Catholic Diocese of Bathery
The Catholic Diocese of Bathery is an Eparchy of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church in Sulthan Bathery, in Kerala, India. The Catholic Diocese of Bathery was established in 1978 by Pope John Paul II and was formally inaugurated on 2nd Feb.1979. The eparchy comprises the districts of Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu State, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasargod districts of Kerala state. The diocesan headquarters is situated in Sulthan Bathery in the district of Wayanad in Kerala.
His excellency Dr.Jopseph Mar Thomas, the current Bishop of Bathery was appointed as the third bishop of the eparchy of Bathery and enthroned on 13th April 2010.
The Syro Malankara Catholic Church sponsors a large number of educational institutions in and outside Kerala, under the Malnkara Catholic Educational Society. The society manages various ecclesiastical, charitable and educational institutions. Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, Mar Beselios College of Engineering, Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Pazhassi Raja College, Bathery are some of the great colleges which come under it.
The mother is also one of the Malankara Catholic School administered by the Metropolitan Bishop of Bathery, in accordance with the rights of the minority community guaranteed in the constitution of India.