Diocese at a Glance
Bishop - Mar Raphael Thattil.
Vicar General – Msgr. Francis ELuvathingal
Cathedral: St. Alphonsa Cathedral, Kukatpally.
Bishop’s House: St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Church, Balapur.
Meaning of Shamsha = Sunshine.
Established on 9th October, 2017 by the historical letter of Pope Francis.
Inaugurated on 7th January 2018.
Total Syro-Malabar faithful – c. 1,20,000.
31st Syro-Malabar Eparchy – Geographically the largest in India.
Covers in territory 2/3 of India – spread in 23 states 4 Union Territories including 2 islands.
Coextensive with 87 Latin diocese and 2 Syro-Malankara eparchies.
Divided into 8 regions – Excluding the already existing Syro-Malabar Eparchies.
Southern Region: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
South-Central Region: Karnataka, Goa & Maharashtra.
Western Region: Gujarat, Rajasthan, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
Central Region: Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh & Odisha.
Northern Region: Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh.
Eastern Region: Bihar, Jharkhand.
North-Eastern Region: West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh.
Island Region: Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Several Men and women of various religious congregations working in various parts of the eparchy.