Calicut Diocese

The diocese is named after Calicut (Kozhikode), the most important coastal city of Malabar, the northern region of the state of Kerala, India. Calicut was the traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri (Zamorin) rule and a leading trading centre for spices on the West da Coast of India during the medieval period. Vasco de Gama who landed at Calicut (Kappad – 16 KM away from the city) in 1498, was the first European to reach India by the sea route around the southern cape of Africa. There was with him Rev. Fr Pedro de Covilham, a member of the Trinitarian Religious Order. While Vasco de Gama was settling trade transactions with the Zamorin Raja of Calicut, Rev. Covilham did the missionary work. There began the presence of the Catholic Church in Malabar. Calicut is also blessed by the visit of St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary of India and the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Calicut, on 2 March 1549. Therefore, the Catholic Church in Malabar has a long history of about 500 years, though the Diocese of Calicut, the first diocese in Malabar, was established only in 1923. Through the intercession of St Francis Xavier, Calicut Diocese has grown steadily over the past years. The North Kerala Diocese of Calicut is spread in four districts of Malabar, namely, Palakkad, Malappuram, Calicut and Wayanad. Mahe, part of the Union Territory, of Puducherry also is a part of the Diocese.

Lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture, peaceful co-existence of people of different faiths and a warm, friendly ambience make Calicut Diocese unique. The Diocese of Calicut is also blessed with the gifted leadership of the Bishop, The most Rev. Fr. Dr. Varghese Chakkalakal dedicated service of the priests, the religious, and the deep-rooted faith life of the laity.