Thursday, September 21, 2017

St. Thomas Forane Church, Thoothoor, Kanyakumari

St. Thomas Forane Church, Thoothoor, Kanyakumari
St Thomas Forane Church is located at Thoothoor Village in Vilavancode Taluk in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. The Catholic Church plays a conspicuous role in the day-to-day life of the fishermen of Thoothoor village. The conversion of the Hindu fishermen of this village may be traced back to A.D. 1544. The event cumulated in the works of St. Francis Xavier, who is said to have converted 10,000 Mukkuva fishermen living in thirteen villages along the coast (from Pallam to Poovar - Neerody, Marthandanthurai, Vallavilai, Eraviputhenthurai, Thoothoor, Poothurai, Thengapattanam, Enayam, Midalam, Vaniyakudy, Colachel, Kadiapattanam, Muttom and Pallam) in December 1544.

Immediately after this conversion, Hindu temples and idols which had been built earlier were removed and replaced with a cross and thatches for worship. In due course, they were converted into churches. In 1600, the Thoothoor Parish Church was brought under the Padroado. Subsequently, this Parish came under the Diocese of Cochin. In 1838, St. Thomas Church, Thoothoor and other adjacent coastal Churches from Pallithura to Erayumanthurai were brought under the Diocese of Varapuzha. This unification brought the Padroado–Propaganda dispute to a crucial stage. Ultimately St. Thomas Church, Thoothoor was brought under the Diocese of Cochin with its revival in 1850.

The Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram was founded on 1 July 1937. But only in 1952 were all the coastal Churches from Pallithura to Erayumanthurai added to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram Diocese. Thus, at present Thoothoor Parish Church is one of the Foranate Churches of Trivandrum Diocese. Thoothoor is a coastal village is situated on the Arabian Sea coast. It is the headquarters of Thoothoor panchayat, consisting of five villages, namely Thoothoor, Chinnathurai, Eraviputhenthurai, Poothurai and Erayumanthurai. These five villages together are commonly just called Thoothooor. Thoothoor is geographically located in Vilavancode Taluk, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu. Thoothoor Forane Church was built by foreigners in about 1600.

St. Thomas Forane Church,
Thoothoor, Vilavancode Taluk,
Kanyakumari – 626 176
Phone: +91 954651 / 240640
Christ Bhavan Retreat Centre is located at about 1 Km from Thoothoor Bus Stand. Thoothoor is located at about 15 Kms from Marthandam, 14 Kms from Vilavancode, 22 Kms from Colachel, 20 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 37 Kms from Nagercoil, 60 Kms from Kanyakumari, 13 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 25 Kms from Eraniel and 46 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuzhithurai and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.

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