Official Website of Bishop Mar Mathew Makil


Mar Mathew Makil was born on 10.4.1851 at Manjoor in Kottayam District. He was appointed Vicar General for the Southists in the Vicariate of Kottayam in 1889. When the Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam and Trichur were re-organized into Trichur, Ernakulam and Changanassery in 1896, he was nominated Titular Bishop of Trallus and appointed Vicar Apostolic of Changanassery. In 1911, a new Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam was constituted exclusively for the Knanaya Catholics and Mar Mathew Makil was transferred to Kottayam as Vicar Apostolic. He died at Kottayam on




Mar Mathew Makil was born on 27th March1851 as the third son of Thomman and Anna Makil puthenpurayil of Manjoor in Kottayam District, Kerala India. His birth turned out to be an important event in the history of the Kerala Church. The family Ayurvedic Physician who was attending to his grandfather,on astrological grounds predicted that the new born was an extra ordinary child, who would attain glorious reverential positions and so was a holy gift to the family. Grandfather was cured and it was attributed to the birth of the youngest grandson Mathew Makil.


The religious fervour and the prayerful atmosphere that existed in the family and the religious life of his parents paved the way for the child to grow as a God loving and pious individual. Standing at the back yard of his house, young Mathai used to imitate loudly thesermons of his parish priest to the blue sky and green paddy fields. He also used to sing Syriac hymns while walking back home from the School.

Virtuous Boy

He always showed a maturity beyond his age and was a role model for others. He was second to none in faith and religious practice. He showed spontaneous respect to the elders and was ready to help others. He had great care and concern for the poor, the suffering and the needy. Often he asked his mother inquisitive questions on divine matters. He was very enthusiastic to recite his regular daily prayers in clear and loud voice.


The parents set an example of their holy life for the son to follow. He started his institutional education at the age of five. Along with formal education he learned the folklore of the Syrian Christian known as ‘Margamkali’ under Asan Kocheppu, who predicted that this extra ordinary disciple would attain higher positions later. He was fast in learning prayers and devotional songs along with his Malayalam and Mathematics.