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MAR LAWRENCE MUKKUZHY
BISHOP OF BELTHANGADY

BRIEF HISTORY

The Diocese of Belthangady was erected by the Papal Bull "CUM AMPLA", dated 24th April 1999, of His Holiness Pope John Paul II as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Thalasserry. This diocese has been established for the Syro-Malabar Catholics of the three civil districts of Karnataka State, viz., Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. Till the Diocese of Belthangady was established, this region was under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Thalasserry. As Belthangady is in Karnataka State with a different language and culture, it was difficult to cater to the spiritual needs of the faithful directly from Thalasserry. Hence it was declared a Mission Province of the Archdiocese of Thallasserry and an Episcopal Vicar was appointed on 10th November 1979. This Mission grew up and finally THE DIOCESE OF BELTHANGADY was established on 24th April 1999. The diocese was inaugurated on 4th August 1999.

MAR LAWRENCE MUKKUZHY - THE FIRST BISHOP

Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy was born on 31st August 1951 at Hosmota(Kadaba) as the 7th Child of Smt.Rosa and Late Mr.Thomas Mukkuzhy. After his school education at Aranthodu and Sullia, he joined St.Joseph's Minor Seminary, Thalasserry.His pre-degree course was at Nirmalagiri College,Kuthuparamba. He had his Philosophy and Theology course at the Pontifical Seminary, Aluva and was ordained Priest on 27th December 1978 by Bishop Mar Sebastian Valloppilly. He secured Master's Degree in English Literature from the University of Mysore.

Bishop Lawrence has to his credit a very good record of eventful and fruitful ministry in different Parishes. His first appointment was as assistant Parish Priest at Udane. He served as Parish Priest at Gandibagilu (1981- 86) Kutruppady and Guthigar (1986-88), Belthangady, Kankanady,Mundaje and Malachowki (1988-94) and Channanakampara (1994-97). In 1997 he was appointed Episcopal Vicar of Dakshina Kannada Mission and Parish Priest of Bl.Alphonsa Church, Mangalore. He has also served as Archdiocesan Consultor,Pastoral and Presbyteral Council member, President of Karnataka Catholic Educational and Charitable Society and President of the Dakshina Kannada rural Development society.

His Holiness Pope John Paul II appointed him as the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Belthangady on 24th April 1999. He was consecrated Bishop on 4th August 1999 by the major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil assisted by Archbishop Mar George Valiyamattam of Thalassery and Bishop Mar Joseph Pallickaparambil of Pala and he assumed charge on the same day.


Taluks

   - Kundapura
   - Udupi
   - Karkala
   - Mangalore
   - Bantwal
   - Belthangady
   - Puttur
   - Sullia
   - Somvarpet
   - Madikeri
   - Veerajpet
      Diocese Of Belthangady - Areas

       
Districts :
1.Udupi
2.Dakshina Kannada
3.Kodagu

DIOCESAN OFFICIALS

Very Rev.Msgr.Joseph Mampallikunnel Vicar General
Very Rev.Fr.Kuriakose Vettuvazhy Chancellor
Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Chathanattu Finance Officer

COLLEGE OF EPARCHIAL CONSULTORS

Very Rev.Msgr.Joseph Mampallikunnel
Very Rev.Fr.Kuriakose Vettuvazhy
Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Chathanattu
Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Kureekkattil
Very Rev.Fr.George Areekunnel
Very Rev.Fr.Jose Valiaparambil
Very Rev.Fr.Thomas Kannamkal
PRESBYTERAL SENATE

Bisho Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy President
Very Rev.Msgr.Joseph Mampallikunnel Vice President
Very Rev.Fr.Kuriakose Vettuvazhy Chancellor
Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Chathanattu Finance Officer
Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Kureekkattil
Very Rev.Fr.Jose Valiaparambil
Very Rev.Fr.Thomas Kannamkal
Very Rev.Fr.George Areekunnel
Rev.Fr.Tom Cherukara
Rev.Fr.Jose Keechankeriyil
Rev.Fr.George Kalambukattu
Nominated Members

Rev.Fr.Thomas Kannamkal Director Diocesan Social Service Dept
Rev.Fr.George Kalambukattu CMI Representative of the Men Religious
FINANCE COUNCIL

President Bishop Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy
Very.Rev.Fr.Joseph Mampallikunnel
Finance Officer Very.Rev.Fr.Joseph Chathanattu
Chartered Accountant Mr.V.G.Joseph B.Com., F.C.A.
Office Assistants

Sr.Josetta F.C.C.
Sr.Lucy Sebastian S.H.

BOARD OF EDUCATION (KCECS)

President Bishop Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy
Secretary Rev.Fr.Joseph Chathanatt
Advisory Body 1. Msgr.Joseph Mampallikunnel
2. Rev.Fr.Abraham Madathimyalil
3. Rev.Fr.Jose Valiyaparambil
4. Rev.Fr.Tom Cherukara
5. Rev.Fr.Thomas Parekkattil
6. Mr.Jacob Neeliyara, Gadibagilu
7. Rev.Sr.Elizabeth SABS

PASTORAL COUNCIL

1. Bishop Mar Lawrence Mukkuzhy President
2. Very Rev.Msgr.Joseph mampallikunnel Vice President
3. Very Rev.Fr.Kuriakose Vettuvazhy Chancellor
4. Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Chathanattu Procurator
5. Very Rev.Fr.Jose Valiaparambil Director Of Catechesis
6. Very Rev.Fr.Thomas Kannamkal Director D.K.R.D.S
7. Rev.Fr.Siby Panachickal Director I.C.Y.M
8. Very Rev.Fr.Jose Kureekattil Rector St.Thomas Minor Seminary, Belthangady

DHARMASTHALA REGION(Representatives)

1. Rev.Fr.Saleem Thomas Kallupuraparambil Dhamasthala
2. Rev.Fr.Varghese Puthiyidath Mangalore
3. Mr.James Mundattu Mangalore
4. Mr.Antony Pallassery Bangady
5. Mrs.Thankamma Mathew Kuzhikandathil Belthangady

JADKAL REGION

1. Rev.Fr.Thomas Mudavanattu Jadkal
2. Rev.Fr.Thomas Parekkattil Mudur
3. Mr.Saji Mukkath Mudur
4. Mr.Joy Kuzhiveli Jadkal
5. Mrs.Tresa Paul Byndoor
KODAGU REGION

1. Rev.Fr.Joseph Karakunnel Heggala
2. Rev.Fr.Thomas Amakkattu Sidhapura
3. Mr.R.M.Mathew Sidhapura,S.Coorg
4. Mr.George Kannathukuzhy Pollibetta
5. Mrs.Annie paul Pollibetta, S.Coorg
KUTRUPADY REGION

1. Rev.Fr.Jose Puthettupadavil Kadaba
2. Rev.Fr.Jose Keechankeriyil Guthigar
3. Mr.Jose Theruvanmoola Noojibalthila
4. Mr.Abraham Arissery Nadugallu
5. Mrs.Mariamma Kelamparambil Guthigar
THOTTATHADY REGION

1. Rev.Fr.James Mukalel Thottathady
2. Rev.Fr.Rocky Menacherry Mundaje
3. Mr.Johny kandathinkara Neria
4. Mr.Sebastian Thiruthanathil Mundaje
5. Mrs.Mary Devasia Puthiyaveettil Neria
UDANE REGION

1. Rev.Fr.George Areekunnel Shirady
2. Rev.Fr.Joseph Vettukattil M.S.F.S Nelliyady
3. George Vellakkada Gundya
4. Mr.Sunny Kunnathel Shirady
5. Mrs.Mary Valiaparambil Guthigar

REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS

(For Men)
C.S.T. Rev.Fr.Cyriac Muzhayananickal , Gerukatte
O.C.D. Rev.Fr.Antony Kunnathuparambil, Laila-Belthangady
C.M.I. Rev.Fr.Romulus , Kakkinje
(for Women)

S.C.V. Sr.Daisy - Manipal
F.C.C. Rev.Sr.Ancy - Belthangady
O.P. Rev.Sr.Lilly - Ashoknagar- Mangalore
M.S.M.I. Rev.Sr.Jissy - Laila - Belthangady
S.A.B.S. Rev.Sr.Annie Kandathinkara
C.M.C Rev.Mary Jose - Dharmasthala
St.Elizabeth, Rev.Sr.Shanthi - Kakkinje D.K.
D.S.H.J Rev.Sr.Tom Grace - Permannur
S.H. Rev.Sr.Rose Pulickal - Belthangady
S.D. Rev.Sr.Anna Maria - Laila
C.F.M.S.S Rev.Sr.Edwarda - Jadkal

REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS ASSOCIATIONS

Catechism Teachers Mr.George Joseph Thottupuram - Vamanjoor, Mangalore
Mathruvedi Mrs.Sheela Sunny Kootumkal - Varsha, Kankanady
Mission League Mr.Joseph George Nedukudiyil - Nellurkemaraje , Sullia
St.Vincent De-Paul Society Mr.P.Rajan Vazhottutharayil - Kunjathbail,Mangalore
ICYM Sabu Joseph Kuriyidath - Gandinagilu

NOMINATED MEMBERS

Rev.Fr.George Kalambukattu - Gonikkopal
Mr.V.G.Joseph B.Com., F.C.A.- Chikkamagalur
Mr.V.T.Joseph Advocate - Belthangady
Sr.Sylvia F.C.C. - Ujire
Prof.K.S.Joseph Kalapura - Mangalore

Address of the Priests in the Diocese of Belthangady in alphabetical order

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