Milestones in the History of the Diocese of Quilon
AD 52 St. Thomas, the Apostle established the church in Quilon (Kollam)
AD 343 Migration of Christians from Persia to Quilon (Kollam)
AD 823 Mar Sapor & Mar Prot, bishops from Persia , minister in Quilon (Kollam)
AD 825 Establishment of “ThareesaPalli “
AD 849 Christians of Quilon (Kollam) bestowed with special privileges by “Ayyanadikal”, the King of Quilon (Kollam)
AD 1291 Visit of John De Monte Corvino
AD 1292 Visit of Marco Polo
AD 1300 Arrival of Franciscan & Dominican Missionaries
AD 1329 Jordanus Catalani De Severac ministers in Quilon (Kollam)
AD 1329 Quilon (Kollam) erected as suffragan Diocese of Sultania by Pope John XXII
AD 1329 QUILON (Kollam ) , the First Diocese in India , August 9th , 1329 Jordanus Catalani appointed as the First Bishop of Quilon (Kollam)
AD 1336 Jordanus Catalani was martyred at Thane , near Bombay
AD 1348 His Grace John De Marignoli, the Papal Legate, ministers in Quilon (Kollam ) for 16 months
AD 1503 Portuguese Missionaries arrive in Quilon (Kollam )
AD 1509 St. Thomas Fort built in Tangasseri
AD 1523 Mar Abuna Jacob introduces his faithful to Portuguese Emperor as Quilon (Kollam) Christians.
AD 1533 Quilon (Kollam ) is part of the Diocese of Goa.
AD 1544 St. Francis Xavier ministers in Quilon (Kollam ) coast.
AD 1549 St. Francis Xavier ministers in Quilon (Kollam ) coast. Establishment of San Salvador College in Tangasseri.
AD 1557 Quilon (Kollam ) is part of Cochin, a suffragan Diocese of Goa
AD 1576 Printing press set up at Tangasseri. “Doctrina Christina en Lingua Malabar Tamil” the first Indian language book printed.
AD 1614 Infant Jesus Church built
AD 1653 Great Schism in Kerala; Christians of Quilon (Kollam) remain loyal to the Holy See.
AD 1661 Dutch take over Quilon (Kollam) from Portuguese ; destruction of churches in Tangasseri
AD 1808 Persecution of Christians in Quilon (Kollam)
AD 1838 Establishment of Malabar Vicariate – Verapoly - Quilon (Kollam) placed under the Vicariate
AD 1845 Restoration of Quilon (Kollam ) Vicariate
AD 1886 Quilon (Kollam) re-erected as an Episcopal See and as suffragan to Verapoly
AD 1930 Erection of Kottar Diocese from Quilon (Kollam) Reunion of Jacobite Christians and first Holy Mass in Syro – Malankara Rite (Celebrated in Bishop’s House Chapel )
AD 1937 Most Rev. Jerome M. Fernandez, the first indigenous Bishop of Quilon (Kollam).
AD 1937 Erection of Trivandrum Diocese from Quilon (Kollam)
AD 1986 Erection of Punalur Diocese from Quilon
AD 1995 Promulgation of Pastoral Guidelines
AD 2000 Great Jubilee Year
AD 2000 Most Rev. Dr. Joseph G. Fernandez, Bishop of Quilon, laid the foundation stone for the New cathedral Church
AD 2003 Live –in together of the Presbyterium to evaluate the present pastoral policies & strategies, to examine the challenges before the church in our times & to explore new expressions of faith.
AD 2005 Blessing of New Cathedral Church by Most Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman , Bishop of Quilon
AD 2010 Vision 2020 begins