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



The Knanaya History Congress cultural organization of all Knanites conducted a national seminar on the 90th death anniversary of Mar Makil. Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry who presided the seminar stated that Mar Makil was the most “mis-understood Bishop”. He felt that no other bishop had to face mis under standing to that level suffered all solely to protect Faith. A disciple of Christ has to embrace suffering with good will and pleasure”. Mar Makil lived up to this slogan with high morale and tolerance. He continued, I seek the patronage of Mar makil on many occasions. I also visit the Holy ‘Samadhi’ of Mar Makil and offer prayers before taking important decisions. I am sure the patronage of Mar Makil will always be with us”.

The words of Mar Kunnacherry have already gained momentum and are coming true. Knowing about the patronage of Mar Makil and the blessing received by many through prayers offered, people from far and near visit the tomb of the great soul and seek solace, peace and spiritual satisfaction with good results. There is every reason to believe that this trend will continue.

Favours through his Intercession

People from all walks of life consider him as a saint and have started visiting the tomb of Mar Makil at Edakat Kottayam. He was a silent Martyr of love and peace. Manywho sought his intercession, received favours through his intercession. Several sisters of our congregation and other congregations narrate stories of miraculous healing obtained through his intercession. His picture is exhibited in homes and convents and before it they recite regularly the intercessory prayers.
We, the S.V.M. sisters together with faithful earnestly pray that our founder bishop Mar Makil be canonized as a saint at the earliest. We also repeat his prayer “Thy will be done”.