St. Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu

St. Philomena's Forane Church, popularly known as Koonammavu Church is situated in Koonammavu, a northern suburban town of Kochi City of Kerala state, India. This is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in India, built in 1837 AD. Even though the church is dedicated to the Virgin Philomena, Saint Chavara Achan's feast is celebrated in every year as the annual festival, a nine-day festival lasting from 26 December to 3 January along with Holy Christmas and the New Year. The church is also popular among non-Christians as a pilgrimage centre and this seventh Forane of Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Verapoly serves as the Catholic Forane Church of 12 churches listed below.[1]

  1. Church of Our Lady of Velankanni, Chariyamthuruth
  2. Christ the King Church-Christnagar, Varapuzha
  3. St. Antony's Church, Kongorpilly, Koonammavu.
  4. Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Maloth, Koonammavu
  5. Church of Our Lady of Nativity, Muttinakam, Varapuzha
  6. St. Joseph's Church, Neerikode, Alangad.
  7. Little Flower Church, Panayikulam
  8. Sacred Heart Church, Thevarkad, Varapuzha.
  9. Infant Jesus Church, Thundathumkadavu, Varapuzha.
  10. Amalolbhavamatha Church, Valluvally, Koonammavu
  11. Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph's Minor Basilica, Varapuzha
  12. St. Antony's Church, Chennur, Varapuzha.
St. Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu
Koonammavu Church
Koonammavu Chavara church Kochi.jpg
St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara Pilgrimage Centre
St. Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu is located in Kerala
St. Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu
St. Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu
10°06′00″N 76°15′56″E / 10.099901°N 76.265577°E / 10.099901; 76.265577Coordinates: 10°06′00″N 76°15′56″E / 10.099901°N 76.265577°E / 10.099901; 76.265577
LocationIndia, Koonammavu, Kochi, Kerala-683518
CountryIndia
DenominationRoman Catholic Latin Rite
ChurchmanshipHigh Church
Membership1232
Websitewww.stphilomenaschurchkoonammavu.org
www.verapoly.in
www.archdiocese.in/church
History
StatusForane, Pilgrimage
Founded1837; 185 years ago (1837)
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Administration
ArchdioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Verapoly
ProvinceVerapoly
CircuitOrder of Discalced Carmelites (OCD)
DistrictVII
Clergy
ArchbishopDr. Joseph Kalathiparambil
RectorFr. Dixon Fernandez
Vicar(s)Fr. Dixon Fernandez
Assistant priest(s)Fr. Joby Alapppat

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.archdiocese.in/church www.archdiocese.in/church
  2. ^ "St Chavara was a Great Visionary: CM".
  3. ^ Martin, K. a. (24 November 2014). "Koonammavu turns into a sea of people". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Chavara history wrongly interpreted, say Kerala Latin leaders | UCAN India". www.ucanindia.in. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Faithful Flock to Koonammavu".
  6. ^ "KERALA PSC ONLINE: QUIZ - Fr. CHAVARA KURIAKOSE". 24 November 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.manoramanews.com/nattuvartha/central/koonammavu-celebates-canonization-of-father-chavara.html
  8. ^ "ചാവറയച്ചന്റെ സ്മരണയില്‍ കൂനമ്മാവ് ജനസാഗരമായി".
  9. ^ "കൂനമ്മാവ് തീര്‍ഥാടനകേന്ദ്രം: വികസന മാസ്റ്റര്‍പ്ലാന്‍ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിക്കു സമര്‍പ്പിച്ചു".
  10. ^ http://www.mangalam.com/ernakulam/294439

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