is in the campus of the Headquarters.

The Diocese also publishes an official newsletter named Njananikshepam (The Treasury of Knowledge) every month. The newsletter was published first in the year 1848 from C.M.S. press, Kottayam.[citation needed]


Thomas K Oommen

Anglican Bishops of Travancore and Cochin

CSI Bishops in Central Travancore/Madhya Kerala

  • C.K. Jacob (1947–1957), Deputy Moderator (1948–1950)
  • M.M. John (1958–1974)
    • T.S. Joseph, assistant bishop (consecrated 1 July 1967)[5]
  • T.S. Joseph (1974–1981) installed 27 December[5]
  • M.C. Mani (1981–1993) consecrated 8 February[5]
  • Sam Mathew (1993–2001) consecrated 1 September[5]
  • Thomas Samuel (2001–2011)
  • Thomas K Oommen (2011–present), Deputy Moderator of CSI (2014–2017), Moderator of CSI (2017–present)

District CouncilsEdit

The Diocese is divided into 12 District Councils. Each Council has a chairman presbyter.

Number District Council Pastorates Outstation Pastorates
1 Adoor Adoor,

Kadampanad, Kollam, Kulathupuzha, S.Kunnida, Munroethuruthu, Puthuval, Thazhathumon, Thiruvananthapuram

2 Elanthoor Cheenerkara, Elanthoor, Kallely, Kidangannoor, Kuzhikkala, Mallassery, Nallanikunnu, Omalloor, Pathananthitta, Punnackad
3 Ettumanoor Ettumanoor, Kattampakal, Koothattukulam, Muttuchira, Njeezhoor, Ottiankurnnu, Piravam, Vaikom, Varikkamkkunnu, Velloor
4 Kodukulanji Angadickal, Chengannur, Karode, Kodukulanji, Kollakadavu, Cheruvalloor
5 Kottayam Arpookara, Ascension Kottayam, Cathedral Kottayam, Central Kumarakom, Erikadu, Kothala, Kumaranelloor, Machukadu, Manganam, Manarcadu, Muttambalam, Olassa, Pampady, Thiruvanchoor, Vadavathoor
6 Kumplampoika Ayroor, Chittar, Ennooramvayal (Vechoochira), Karikkattor, Kumplampoika, Neerettucavu, Pullikkallu Ranni, Vayalathala
7 Mallappally Ezhumattoor, Kaipatta, Keezhvaipur, Koothrappally, Kottanad, Mallappally, Mammood, Narakathani, Nedungadappally, Pariyaram
8 Mavelikara Mavelikara, Kallumala, Cherukunnam, Kattanam, Kappil, Bharanikkavu, South Puthuppally, Alumpedika, Njakkanal, Chamavila, Kayamkulam, Kanneetti, Mynagappally, Monkuzhy
9 Mundakkayam Mundakkayam, Thidanad, Vazhoor, Kanam, Edakunnam, Ponkunnam, Karinilam
10 Pallom Pallom, Panimattom, Velluthuruthy, Kavalam, Changanacherry, Kollad, Alappuzha, Karumadi, Njaliakuzhy, Mooledom, Thuruthy, Muhamma, Nalunnakkal, Poovanthuruthu
11 Punnavely Punnavely, Neelampara, Chelakompu, Mundathanam, Kangazha, East Meenadom, Mulekkunnu
12 Tiruvalla Tholassery, Kaviyoor, Perumthuruthy, Valanjavattom, Thalavady, Mundiappally, Kunnamthanam, Kuttoor, Poovathoor, Kumbanad, Warikkadu

Institutions under the dioceseEdit


Printing Press


Higher Secondary Schools

High Schools

  • CMS College Higher Secondary School Kottayam
  • Baker Memorial Girls High School, Kottayam
  • Bishop Hodges Higher Secondary School Mavelikara
  • CMS Higher Secondary School Mallapally
  • CMS Higher Secondary Kuzhikala
  • Buchanan Girls High School Pallom
  • CMS High School Mundakayam
  • CMS High School Kattanam
  • CMS High School Kumplampoika
  • CMS High School Nedugadapally
  • CMS High School Pallom
  • CMS High School Punnavely
  • CMS High School Olassa
  • CMS High School Puthupally
  • CMS High School Kanam
  • CMS High School Thiruvalla
  • CMS High School Thalavady
  • CMS High School Mundiapally

Theological Education

  • Bishop Mani Theological Institute Kottayam

Self Financing Schools

Teacher Training Institutes

Special Schools

  • C.S.I VHSS for the Deaf, Thiruvalla
  • C.S.I HSS for the Partially Hearing, Manakkala, Adoor

Notable churchesEdit

Within Kerala
Outside India
  • CSI Church, Toronto
  • Church Of South India (CSI) Malayalam Congregation London
  • ST Thomas CSI Church, Belfast
  • CSI Congregation of Manchester, Midlands and Sheffield.
  • St. Peter's CSI Church
  • CSI St.Thomas Church -Malayalam Congregation, Doha - Qatar
  • CSI Parish, Abu Dhabi
  • CSI Parish, Dubai
  • CSI Parish, Sharjah
  • All Saints CSI Parish, Jebel Ali
  • CSI Emmanuel Congregation, Atlanta
  • CSI Congregation of Great Lakes, Michigan
  • Emmanuel CSI Church, Philadelphia
  • CSI Congregation of Dallas
  • CSI Congregation of Hudson Valley
  • Church of South India Malayalam Congregation of Greater New York
  • Holy Trinity CSI Church, Brisbane
  • Holy Trinity CSI Congregation, Dublin

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Bethel Malayalam Church New Delhi". Bethelmalayalamchurch.com. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ Eyre Chatterton
  4. ^ "CSI to open 'political desk'". The Hindu. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d [2]


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