Roman Catholic Diocese of Tuticorin

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tuticorin (Latin: Tuticoren(sis)) is a unit (or 'particular Church') of the Catholic Church in the city of Tuticorin, part of the Ecclesiastical province of Madurai in India.

Diocese of Tuticorin

Dioecesis Tuticorensis

தூத்துக்குடி மறைமாவட்டம்
Sacred Heart Cathedral Tuticorin.jpg
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Tuticorin, The Mother Church of the Diocese
Ecclesiastical provinceMadurai
Area6,440 km2 (2,490 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2011)
621,820 (26.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established12 June 1923
CathedralSacred Heart Cathedral in Thoothukudi
Patron saintSaint Francis Xavier
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Current leadership
BishopMost Rev Dr Stephen Antony Pillai
Metropolitan ArchbishopMost Rev Dr.Antony Pappusamy
Vicar GeneralFr Panneer Selvam N.A.
Bishops emeritusRev. Dr. Yvon Ambroise
Website of the Diocese


The diocese of Tuticorin comprises the major part of the Tuticorin district, nearly half of the Nellai district and a small portion of the Kanyakumari district. The Catholics of this area trace their origin to the time of St. Francis Xavier who spent most of his missionary life in this area. Separated from the diocese of Tiruchirapalli, Tuticorin was created as a diocese and entrusted to the diocesan clergy in 1923 by the Apostolic Brief "Quae Catholico Nomini" of Pope Pius XI. It was entrusted to the indigenous clergy with Rt. Rev. Francis Tiburtius Roche s.j., as its first Bishop. He was also the first Indian Bishop of the Latin Rite. The patrons of the diocese are St. Francis Xavier and St. Teresa of the Child Jesus.


Five Vicariates are present in the Tuticorin diocese. Vicariates and Forane Churches are:

Famous churchesEdit

Notable PeopleEdit

Servant of God, Rev. Fr.Antony Soosainather

Servant of God, Rev. Fr. Augustine Pereira


Saints and causes for canonisationEdit

  • Servant of God Fr. Antony Soosainather, CR[1]


  1. ^ "Saints & Blessed – CCBI". Retrieved 17 October 2019.

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Coordinates: 8°48′17″N 78°09′23″E / 8.8048°N 78.1564°E / 8.8048; 78.1564