phone directory

Priests :

Rev. Fr. Anish Mathew
0422 2472633
+91-95858 97622

Assistant Vicar
Rev. Fr. Abraham Alexander
0427 2401413
+91-94890 34494

Rev. Fr. Aby Philip Varghese
+91-95858 97633

Chennai Diocese

History of the Diocese Of Madras

Madras City, hallowed and blessed by the martyrdom of St.Thomas the Apostle, has been the Headquarters of the Madras Diocese belonging to the Orthodox church of India for the last 33 years. From the very inception, this Diocese has made commendable strides in developmental and charitable activities for the welfare of the people in TamilNadu.

Parishes of the Madras Diocese were formerly consisted in the Calcutta Diocese and its first Bishop was late H.G Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius. In 1979, a separate Diocese of Madras was formed and late H.G Zachariah Mar Dionysius took charge as the Metropolitan. After the solemn demise of H.G Zachariah Mar Dionysius in 1997, the Diocese was handed over to H.G Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios. The Diocese celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2004 and launched several charitable and social development programmes. During the last 25 years several new parishes, orphanages, educational institutions, student centres and mission projects were established. Territorial and institutional growth caused the Diocese to be divided into three Madras, Bangalore and Brahmavar Dioceses.

The New Madras Diocese is led by H.G Dr.Yuhanon Mar Diascoros Metropolitan and it consists of Tamil Nadu, Andaman Nicobar islands, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. Even though the Diocese celebrated its Silver Jubilee and received ample recognition for its development, the unexpected division has caused to term the Diocese an infant again. The infant Diocese of Madras needs to have strong vision and planning. Spiritual Leadership and lay support is essential to build up to its desirable stature.

There are several mission projects undertaken by the Diocese like: Home for the differently abled, a Community Centre at Vellore that offers accommodation and guidance for those who visit CMC Hospital for treatment, Mission Centre empowering women and children at Thoothukudi, Centre for Rehabilitating HIV (+ve) patients, a school catering to the needs of the poor and the needy; to name a few.

Website :

Mailing Address :
Bishop's House
Rajeswari Street,

Mehta Nagar,
 Chennai - 600029.
Phone : 044 – 64543128/23742462

Mobile : +91-94474 64090, +91-97910 20730(TN) 

E-mail :

Malankara Orthodox Church
Catholicate Palace, 

Kottayam - 686 038

Tel no : 0481 2570569 2578500 2574323
Email of the office of H. H. The Catholicos : 
Web Manager :
Public Relations Officer :