KOCHI: The Church of South India (CSI) has redrawn borders of its existing dioceses to form three new dioceses in Kerala. Malabar diocese headquartered in Kozhikode, the Kochi diocese headquartered in Thrissur and the Kollam- Kottarakkara diocese headquartered in Kollam are the newly formed dioceses.
The new diocese was announced after a special conference of the Church synod which concluded in Chennai. The task of redrawing the borders was carried out by a committee led by CSI Church deputy moderator bishop Thomas K Oommen. The North Kerala diocese was bifurcated to form Malabar diocese while the Kollam-Kottarakkara diocese as formed by bifurcating South Kerala diocese.
The Malabar diocese comprises Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and a part of Palakkad district and Church in Goa. The Kochi diocese comprises Ernakulam, Thrissur districts, parts of Idukki and Palakkad districts and Mysore Church. Parishes in Attingal, Vembayam, Chenkulam, Kundara, Kottarakkara, Manjakkala, Punaloor and Airanallur regions spread in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts will be under Kollam- Kottarakkara diocese. Properties, establishments and other institutions under the Church will also be brought under the respective dioceses.