Updated on: 09-Aug-2017
Erection of the new Eparchy of Parassala and Appointment of New Bishops for Syro-Malankara Church.

Ref: CBCI-Gen/Cir-11/2017                                                                            7th August, 2017

 

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE HIERARCHY

 

Your Eminences, Graces, Excellencies,

 

In continuation of our communication on 5th August, 2017, regarding the following provisions that have been made for the Syro-Malankara Church, we are now providing you a brief biodata of the Bishops and Statistical Data on the Eparchy of Parassala:

 

  1. Erection of the Eparchy of Parassala and election of its first Bishop, His Lordship the Right Reverend Thomas Mar Eusebios Naickamparambil;

  2. Appointment of His Lordship the Right Reverend Philipose Mar Stephanos Thottathil as Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace in the United States and Canada;

  3. Election of Reverend Father George Kalayil as Bishop of the Eparchy of Puttur;

  4. Election of Reverend Father John Kuchuthundil as Curia Bishop and Apostolic Visitator to Europe and Oceania, to whom has been assigned the Titular See of Tuburbo Maggiore.

 

1. H. E. Msgr. Thomas Mar Eusebios Naickamparambil

(Bishop of Parassala of the Syro-Malankara)

 

H. E. Msgr. Thomas Mar Eusebios Naickamparambil was born in Mylapra, in the Archieparchy of Trivandrum, on 6th June, 1961, and was ordained a Priest on 29th December, 1986. After his studies in Philosophy and Theology at Jnanadeepa in Poona, he obtained a doctorate in Philosophy in Rome. He speaks Malayalam, English, German, Italian and Hindi and also knows Syriac, Greek and French.

 

Since his ordination he has held the following offices: Assistant Parish Priest and Parish Priest in various communities, Professor and then Dean of Philosophy at the Saint Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary, Secretary General of the Major Archbishopric of the Syro-Malankara Church, Public Relations Officer, Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Secretary of the Permanent Council, Director of the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, a school in Trivandrum, and Bursar of the Mar Baselios Engineering College.

 

On 14th July, 2010, Msgr. Naickamparambil was appointed as Titular Bishop of Lares and first exarch for Syro-Malankara faithful resident in the United States. At the same time, he was entrusted with the role of Apostolic Visitator for the Syro-Malankara faithful resident in Canada and in Europe, a role that ended with his appointment as Eparchial Bishop of Saint Mary Queen of Peace.

 

2. H. E. Msgr. Philipose Mar Stephanos Thottathil

 

Born on 9th Mary, 1952, in Ranni, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, H. E. Msgr. Thottathil completed his institutional studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Papal Seminary of Pune and was ordained a Priest on 27th April, 1979. After serving in several parishes he obtained a doctorate in Moral Theology at the Alphonsianum Academy, Rome.

 

He has since held the following offices: Vice Rector of the Minor Seminary; Head of the Mission in Delhi; Director of the hospital of Pushpagiri; Professor of Moral Theology; Dean of Theology and Rector of St. Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary; and Bursar and Protosyncellus of Tiruvalla (2003-2005). He was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Tiruvalla on 13th March, 2010, and assigned the titular see of Sozopoli di Emimonto.

 

3. H.E. Msgr. George Kalayil
(Bishop of Puttur of the Syro Malankara)

 

H. E. Msgr. George Kalayil was born on 16th July, 1958, in Renjalady, in the State of Karnataka. After attending the Minor Seminary, he studied Philosophy at Saint Joseph’s; Mangalore, and Theology at the Papal Seminary of Pune. He holds a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

 

He was ordained a Priest on 1st May, 1986, and has exercised his pastoral ministry in more than ten dioceses. In addition, he has served as Secretary to the Bishop; Director of Saint Joseph’s School, Bathery; Rector of Major Seminary, Trivandrum and Vicar General of the Diocese of Puttur. Since 2010 he has served as Protosyncellus of the Eparchy of Puttur.

 

4. H. E. Msgr. John Kochuthundil   
(Bishop of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malankara Church)

 

H. E. Msgr. John Kochuthundil was born on 8th April, 1959, in Puthusseribhagon, Kerala. After attending the Minor Seminary in Trivandrum, he completed his Philosophy and Theology at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Aluva, and was ordained a Priest on 22nd December, 1985. He holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Oriental Canon Law from Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome and a Diploma in Priestly Formation from Sophia, Thailand.

 

He served as the Secretary to the Archbishop of Trivandrum; Notary of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal; Judge cum Defender of Bond (Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal Yew York, USA); Rector of St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, Trivandrum; Chancellor of Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum; Vice-Chancellor of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Trivandrum; President of the Ordinary Tribunal of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church; Member of Canon Law Association of India (CLAI); Rector of St. Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary, Trivandrum; Member cum Coordinator of Core Team of CBCI; Vicar General and Chancellor of Diocese of Gurgaon & Vicar General and Chancellor of Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum.

 

Statistical data on the Eparchy of Parassala

 

The Eparchy of Parassala is formed from the division of the southern part of the Archieparchy of Trivandrum, in the south of Kerala, or rather the presbyteral districts of Parassala, Kattakada and a large part of Neyyatinkara. In the territory there are 30,750 Syro-Malankara faithful. There are another 220,000 Christians in the area, of a total population of 952,500 people.

 

The pastoral care of the Syro-Malankara faithful is entrusted to 22 eparchial Priests in 95 parishes. They are served also by a number of men and women religious, especially Priests of the Order of the Imitation of ChristFranciscan BrothersDaughters of MarySisters of Imitation of Christ, and Sacred Heart Sisters. The Syro-Malankara Church manages more than fifty educational institutions, including a college and ten high schools.

 

We wish the New Bishops all God's blessings and assure them and the Syro-Malankara Church of our prayers,

 

Yours Sincerely in Our Lord,

 

 

                                                                 

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX

Secretary General, CBCI

 

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07-May-2013Veteran Missionary Dies
06-May-2013Divine Word Parish attacked in Tanzania
06-May-2013Court Allows Demolition of Church
06-May-2013Violence in Dhaka: Archbishop Appeals for Peace
06-May-2013Cardinal urged to Appeal Against Death Penalty of Veerappan Aides
06-May-2013CRI gets New National Secretary
02-May-2013Vatican Message to Buddhists for Feast of Vesakh
02-May-2013500 Men to Be Ordained Priests in US in 2013
02-May-2013Proclaiming Christ Called a Necessary Part of Interreligious Dialogue
02-May-2013Pope Francis Welcomes Benedict XVI Back to Vatican
30-Apr-2013Pope appeals for workplace safety following factory collapse in Bangladesh
25-Apr-2013Pope Celebrates His Saint's Day With Cardinals And Notes That The Church Advances Between Cross And
25-Apr-2013Goa Catholics oppose Sun Worship
25-Apr-2013US Catholics to Support Church's Work in Media
25-Apr-2013The Liberation of Two Orthodox Bishops: Between Hope and Reality
25-Apr-2013Pope Appeals for End of Violence in Syria
25-Apr-2013Pope Francis to Attend Upcoming Year of Faith Events
25-Apr-2013Musicians Follow Call to New Evangelization
23-Apr-2013Gunmen Free Two Kidnapped Archbishops In Syria
23-Apr-2013Pope Francis Celebrates Feast of St. George Mass
23-Apr-2013Catholic Nun receives Mother Teresa Memorial Award
23-Apr-2013UN Nuncio Speaks At Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
23-Apr-2013Christian Activists In North East India Demand Ethics In Economic Development
23-Apr-2013Women Committed for Life for the Proclamation of the Word
23-Apr-2013Be Pastors Not Functionaries, Pope Says To New Priests
20-Apr-2013Press Release: Murder of Rector Fr. K J Thomas, Banaglore
20-Apr-2013Vatican Spokesman Named Communicator of the Year
18-Apr-2013Catholic priest to donate kidney to Muslim man
18-Apr-2013World Youth Day '13 Is Less Than 100 Days Away
18-Apr-2013Bishop Peter M. Chenaparambil Dies
17-Apr-2013Caritas Lebanon Asks for Help With Syrian Refugees
17-Apr-2013Pope Francis Prays for Earthquake Victims
17-Apr-2013Press Release: Pacem in Terris – an Incessant Appeal for Peace on Earth
16-Apr-2013In The World There Are Between 5 and 8 Million Child Workers
16-Apr-2013Pope Sends Condolence Telegram to Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing
16-Apr-2013International Family Centre in Nazareth
15-Apr-2013Pope Remembers Persecuted Christians at the Regina Coeli
15-Apr-2013 Inconsistency of Pastors and Faithful Undermines Church’s Credibility
15-Apr-2013CBCI President Cardinal Gracias in Papal Advisory Team
13-Apr-2013New Bishop Appointed For Warangal Diocese
09-Apr-2013Taking Possession of Cathedra as Bishop of Rome, Pope Speaks Of God's Patience
07-Apr-2013UNIV 2013 Indian university students: Meeting Pope Francis
05-Apr-2013Press Statement: Condolences to the victims of the collapsed building at Thane
04-Apr-2013North East India Bishops reiterate Pope Francis’ Stand on Poor
04-Apr-2013Spanish bishops issue video to promote religious education in schools
04-Apr-2013World Youth Day in Rio "Goes Green." Organizers to promote care for the environment
04-Apr-2013Pope's sister: Francis 'plenty tough enough' to lead
04-Apr-2013Press Release: Pastoral Letter for the ‘Year of Faith’
04-Apr-2013Bidding Adieu to Heaven - Fr. K. J. Thomas, Rector, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary
03-Apr-2013Francis Visits Tombs of Predecessors
03-Apr-2013John Paul II Reflection on the 'Uncharted Territory' of Eternity
03-Apr-2013Vatican Message for World Autism Day
01-Apr-2013St Peter's Seminary Rector Murdered; Archbishop Condemns Act
31-Mar-2013CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development Observe Romero Day
31-Mar-2013Pope Francis Warns Priests that Insatisfaction Comes From Not Going Out of Oneself
31-Mar-2013Church Leaders Call to Continue Dialogue in Riot Affected Areas of Assam
20-Mar-2013Inauguration of the Pontificate of Pope Francis Observed
20-Mar-2013Pope's Motto: 'Miserando Atque Eligendo'
20-Mar-2013Pope Francis' Ring
20-Mar-2013Pope's Surprise Phonecall To Plaza De Mayo
19-Mar-2013Thousands join Delhi Mass for new pope
17-Mar-2013APFC to Take Ecumenical Movement To Grass-Roots
17-Mar-2013Study Seminar on Interreligious Dialogue Held
17-Mar-2013600 Children Attend Art for Peace Camps in Riot Affected Lower Assam
15-Mar-2013Mother Teresa Chair in IGNOU Inaugurated
15-Mar-2013Patriarch Kirill's Message to Pope Francis
15-Mar-2013Pope Francis' Address to Cardinals
15-Mar-2013Pope Francis' First Activities
15-Mar-2013Mass with Cardinal Electors in the Sistine Chapel
15-Mar-2013New Pope Francis visits St. Mary major, Collects suitcases and pays bill at Hotel
15-Mar-2013Pope Gives 1st Impressions of Simplicity, Sense of Humor
15-Mar-2013Events on Francis' Schedule
15-Mar-2013Pope Francis Celebrates Mass With Cardinals
15-Mar-2013Prioress Cloistered Carmelite: with Pope Francis God has fulfilled our wishes
14-Mar-2013Fr. Lombardi: Joy at election of Latin American Pope
14-Mar-2013Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?
14-Mar-2013Cardinal Bergoglio Elected To Pontificate
14-Mar-2013Statement: Election of the new Pontiff, Pope Francis I
12-Mar-2013Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl urges Catholics to pray for Conclave
12-Mar-2013Every Cardinal in his Place: Internal Ranking Determines Seating Chart
12-Mar-2013In digital age, Vatican Sticks with Smoke, Bells to Announce Results
12-Mar-2013Preoccupation with pope's personality can be unhealthy, historian says
12-Mar-2013Quid est in Nomine? Latin Name is first Clue to New Pope's Identity
12-Mar-2013Pakistani Church Condemns Arson Attack on Christian Colony in Lahore
12-Mar-2013Whole Church Called to Enter Conclave in Prayer, Archbishop Says
12-Mar-2013Conclave Starts Today
10-Mar-2013Press Statement: CBCI Condemns the Act of Violence on the Innocent Christians in Lahore
07-Mar-2013Fr John Norohna Dies
07-Mar-2013Sistine Chapel gets ready, historic chimney brought in for Conclave
07-Mar-2013Cardinal Tauran in charge of pronouncing “ Habemus Papam”
07-Mar-2013Day 3: Cardinals meet to prepare for Conclave. Still no date
07-Mar-2013Cardinals Gather In St. Peters to Pray for the Church
07-Mar-2013Press Release: Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) Elects New Team
05-Mar-2013Faith Sharing Exposure Programme Held
05-Mar-2013Kerala Region Holds Training to Formulate Pastoral Plan for Latin Church
05-Mar-2013Vatican closes the Sistine Chapel as it prepares for the Conclave
05-Mar-2013The New Urns for the Election of the Pope
05-Mar-2013Date for Conclave Still Unknown, Say Cardinals on Day Two of General Congregation
05-Mar-2013Cardinals Send Telegram to Benedict XVI
05-Mar-2013Cardinals Continue Arriving for General Congregation Meetings
05-Mar-2013The Church in India has a Steady Growth of the Laity: Cardinal Filoni
05-Mar-2013Press Release: National Fact Finding Team on Gender Violence Express Concern, Call for Action
05-Mar-2013National Seminar on Media and People’s Outrage Held
05-Mar-2013Mourning without Morning: The Church left without Pope, now thinking about successor
01-Mar-2013Archdiocesan Youth Awards 2013 Conferred
01-Mar-2013Vatican Commission to Consider Christians and Muslims as 'Beacons of Hope'
01-Mar-2013Benedict XVI Ended Pontificate With 3 Million Twitter Followers
01-Mar-2013Cardinal Sodano Summons Cardinals to Rome
01-Mar-2013Benedict XVI's First Hours as Pope Emeritus
01-Mar-2013Stamps and Coins of the Sede Vacante
01-Mar-2013Members of the College of Cardinals
01-Mar-2013Benedict XVI is Well: Reading, Listening To Music, and Praying
01-Mar-2013First Congregations Of Cardinals This Coming Monday
01-Mar-2013Pope to College of Cardinals: “I will be near to You”
27-Feb-2013CBCI President Calls for Prayer for the Conclave
25-Feb-2013 Public Relations Seminar Held In the Northern Region Chandigarh
24-Feb-2013Delhi Chief Minister Bids Farewell to Archbishop Concessao
24-Feb-2013Christian Council disappointed at President Address to Parliament
24-Feb-2013Pope Benedict XVI: 'Pray for Me and Pray for the Next Pope'
22-Feb-2013List of cardinals who can vote in the conclave
22-Feb-2013Seminar on ‘Women Leadership’: Challenges and Prospects
22-Feb-2013History of Conclaves: It's Grace That Sustains the Church
22-Feb-2013Holy See Offers Rare Glimpse of Vatican City to Journalists
22-Feb-2013World Youth Day Gets Global Facebook Page
22-Feb-2013Vatican Press Office Director Confirms Details of Pontiff's Final Week
22-Feb-2013Pax Christi Official Discuss Impact of Arab Spring on Palestine Liberation
22-Feb-2013Bishop Orestes Marengo’s Beatification Process Underway
18-Feb-2013Catholic Social Teaching for Priests and Nuns Held
18-Feb-2013SIGNIS India Assembly Studies New Media for New Generation
17-Feb-2013A Day of Thanks for Pope Benedict XVI and his Pontificate
17-Feb-2013Pope's Resignation Directs Faithful to God
17-Feb-2013Cardinal Filoni Releases CBCI Catholic Directory 2013
13-Feb-2013Prioress Cloistered Monastery: Benedict XVI’s choice, the result of courage and intimacy with Christ
12-Feb-2013Following Mary's footsteps, we must "bear witness to our faith": Cardinal Filoni
12-Feb-2013Pope Benedict XVI Not the First Pontiff to Resign Office
12-Feb-2013World and Religious Leaders Recall Pope's Devoted Leadership, Service to Church
12-Feb-2013Fr. Lombardi: 'Pope Benedict is Still Our Pope'
11-Feb-2013Press Release - Pope Benedict XVI
11-Feb-2013Pope Renounces Papal Throne
11-Feb-2013Cardinals Eligible to Vote for the Next Pope?
11-Feb-2013What will the Pope do when he is no longer Pope?
11-Feb-2013Pope's resignation is a sign of his immense love for the Church: Card. Oswald Gracias
11-Feb-2013Composition of the Conclave
11-Feb-2013Director of Holy See Press Office on Pope's Resignation
11-Feb-2013Cardinal Sodano Expresses College of Cardinals' Nearness To Pope
11-Feb-2013Cardinal Filoni Releases Book on Incredible Christian Witness
09-Feb-2013Cardinal DiNardo on Youth and the Digital World
09-Feb-2013Today's Feast of St. Bakhita an Occasion to Pray for Trafficking Victims
08-Feb-2013Pope’s Delegate Cardinal Filoni Arrives in India
08-Feb-2013CCBI Elects New Office Bearers
07-Feb-2013The Dalai Lama says No to Conversions. Cardinal Gracias: Changing Religion is a Right
07-Feb-2013 ‘Service is a core value to Church’ – Cardinal Oswald Gracias
06-Feb-2013CCBI Plans Pastoral Plan
06-Feb-2013India Post Issued Stamp on Basilica of Vailankanni
03-Feb-2013Pope names Cardinal Cleemis to Two Key Panels
03-Feb-2013Caritas India holds consultation on Crimes against Women and Children
03-Feb-2013CCBI’s Mega Silver Jubilee Meet at Vailankanni: Towards Pastoral Plan for the Church in India
01-Feb-2013Sandesha Awards 2013 presented to Nine Achievers
01-Feb-2013“37 Million Diyas” to show you care
01-Feb-2013February 2: World Day for Consecrated Life
01-Feb-2013World Youth Day will be bigger than the World Cup
01-Feb-2013Emerging Youth Cultures: Theme of Annual Plenary Of Pontifical Council for Culture
31-Jan-2013Bishop Isidore Fernandes of Allahabad Resigns
28-Jan-2013Press Release: Church in The North Pledges
28-Jan-2013Major thumbs-up for Vatican's Newly Launched Pope App
28-Jan-2013Caritas, Bihar Govt needs to Improve Coordination: Experts
28-Jan-2013Staines Remembered, with Count of anti-Christian Attacks
28-Jan-2013Church Leaders Appeal for Unity Among Churches
28-Jan-2013Cardinal Oswald Gracias pushes for education, dialogue to prevent violence against women
24-Jan-2013Message for 47th World Communications Day
24-Jan-2013Pope Assesses Social Media Positively
24-Jan-2013Press Release: Statement by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
22-Jan-2013Priest Accused of Human Trafficking surrenders
22-Jan-2013Delhi Archbishop asks Religions to Work for Peace
22-Jan-2013Pope Appoints Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto as the Apostolic Administrator of Jullundur
21-Jan-2013Delhi’s New Archbishop Anil J. T. Couto Installed
20-Jan-2013App Developer with Altruistic Nature
20-Jan-2013Court stays trial in nun's murder case
20-Jan-2013Pope calls for prayer for Christian unity
18-Jan-2013Religious Leaders to Felicitate Archbishop Anil Couto
18-Jan-2013Caritas India Calls for consultation on Crimes against Women and Children
18-Jan-2013Mob attacks Christians for playing hymns
18-Jan-2013Web Portal for Registration of Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana Launched
15-Jan-2013Pope's Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough
11-Jan-2013Regional Theological Forum Formed
10-Jan-2013Capital Punishment is no Deterrent to Sexual Crimes: Caritas India
10-Jan-2013Fr. George Madathikandathil Apponted as the New Eparch of Kothamangalam.
04-Jan-2013U.S. And Mexican Catholic Bishops Release Joint Pastoral Letter on Immigration
04-Jan-2013Syrian Archbishop Details Humanitarian Crisis in Region; Appeals to UN and Iraqi Prime Minister for
04-Jan-2013Cardinal Mauro Piacenza Writes to Mothers of Priests, Seminarians Prefect for the Congregation for t
04-Jan-2013More than 2.3 million pilgrims visited the Pope at the Vatican in 2012
03-Jan-2013Pope on New Year's Day: find inner peace in God
03-Jan-2013Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for World Day of Peace 2013: Blessed are the Peacemakers
03-Jan-2013Pope on World day of Peace 2013: “Blessed are the Peacemakers”
31-Dec-2012Pope visits and Pardons 'Vatileaks' Butler in Jail
31-Dec-2012Full text of Pope’s address to the Roman Curia
31-Dec-2012Open the door to Christ, Benedict XVI says in Urbi et Orbi address
21-Dec-2012Bishop Devprasad John Ganawa, SVD, is appointed as the new Bishop of Udaipur
19-Dec-2012Vice President of India praises Christian Community for its Dedication; Felicitates Cardinal Cleemis
18-Dec-2012Vidyajyoti Journal Celebrates Platinum Jubilee
17-Dec-2012Pope Asks God's Consolation for Newtown Victims
17-Dec-2012Religious Celebrate Christmas with the Refugees
17-Dec-2012Papal Envoy buried in Southern India
17-Dec-2012Year of Faith Christmas Brings Glad Tidings to the Religious
17-Dec-2012Ivory Coast Foreign Minister visits Mangalore Bishop
17-Dec-2012Police Probe KCYM Leaders in Alleged Human Trafficing; Church Sets up Own Enquiry
17-Dec-2012National Consultation on Cash Transfer of Subsidies to be Held
16-Dec-2012Cardinal releases Kandhamal Stories in Malayalam
14-Dec-2012Laity Synod calls for Family Catechesis
14-Dec-2012Press Statement
11-Dec-2012FABC Plenary Assemblies: An Attempt to Discern The Signs of The Times in Asia
11-Dec-2012FABC Delegates praise Spiritual Life in Vietnam
11-Dec-2012Laity Synod calls for Family Catechesis
11-Dec-2012Students Promote Peace Awareness in Nagaland
11-Dec-2012No Persecution Can Destroy Our Faith, Says Orissa Archbishop
10-Dec-2012Christians should become Generators of Joy: Archbishop Menamparampil
10-Dec-2012About 300 000 children recruited for criminal activity in the world
10-Dec-2012FABC Plenary: “Christians are called to be icon of God's love": Archbishop Menamparampil
09-Dec-2012Human Rights Day Message – 2012
09-Dec-2012Archbishop Ambrose Madtha Dies in Accident in Ivory Coast
07-Dec-2012Pope Expected to have 1 Million Twitter Followers by Launch
07-Dec-2012Papal Envoy to Vellankani Golden Jubilee Named
05-Dec-2012Six-hour-long Hindi Film on Jesus released
05-Dec-2012Pro-life Irish Supporters Protest moves to Legalise Abortion