Prelates From The Archdiocese

Mar Joseph Kariattil(1742-1786)

Archbishop Joseph Kariattil was born at Mangadu (Alangad) on 5 May 1742. The professors of the Seminary at Alangad sent Joseph Kariattil to the Propaganda College, Rome, on 7 April 1755 when he was only 13 years old. He was ordained priest on 25 February 1766. Having taken Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology he returned to his native place on 2 August 1766

On his return, he was appointed professor of the Seminary at Alangad. He took keen interest in the reunion of the schismatics who got separated from the Catholic Church after the Coonen Cross oath at Mattanchery. At the request of the schismatic archbishop Thoma VI (Divannasios I), who had a following of over 30,000 dissidents, Mar Kariattil made the historic journey to Rome on 4 May 1778 together with Paremmakal Thoma Kathanar.

After many years of arduous toils in Rome and Portugal, Dr Kariattil succeeded in convincing the authorities of the real needs of the Malabar Church. He was consecrated bishop at Lisbon on 17 February 1783 and was appointed Archbishop of Cranganore. On his way back to his own flock, he unfortunately met with an unexpected death at Goa on 10 September 1786. He was given a royal burial there. His mortal remains were transferred to Alangad on 11 April 1961. The Second Centenary of his death was celebrated at Alangad on 9 September 1986.

Mar John Menachery (1857-1919) (Former Bishop Of Thrissur)

Dr John Menachery was born at Narakal on 2 July 1857. He was ordained priest in 1893 and was elected Bishop of Parluse and nominated Vicar Apostolic of the Vicariate of Trissur on 11 August 1896. Dr Menachery was consecrated bishop at Kandy on 25 October 1896 by Most Dr Zalesky, the Delegate Apostolic. On 4 November he assumed his office at Trissur. After a glorious period of episcopal ministry Dr Menachery passed away to his eternal reward on 19 December 1919. His mortal remains were interred in the Lourdes Cathedral, Trissur
Mar Jonas Thaliath C.m.i. (1919 -1981) (Former Bishop Of Rajkot)

Bishop Jonas was born on 21 December 1919 at Puthenpally. He had his primary education at Ernakulam and Thiruvanandapuram. He made his religious profession in the Congregation of Mary Immaculate in 1937; and completed his ecclesiastical studies in Kandy and Pune. It was he who founded and designed the present Dharmaram Pontifical Institute, Bangalore where he taught until the Catholic Bishops' Conference of INDIA appointed him its Assistant (later Deputy) Secretary General. The Holy See nominated him the first bishop of the newly created diocese of Rajkot in the State of Gujarat. He was consecrated bishop by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parecattil at Mannanam on 11 May 1977. He passed away to his eternal reward on 7 November 1981 and was buried in the Rajkot Cathedral Church.

Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary(1929 -1994) (Former Bishop Of Thamarassery)

His Excellency Bishop Sebastian Mankuzhikary was born at Thannirmukkom, near Cherthala, on 2 March 1929. He did his ecclesiastical studies at St Joseph's Apostolic Seminary Alwaye, and was ordained priest on 12 March 1955. After working for some time as Assistant Parish Priest at the St Mary's Cathedral, Ernakulam, he resumed his studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, from where he took a Doctorate in Philosophy, with distinction. On his return, he was appointed professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye; He was nominated Bishop Auxiliary to archbishop Joseph Cardinal Parecattil, on 15 November 1969. He was consecrated bishop on 6 January 1970 at Ernakulam. He took charge as the Vicar General of the archdiocese on 7 February 1970, which post he held until 1 April 1984 when he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese following the resignation of His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parecattil. On 28 April 1986, he was nominated bishop of Thamarassery and he assumed charge of the new diocese on 3 July 1986. He passed away on 11 June 1994 and was buried in the pro-cathedral at Thiruvampady on 13 June 1994.


Mar Januarius Palathuruthy C.M.I. (1913 -1995) (Former Bishop of Chanda)

Bishop Januarius was born at Konthuruthy, Ernakulam on 20 March 1913. He joined the Congregation of Mary Immaculate in 1934 and did his priestly studies at St Joseph's Seminary, Mangalore. He was ordained priest in 1942. He graduated at S.H. College, Thevara, took Ph. D. from Rome, taught Philosophy at Chethipuzha and Dharmaram until the Chanda Mission was formed in 1962. He was nominated its first Exarch in 1968. On 3 May 1977 he was consecrated bishop for the diocese of Chanda. He died on 28 March 1995 and was buried at Chanda.


Mar Abraham Kattumana (1944 -1995) (Former Titular Archbishop of Cebarades)

Archbishop Abraham Kattumana was born on 21 January 1944, at Thottakam near Vaikom. After S.S.L.C. he joined the S.H. minor seminary of the archdiocese on 13 June 1960. He began his philosophical studies in St Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Carmelgiri. After three months he was sent to Rome. From 1962 to 1969 he studied in the Pontifical Urban University of 'Propaganda de Fide' and took Masters Degree in Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained priest in ‘Propaganda de Fide’ College, Rome on 3 May 1969 by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Parecattil. Later he joined the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He obtained doctorate in canon law and finished the studies in the academy in 1973 and entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on 15 April 1973. He served in the Nunciatures in Indonesia, Uruguay, Iraq, Newzeeland and Great Britain. He was appointed counsellor of the Nunciature in 1986. He was nominated Apostolic Pronuncio to Ghana, Benin and Togo on 8 May 1991 and was consecrated Archbishop by His Emce. Antony Cardinal Padiyara on 3 August 1991 in St Mary's Basilica, Ernakulam. He is the first Apostolic Pronuncio from Syro-Malabar Church. He was appointed Pontifical Delegate to the Major Archiepiscopal Church of Ernakulam- Angamaly on 16 December 1992. He convened the Synod, finalized its statutes, codified the particular laws and established other canonical structures. While on a visit to Rome he died due to cardiac arrest on 4 April 1995. His body was brought to Ernakulam and buried in the Cathedral Basilica on 7 April 1995.


Mar Gratian Mundadan C.M.I. (1933- ) (Bishop of Bijnor)

Bishop Gratian was born at Alangad, Ernakulam, on 15 September 1933. He took his Honours Degree in Mathematics from the University of Madras. He made his religious profession in the Congregation of Mary Immaculate in 1958. He underwent priestly training at Dharmaram, Bangalore and was ordained Priest in 1964. He was for a long time the Director of the Kerala Catholic Students' League. When the Exarchate of Bijnor was formed in 1972, he was nominated its first Exarch, and was consecrated bishop by His Emce. Joseph Cardinal Parecattil at Rajagiri, Kalamasery on 6 November 1977.


Mar Dominic Kokkat C.S.T. (1932- ) (Bishop of Gorakhpur)

Bishop Dominic Kokkat was born at Vaikom, on 23 February 1932. He joined the Congregation of St Therese and made his religious profession on 18 May 1953. He did his studies at Kandy and Pune and was ordained priest on 4 October 1960. In addition to his ecclesiastical degree, he has secured a diploma in social development from Canada.

After his ordination he worked for six years as professor of Philosophy at the Little Flower Seminary, Alwaye and as Vocation Promoter of the Congregation. From 1972 to 1978 he was the Mission Superior of Little Flower Mission Jalandhar, Punjab. He was Assistant Superior General and Mission Secretary of the Little Flower Congregation till he was consecrated Bishop of Gorakhpur on 4 October 1984.


Mar Jacob Manathodath (1947- ) (Bishop of Palakkad)

Jacob Manathodath was born on 22 February 1947 at Kodamthuruth as the eldest son of Kurian and Kathreena. He has one brother and five sisters. Jacob did his preliminary studies in the L.P. School, Kodamthuruth and in the E.C.E.K.Union High School Kuthiathode. After S.S.L.C. he joined the Sacred Heart Petit Seminary, Ernakulam. Two years later he was sent to the Papal Seminary, Pune. Jacob took Licentiate in philosophy and Master's degree in theology from the Jnana Deep Vidyapith, Pune. He was ordained priest on 4 November 1972 in his own parish church at Valamangalam by Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary.

Fr Jacob was first appointed as assistant vicar at St Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam. In 1975 he was made private secretary to the late Cardinal Joseph Parecattil. In 1979 he was sent to Rome for higher studies. He secured the degree of Doctor 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 Promoter of Justice and Defender of Bond at the Archdiocesan Tribunal.

In 1986 he was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese. In 1989 he became the parish priest of St Thomas Church, Chempu.

In 1990 Fr Jacob was appointed 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.

Fr Jacob was nominated titular bishop of Abydus and bishop auxiliary on 6 September 1992. He was ordained bishop on 28 November 1992. On 18th December 1996 he was appointed Bishop of Palakkad by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. On 1st February 1997 he took charge of the diocese of Palakkad.


Bishop Paul Maipan (1944 - ) (Bishop of Khammam)

Bishop Paul Maipan was born of Davassy and Annam Maipan on 4th February 1944 at Manickamangalam, Kalady in Ernakulam District. After his school education at St Augustine’s U.P. School, Thuravoor and N.S.S. H.S. Manickamangalam, young Paul Maipan had his seminary formation for two years in the minor seminary Ettumannoor, Kottayam and for six years in the Major Seminary Hyderabad. He was ordained priest on January 9th 1971 at Manickamangalam church for the diocese of Visaghapattanam. On 22nd August 1997 he was consecrated bishop of Khammam diocese by Rt. Dr. Mariadas Bishop of Visaghapattanam.


Archbishop Joseph Chennoth: (1943- ) (Nuncio)

Archbishop Joseph Chennoth was born as the seventh child of Joseph and Mariam on 13th October 1943 at Kokkamangalam. His family belongs to the Parish St Thomas Church Kokkamangalam one of the seven churches founded by St Thomas, the Apostle.Joseph did his preliminary studies in St Antony’s Primary School and Govt. Boys School Cherthala. Later he joined S.H. Minor Seminary of the archdiocese of Ernakulam. He began his philosophical studies at St Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Aluva in 1962. After a year in 1963 he was sent to Rome to continue his Philosophical and Theological studies in Urban University. He was ordained priest on May 4, 1969 in Austria.

Fr Joseph Chennoth returned to Kerala in 1969 and served the Archdiocese of Ernakulam as assistant parish priest in the parishes of Koratty, Kottamam, and Basilica respectively. He obtained Masters degree in Arts from Baroda University and had been secretary to late Cardinal Joseph Parecattil for a short period. Fr Joseph earned a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Urban University and joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1973. He served in the Nunciatures of Turkey, Iran, and Cameroon. He was appointed secretary to states of Africa and was given a special privilege of ‘Prelate of Honor’ by Holy See in honour of his service to the Church in Belgium, Listburg and Spain. He also worked as a councillor to the Nunciatures of Andaman, Norway, and Sweden. He was given a special assignment in the Nunciature of Taiwan in 1997. Msgr Joseph Chennoth was nominated as titular Archbishop of the Milevi in 1999 and was consecrated by His Holiness John Paul II on 30th October 1999 at St Peters Basilica Rome. At Present His Grace works as Nuncio to Tanzania (Africa).

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