Companion Diocesan Links have been a means of developing relationships and mutual partnership in mission throughout the dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Communion for many years. The Diocese of Kanyakumari - The Church of South India (United) is seeking a new link and has given information on the diocese below. If your diocese is interested in forming a link with them please respond directly to the Bishop.
To understand more of Anglican Diocesan Links please go to Guidelines for Companion Link Relationships
|Province:||Church of South India|
|Diocese:||The Diocese of Kanyakumari|
|Bishop:||The Rt Revd G Devakadasham|
71a Dennis Street
Nagercoil 629 001
|Telephone:||+91 04652 231539|
|Fax:||+91 04652 226560|
Brief history of Diocese:
When the Church of South India was formed in 1947, Kanyakumari Diocese was part of South Travancore Diocese. In 1959 Kanyakumari Diocese was established and is presently functioning with 257 Presbyters and 294 Church Workers. Located at the Southern tip of India, we are engaged in multi-faceted ministries, viz. Medical, Educational, Charitable,rehabilitation and development with the motto "That they all may be one".
Any previous or existing Links:
Reason for wanting a Link:
Until now, our Diocese has no link with any outside Church. We started as a congregational Church and with the formation of the Church of South India, We accepted episcopacy in the constitutional form. A link with an Anglican Diocese will enable us to know more about episcopacy to strengthen the unity envisaged by the formation of the C.S.I.
What expectations you have of the Link?
The Link would facilitate the exchange of insights of spiritual,cultural, social and contextual nature. The expectation is to develop and enrich the faith community for a wider and global understanding of the current issues. The bonds of fellowship with a different Diocese will encourage sharing possible.
What part of the world you would like your Link to be?
Either with the U.S.A. or Europe.
Describe the style and patterns of church life and ministry in your diocese.
The ministry of the Diocese is governed b y the Ministerial Committee,Church Board, Executive Committee and the Diocesan Council as laid down in the Constitution and Rules. The Bishop is the Chairman of these bodies while the members from the laity and clergy are elected triennially. The ministerial candidates are selected, trained and stationed based on their academic excellence and spiritual calibre.
Would you like your Link diocese to reflect or contrast with the pattern described above?
Yes, to reflect the pattern described above.
Signature of Bishop: Signed Date: 31 August 2004