CSI Diocese Cochin (Former North Kerala Diocese) is one of the twenty-four diocese of the Church of south India (commonly referred to as CSI, successor of the Church of England and other protestant church missions in India). The diocese of North Kerala came into existence with the inauguration of the CSI, comprising of Trichur district of the former Travencore-Cochin Dioceses and the former Malabar Basel Evangelical Mission Church of the SIUC. Area –wise the Diocese was spread over nine Districts-Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Trichur, Ernakulum and a part of Idukki revenue districts consisting of plantation areas of Munnar.
After a long discussion in the Diocese and the Synod level, the CSI North Kerala Diocese was bifurcated into two Dioceses as CSI Cochin Diocese and CSI Malabar Diocese. Cochin Diocese become a diocese on the September 2015 and it remained as the mother diocese. So, this diocese named as CSI Cochin Diocese and it is the former CSI NKD. The former diocesan office of the CSI NKD continues as the Diocesan office of the CSI Cochin Diocese. The present bishop of Cochin Diocese is Rt. Rev. B. N. Fenn, who was the last bishop of CSI NKD before its bifurcation.
The Geographical area of CSI Cochin Diocese of four Districts of Kerala: they are Palakkad, Trichur, Ernakulum, and Munnar area of Idukki Districts. After three years of formation. CSI Immanuel Church was dedicated as the Cathedral on 7th May 2017 by the Most Rev. Thomas K Oomman (Moderator of CSI).
The tradition of Csi Cochin Diocese includes CMS and Basel Mission. We have few historically significant churches like St. Francis CSI Church, Fort Cochi; all saints CSI Church Trichur: St. Pauls CSI Church Kunnamkulam; Holy Trinity CSI Church Palakkad; CSI Christ Church Munnar area an important tourist places in Cochin Diocese. It was very happy moment that Mysore Holy Trinity church added to the Diocese.
The Church of South India (CSI) affirms that the purpose of the union is to fulfill the priestly prayer of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church “That they all may be one, and that the world may believe that you have sent me”. And the Church of South India would become an effective instrument of God’s mission so there will be greater peace, closer fellowship and fuller life in the Church and a renewed commitment for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.
The Church of South India affirms that the Church is the Servant of God to carry on the mission rooted in Jesus Christ based on the Scriptures. The Church through her mission expresses solidarity with the broken communities for a new hope to face the challenges of life. The Cross continuous to be the sign of hope for the witnessing Church, which strives towards Unity, Peace and Reconciliation as a vibrant Channel of God.
Rt. Rev. B. N. Fenn, Bishop, CSI Diocese of Cochin