Dioceses
 

The dioceses in the Anglican Church of India consist of all the autonomous Dioceses which are in full communion with the Archdiocese of Travancore & Cochin (T&C).

TRAVANCORE & COCHIN ATHI BHADRASANOM (ARCH DIOCESE):

The Archdiocese is also known as ?Athi Bhadrasanom? (The Great Auspicious Seat) and it alone can also be referred to as the Anglican Church of India. The Archdiocese (Athi Bhadrasanom) is further divided into five dioceses or Bhadrasanoms (Auspicious Seats) for administrative purposes.

The Archbishop of the Athi Bhadrasanom (Archdiocese) also serves as the Metropolitan of the Anglican Synod and by that, of the Anglican Church of India. Earlier known as the Diocese of Travancore and Cochin (T&C), it was elevated to the status of an Archdiocese in 1990. The T&C was reconstituted in 1966 May 5th by separating it from the Canterbury under the leadership of its 7th bishop, Dr. V J Stephen. From 1966 till 1986, late Archbishop V J Stephen served as the Archbishop of the Diocese and after his demise, Bp. Paulose M. Markose served as the senior bishop for a brief period. After Bp. Markose? demise, current Archbishop, Dr. Stephen Vattappara, was elected as the Archbishop of T&C.

The Archdiocese consists of the following dioceses:

1.       Malankara           2. Maramon       3. High Range     4. South Kerala  and 5. Central

Malankara Bhadrasanom (Diocese)

Earlier known as Kangazha Diocese, the Malankara Diocese consists of 45 local parishes under the jurisdiction of 5 pastoral dioceses. Bishop Paulose M. Nirappil was the first bishop of the diocese and was consecrated on May 9th 1982. From 1990 till 2008, Bishop Lukose C Varghese* served as the diocesan bishop. From 2008 onwards Bishop Dr. John Joseph serves as the diocesan bishop.

Late Archbishop Dr. V. J. Stephen?s birth place, Chelacompu, was selected as the headquarters of the Malankara Diocese and the diocese is proud of that heritage.

*Bp. Varghese was excommunicated from the ACI after he tried to create a schism in the Church by favoring to join the Traditional Anglican Communion which favors reuniting with the Holy See.

Maramon Bhadrasanom (Diocese):

It was in Maramon region in 1966 that late Bishop Dr V J Stephen was consecrated as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of T&C. The historical event happened in Thiruvalla (in central Kerala) and later the same town was selected as the head quarters of the Maramon Diocese.

Late Bishop Paulose K Markose was the first bishop when the Maramon diocese was formed. He also served as the Senior Bishop of the Archdiocese for a brief period. After his demise the then assistant bishop Thomas Karikuzhy was appointed as the next bishop. The period of Thomas Karikuzhy could be described as one of the most testing period in the history of the Diocese. Bishop Thomas was excommunicated from the Diocese for creating divisions based on castes in India which the Church opposes.  

Very Rev. P M John and Rev. Pathrose Kochuthara (Later Bishop Pathrose) administered the diocese until the current bishop Dr. John Thundukulam was consecrated as the third bishop of the Diocese of Maramon.

Very Rev. Mosses Pullolickal, a Cor Episcopa of the Maramon Diocese, currently serves as the vicar of the Malayalam Congregation at the St. Paul?s Anglican Church of Philadelphia in USA. The Archdiocesan Council in 2011 August 19th has selected Very Rev. Mosses Pullolickal as the Bishop Elect for the Maramon Diocese and will be consecrated before the current Bishop retires.

High Range Bhadrasanom (Diocese):

On May 5th 1991, the Diocese of High Range was formed as the first Diocese within the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of T&C. Bishop Dr. Levi Joseph Ikera was consecrated as the first bishop of the diocese and he still serves as the diocesan bishop. Rev. K C Mathai served as the Spiritual Administrator of the diocese.

The diocesan headquarters functions at the St. Mathews Cathedral, Muniyara. The diocese consists of 35 local parishes under the jurisdiction of 3 pastoral dioceses.

Late Bishop Paulose M Nirappil (Malankara Diocese), late Bishop Paulose K Markose (Maramon Diocese) and late Honorary Bishop Mathew Chakkumkal (High Range) belonged to the Diocese of High Range and the diocese is proud of their work.

Bishop Varkey Panachikkal serves as the current honorary bishop of the diocese. Rev. John Chettiyathara from High Range diocese serves as the Pastoral Secretary of the Archdiocese of Travancore & Cochin. Rev. M. P. Mathew from the High Range diocese serves as the Principal and Dean of the Anglican Theological Seminary run by the Archdiocese of T&C.

Dakshina Kerala Bhadrasanom (South Kerala Diocese):

The erstwhile Adoor Mission under the Diocese of Travancore and Cochin was developed as Diocese in 1985. The Diocese of South Kerala was officially formed in 1985 August 10th. Bishop Jacob Chennampallil served as the first bishop of the diocese. The All Saints Cathedral at Thazhathuvadakku is maintained as a permanent memorial for the first bishop Jacob Chennampallil.

Late Archbishop Dr. V J Stephen started his historic fight against anti Anglicanism while he was a vicar at the Eanathu Church. In memory of him and his historic struggle, the Eanath Church is renamed as St. Stephen?s Cathedral and it also functions as the head quarters of the South Kerala Diocese.

After the demise of Bishop Jacob Chennampallill, honorary bishop John M Peter administered the diocese for a period of time. Later on 2002 January 18th, Bishop Lukose Vallieathil was consecrated as the second bishop of the Diocese.

Kendra Bhadrasanom (Central Diocese):

Churches that are especially under the jurisdiction of Archbishop were developed as the Central Diocese. Earlier it was known as Centrally Administered Churches.

Central Diocese manages the Anglican Theological Seminary at Perumpadavom, near Cochin, and an annex of it at Thiruvalla. Ten Churches in different parts of Kerala including the Silver Jubilee Chapel at the state capital of Kerala, Trivandrum, functions under the Central Diocese.

The St. Paul?s Anglican Church of Philadelphia, functioning in USA is under the jurisdiction of the Central Diocese.

FULL COMMUNION DIOCESES:

The following dioceses are autonomous dioceses which maintain their independence in administration but comes under the Episcopal authority of the Anglican Synod. Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Travancore & Cochin serves as the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of India and its Synod. The headquarters of the Archdiocese also serves as the office of the Synod. These dioceses are in full communion with the Archdiocese of T&C.

Bishop Dr. D E Singh, Diocese of Haryana, serves as the Suffragan Metropolitan for the North Indian dioceses and Bishop Dr. Satya Kumar, Diocese of Tamil Nadu, serves as the Suffragan Metropolitan for the South Indian dioceses.

North India:

1.       Diocese of Haryana         2. Diocese of Delhi           3. Diocese of Chandigarh             

4.     Diocese of Kashmir          5. Diocese of Dehradun

South India:

1.       Diocese of Secunderabad            2. Diocese of Tamil Nadu