Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum has its headquarters and the major function in the area called Thiruvananthapuram or Trivnadrum. It is the capital city of Kerala, the southernmost state in India. As far as the boundary is concerned, the Archdiocese is bounded on the north by the Diocese of Quilon, on the east by the Neyyatinkara Diocese, on the west by the Arabian Sea and on the south by the Diocese of Kottar. At present, the Archdiocese of Trivandrum spreads over a total area of 686 sq.kms contained in the civil division named revenue taluks of Chirayinkil and Trivandrum together with the erstwhile Padroado region of Neyyattinkara Taluk in the State of Kerala and a small portion of 8 coastal parishes in the District of Kanyakumari in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
ARCHDIOCESE OF TRIVANDRUM AT A GLANCE
Erected on : 1st July 1937
Annexation of Padroado Region : 1952
Erection of Neyyatinkara diocese : 1996
Elevated as Archdiocese : 3rd June 2004
Total Area : About 686 sq. km (264 Square Miles)
Language Spoken : Malayalam. Some use Tamil and English
Total Population in the area : 22,14,516
Diocesan Catholics : 2, 66,854
Patron : St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Archdiocesan Day : October 1
Cathedral Parish : St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Palayam
Community Day : First Sunday of December
Foranes/ Vicariates : 9
Parishes : 93
Quasi Parishes : 24
Mass Centers : 34
Diocesan Priests : 171
Religious Priests : 150
Religious Men Houses : 26
Religious Brothers : 07
Religious Women : 708
Religious Women Houses : 101
Major Seminarians : 63
Minor seminarians : 53
1st July 1937 the first ever diocese in India, quilon was bifurcated to erect the Latin Diocese of Trivandrum (Trivandrensis Latinorum) through the Bull 'In Ora Malabarica' of Pope Pius XI. Bishop Vincent Victor Dereere, OCD was appointed as the First Bishop of Trivandrum.
1952- The fifth district of Cochin Diocese, from Pallithura to Eraiyumanthurai was anneed temporarily and on 20th May 1955 permanently to the Trivandrum Diocese.
5th May 1955- Fr. Peter Bernard Pereira was appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum.
1958- St. Vincent's Minor Seminary
1960- Trivandrum Social Service Society (TSSS)
1960s- Marianad Project (Programme for Communiy Organization)
4th July 1961- Bishop Peter Bernard Pereira was appointed as the Coadjutor Bishop of Trivandrum.
1962- Vikram Sarabai Space Centre
1964- Msgr. Johny Fernandez, Administrator as both the Bishops Vincent Dereere and Peter B. Pereira were attending the Vatican II
1st Oct 1966- Bishop Peter Bernard Pereira became the Second Bishop of Trivandrum.
1974- Boys Town and Press
8th May 1978 - Msgr. Louis Roche, Administrator on the hospitalization of Bishop Pereira.
14th June 1978- Msgr. Mark Netto was elected as the Adminstrator which got elevated to Vicar Capitular.
7th October 1979- Fr. Benedict Jacob Acharuparambil O.F.M. Cap. became the third bishop of Trivandrum.
1981- Bishop Periera Hall, Nandavanam
1987- Golden Jubilee for the Diocese and Kottar Living Together followed by Renewal Programs.
1987- Jubilee Memorial Hospital (as a Community Health Centre)
1989- Jubilee Memorial Animation Centre, Vellayambalam
2nd February 1989- Fr. Maria Callist Soosa Pakiam was made the Coadjutor Bishop and Apostolic Administrator and on 31st January 1990 appointed bishop and the renewal takes the form of Participatory Church.
1990- Basic Christian Communities
1990- Vishwa Prakash Central School, Mangattukadavu
1995- Divys Shanthi Ashram, Vettucaud
1996- Bishop Jacob Memorial Catholic Centre
14th June 1996- Trivandrum diocese bifurcated to erect Neyattinkara diocese.
1999- Little Flower Nursing School (Para Medical College-2011 Nursing College)
2000- Christu Jayanthi Jubilee Memorial Animation Cenre, Kovalam
2000- Nuh Mission
2001- Marian Engineering College, Kazhakuttom
2002- St. Jacob's Teacher Training College (B.Ed.), Kazhakuttom
2003- Centre of Excellence
17th June 2004- Trivandrum elevated an Archdiocese with Quilon, Alleppey, Punalur and Neyyattinkara as its suffragan dioceses. Bishop Soosapakiam became the Archbishop.
8th to 15th November2006- Asian Integral Pastoral Approach Assembly in the diocese.
8th December 2008- Handmaids of Hope, Diocesan Women Religious Congregation
2012- Platinum Jubilee of the diocese.
2015- Little Flower Football Academy (LiFFA)
2016- Marian College of Arts and Science, Kazhakuttom
2nd February 2016- Fr. Christudas Rajappan was appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum.
2nd February 2022- Fr. Thomas J. Netto was appointed as the second Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum. (Fifth Bishop)
The principal lay Associations are:
Confraternities(Combria Sabha), Legion of Mary, Charismatic Movement, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM), LCYM, Jesus Youth, Kerala Latin Catholic Association (KLCA), KLCWA, Dalith Catholic Maha Sabha (DCMS), Cherupushpam, Mission League, Sodality, Little Way Association, Carmelite Third Order, Different forums of Advocates, Doctors, Officers, labourers, Migrants, Fishermen, Fish vending Women