St. Thomas Forane Church at Mylacombu

St. Thomas Forane Church at Mylakomb, well-known as ‘The mother church of the east’ since ancient days, was established in 600 A.D. The church is situated in Kumaramangalam Panchayath in Thodupuzha Taluk in Idukki District. There is a strong tradition that St. Thomas the Apostle passed through Mylakomb on his journey to Tamil Nadu and that the saint used to pray on Mount ‘Maniyanthram’ situated near Mylakomb. All the ancient parishes in the Tehzils of Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha, Kunnathunadu and Kothamangalam had been erected after bifurcating this parish. Once all the Christians of “Kizhmalanadu’ belonged to Mylakomb Parish.

Of the 662 families with 2637 members in this parish, the majority families have been permanently residing here for years and they are economically well off. As Mylakomb is near Thodupuzha Town, many people have settled here temporarily for job purpose. The parishners actively participate in the spiritual and material matters of the parish.

Pious organizations like Vincent De Paul Society, Mathrudeepthi, Yuvadeepthi, Marian Sodality, Mission League, Thirubalasakhyam, Prayer Group, etc. function actively and fruitfully in the parish.

There are M.Ed. and B.Ed. Colleges, a Higher Secondary School, a High School, an Upper Primary School, a Lower Primary School and a Nursery School under the management of the parish. The first house of the Sacred Heart Congregation of sisters in the diocese of Kothamangalam was established in the parish on 24 June 1938. Now there are 4 houses of the S.H. Sisters, a Mental hospital (C.S.H. Mental Hospital, Pynkulam), an orphanage and a Ladies’ hostel functioning in the parish under the management of the sisters.

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