Vijayapuram Diocese – The Official Website of the Vijayapuram Diocese
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Mother of Vijayapuram

Vimalagiri Matha

With a  serene and sweet Face, a crown of twelve stars on her head and the crescent moon at her feet and holding out the Scapular and Rosary to her beloved Children.

Our Patron

Pope-Francis

Pope Francis

Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

Our Bishop

Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Thekethecheril DCL

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; (Philippians 2:3)

The Diocese of Vijayapuram

The apostolic bull ” Ad Chisti Nomen”  of His Holiness Pope Pius Xl to be bifurcated the Archdiocese of Verapoly on 14th July 1930 and erected the Diocese of Vijayapuram. This Diocese is at the centre of Kottayam municipal Town.   A Catholic diocese named ‘Kottayam’ was existing since 1887. So the founding fathers of the new diocese have decided to name, it as ‘Vijayapuram’. The name seemed perfect as it occupies the centre of Vijayapuram Panchayath, Kottayam and the centre of the mission activities of the diocese. The diocese is characterized by its multiple specialties. It comprises the entire civil districts of Kottayam, Idukki and partial portions of the districts of Alapuzha, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta. The diocese has an area of 9000 square kilometers.

FAITH

As for the Church, Francis says that she has no purpose other than to live and bear witness to Christ as the one sent by Abba “to preach good news to the poor,” to “proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”

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EDUCATION

All men of every race, condition and age, since they enjoy the dignity of a human being, have an inalienable right to an education that is in keeping with their ultimate goal, their ability, their sex, and the culture and tradition of their country, and also in harmony with their fraternal association with other peoples in the…

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SOCIAL SERVICE

Vijayapuram Social Service Society (VSSS) is the official organ of the Diocese of Vijayapuram for socio-economic and educational development interventions. It was established and registered as S.No.36/61 under Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act of 1955 in the…

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PILGRIMAGE

After the death and resurrection of the Incarnate God and the spread of Christianity, adherents felt a longing to tread in the footsteps of their Savior, His Holy Mother, and His chosen followers, the holy Apostles. Even in the early centuries, when millions of Christians were martyred for their Faith, the faithful flocked…

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If I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.

- 1 Timothy 3:15

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

- Psalm 111:1

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

- John 10:16
Church

Vimalagiri Cathedral

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. (Colossians 1:18)

Vimalagiri Church, also known as Vimala Matha Church, is one of the ancient churches of Kottayam district. Vimalagiri Church is one of the most beautiful pilgrim center in Kottayam district. It is a Roman catholic church and the cathedral of the dioceses of Vijayapuram. This church is built in Gothic style. Its tower is almost 172 feet high which makes this church one of the tallest churches in Kerala. The construction of this church was started in the year 1956 and completed in 1964. The stunning beauty of the church attracts a countless number of tourists every year. The cathedral is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.