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The Bishop, Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Tuticorin welcome you. The Diocese of Tuticorin is situated in South East of Tamil Nadu State, in South India. The main language spoken by our people is Tamil.
The diocese of Tuticorin is comprised of the major part of the Tuticorin district, nearly half of the Nellai district and a small portion of the Kanyakumari district. The Catholics of this area trace their origin to the time of St. Francis Xavier who spent most of his missionary life in this area. Bifurcated from the diocese of Tiruchirapalli, Tuticorin was erected as a new diocese and entrusted to the diocesan clergy on 12th June, 1923 by the Apostolic Brief "Quae Catholico Nomini" of Pope Pius XI.
Rt. Rev. Francis Tiburtius Roche S.J., was consecrated as the first Bishop of "THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF TUTICORIN" on 23rd September 1923. He was also the first Indian Bishop of the Latin Rite. At that time the new diocese had 18 parishes and 23 diocesan priests. St. Francis Xavier and St. Teresa of Child Jesus are the partons of our diocese. The diocese spreads around 6440 Sq. Kms in 3 civil districts and render service to approximately 4,28, 462 Cathoilcs in 118 + 1(quasi) parishes. You may see more details in the history page. We wish you a great time browsing this site and have a nice day.
Updated : June 17th 2022.