Welcome To Our Diocese
The diocese of Kottar comprises the four revenue divisions (taluks) of Thovalai, Agasteeswaram (except the parish of Azhagappapuram of Thoothukudi diocese) Kalkulam and Vilavancode (except the eight coastal parishes of Thiruvananthapuram Archdiocese) in the civil district of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari district has a unique position in the ecclesiastical map of India. Five Dioceses (Kottar, Thoothukudi and Thiruvananthapuram of the Latin rite, Thuckalay of Syro-Malabar rite and Marthandam of Syro-Malanakara rite) have their jurisdictions in this small district of 1672 square kilometres area.
St. Francis Xavier
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his licentiate in 1528
Our Concern
Having received the good news through the untiring efforts of the missionaries from Europe, the vibrant Diocese of Kottar has the proclamation of the Gospel as its central concern. All our activities, both at the diocesan and parish level, are geared to deepening the faith-life of the Christians, and sharing the Gospel with the non-Christians, especially through Basic Christian (Ecclesial) Communities in all villages of the Diocese.
Bishop Nazarene Soosai
Pope Francis
Vision & Thrusts
The concern of the local church of Kottar is to get people get beyond a fear-based and conditional experience of God where one tries to prove oneself on the basis of law, virtues and self-righteousness. The focus is rather on getting people experience the joy of the unconditional love of God
Diocesan Data
Catholic Population 2,62,899
Vicariates 6
Parishes 93
Sub-Stations 37
Diocesan Priests 217
Religious Priest 33
Religious Brothers 15
Religious Sisters 470