His Excellency the late Mar Sebastian Vayalil the First Bishop of the Diocese of Palai established the Deepanalam Weekly in 1968 inspired by the call of the Council of the Vatican II. He meant it as an organ of the Church to dialogue with the cultural milieu of Kerala as well as the common instrument of communication for the whole Diocese. He was enlightened by the upright status of the socio-political and cultural patrimony of the Christian community of the soil in the ecclesiastical and secular fields of the state. The first bishop correctly identified the value and role of the modern media in bringing the human minds closer to truth and love.
Bishop Vayalil is proudly remembered as the Father and the Heavenly Patron of the Deepanalam enterprises.