St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam

St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam is a historic colonial era Roman Catholic church that is located in the PanmanaChavara panchayat, Karunagappalli taluk, Kollam district, Kerala, India.[1]

St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam
St Andrew's Church Roman Catholic Church, Kovilthottam
LocationKovilthottam, Kollam, India
CountryIndia
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
History
StatusChurch
Founded1398; 623 years ago (1398)
DedicationSaint Andrew
Dedicated1779
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Yovakim de Santiago
StylePortuguese Colonial
Completed1779
Administration
DioceseRoman Catholic Diocese of Quilon
ProvinceKollam
DistrictKollam
Clergy
Bishop(s)Stanley Roman

Masses are held in English and follow the Roman Rite liturgy.[2]

HistoryEdit

It was established and first built in 1398. It was rebuilt in 1779 by the Franciscan missionary Father Yovakim de Santiago.[3] The church is also a parish church, part of the Diocese of Quilon, established in the 14th century.[4]

The 1779 church was built in the Portuguese Colonial style, and dedicated to St Andrew.[5] The church building was renovated in the 2000s, and subsequently consecrated by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, Stanley Roman in 2006.[3]

SettingEdit

Kovilthottam is a small coastal village and a port, between Chavara T.S. canal part of the Kerala backwaters and Arabian sea to its west, it is approachable from Chavara from the iron footbridge. The Church is a popular pilgrimage and tourist destination of Chavara.[6]

Former vicarsEdit

Rev. Fr. Yoachim D'santiago - 1770 Rev. Fr. Francis Alvaras - 1779 Rev. Fr. Louis Ker Netto - 1881 Rev. Fr. Mathai Nelluvelil Kathanar - (1881 - 1883) Rev. Fr. John Kathanar - (1883 - 1884) Rev. Fr. Michael Kathanar - (1884 - 1887) Rev. Fr. Thoma Kathanar - (1887 - 1899) Rev. Fr. John a. Netto - (1899 - 1901) Rev. Fr. Michael Jackson - (1901 - 1905) Rev. Fr. Joseph Peres - (1905 - 1910) Rev. Fr. M. David Fernandez - (1910 - 1911) Rev. Fr. Peter Morris - (1911) Rev. Fr. Francis Fernandez - (1911 - 1913) Rev. Fr. John A. Netto - (1914 - 1917) Rev. Fr. Leene B. Miranda - (1917 - 1919) Rev. Fr. George Karikuzhi - (1919) Rev. Fr. Bernard benjamine fernandez - (1919 - 1923) Rev. Fr. Simon s. gonzago - (1923 - 1933) Rev. Fr. Mark P. Fernandez - (1933 - 1934) Rev. Fr. Marceline Morris - (1934 - 1939) Rev. Fr. Bernard Benjamine Fernandez - (1939 - 1946) Rev. Fr. Valerian M. Fernandez - (1946 - 1956) Rev. Fr. Michael M. Netto - (1956 - 1968) Rev. Fr. Elias Varghese - (1968 - 1972) Rev. Fr. Christepher Morris - (1972 - 1984) Rev. Fr. Christy Daniel - (1984 - 1987) Rev. Fr. Joseph Morris - (1984 - 1987) Rev. Fr. K. J. Jesudas - (1987 - 1990) Rev. Fr. Andrew Eugene - (1990 - 1992) Rev. Fr. Sefernos Sebastian - (1992 - 1997) Rev. Fr. John G. Fernandez - (1997 - 1998) Rev. Fr. Hubert Fernandez - (1998 - 1999) Rev. Fr. Antony John - (1999 - 2003) Rev. Fr. Joseph Detto Fernandez - (2003) Rev. Fr. Dionysius C. Antony - (2003 - 2006) Rev. Fr. Milton G. - (2006 - 2008) Rev. Fr. Franklin Francis - (2008 - 2013) Rev. Fr. Arun J. Aradan- (2013 - 2014) Rev. Fr. Shani Francis - (2014 - 2017) ) Rev. Fr. Abel Lucious (2018- )

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lizzie George (1984). The Catholic Directory of India, 1984. C.B.C.I. Centre. pp. 536, 145.
  2. ^ "St. Andrew". The Catholic Directory. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Church consecration tomorrow". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 19 July 2014. Kollam Bishop Stanley Roman will consecrate the renovated Saint Andrew's Parish Church at Kovilthottam, near here, on Friday. The parish church was established in 1398 and the church at Kovilthottam was built in 1779.
  4. ^ "Parishes". Diocese of Quilon. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  5. ^ Medical Research Council Special Report Series. H.M. Stationery Office. 1971. pp. 54–55.
  6. ^ "Constituency". Ministry of Labour, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

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Coordinates: 8°59′43″N 76°31′24″E / 8.995333°N 76.523219°E / 8.995333; 76.523219