Apostolic Administrator of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Mar Jacob Manathodath
Mar Jacob Manathodath was born on 22nd February 1947 at Kodamthuruth, Palakkad as the eldest son of Kurian and Kathreena. He has one brother and five sisters. Jacob had his primary education in the L.P. School Kodamthuruth and High School studies in the E.C. E.K. Union High School, Kuthiathode. After S.S.L.C. he joined the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Ernakulam. Two years later he was sent to the Papal Seminary, Pune, where he took Licentiate in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in Theology.
He was ordained priest on 4th November 1972.In 1975 he was made private secretary to the late Cardinal Joseph Parecattil. In 1979 Fr. Jacob was sent to Rome for higher studies. He secured the degree of Doctorate of Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome.
After his return from Rome in 1984, Fr. Jacob was appointed Archdiocesan Secretary and also Pro Vicar of St. Antony’s Church, Elamakkara. In 1985 he was made Secretary to Cardinal Antony Padiyara and Promotoer of Justice and Defender of Bond at the Archdiocesan Tribunal. In 1986 he was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese. In 1989 he became parish priest of St.Thomas Church, Chempu.
In 1990 Fr. Jacob was appointed as Professor at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Aluva. Besides Latin and English he knows German, Italian and French. He served the archdiocese in various capacities such as eparchial consultor, executive secretary of Save A Family Plan and the editor of ‘Ernakulam Missam’. ‘Culture, Dialogue and the Church’ is a book authored by him.
On 6th September 1992 he was nominated titular bishop of Abydus and Bishop Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. He was ordained Bishop on 28th November 1992 and appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam.
His Holiness Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Palghat on 11th November 1996. He took Canonical possession of the Eparchy on February1, 1997.
His Holiness Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Administrator of Ernakulam-Angamaly on 23rd June 2018.
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