Announcement of Rev. Fr. K. A. William as the new Bishop of Mysore

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YourEminence, Your Grace, Your Excellency,


In the light of the Communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Lordship Rt. Rev. Thomas Vazhapilly from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Mysore,according to Canon Law 401 § 1.


He has appointed Rev. Fr. K. A. William of the clergy of Mysore as the new Bishop of Mysore. This provision was made public in Rome on Wednesday,January 25, 2017, at noon local time, 16:30 hours, IST.


Rev. Fr. K.Antony William, was born in Pollibetta, in the Diocese of Mysore, on 27th February,1965. He studied at the St. Mary’s Minor Seminary and at St. Philomena’s College in Mysore. He completed his philosophical andtheological studies and acquired a Master’s Degree in Canon Law(1996-1998) at the St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Christianity from the University of Mysore. He was ordained a priest on 18th May, 1993 for the Diocese of Mysore and has exercised his priestly ministry in the following assignments:Assistant Parish Priest of St. Thomas Church in Thomayarpalayam(1993-1994); Assistant Parish Priest of  Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Martalli (1994-1995); Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Gundlupet (1995-1996); Parish Priest of Holy Family Church in Hinkal, Mysore (1998-2003); Financial Administrator and Chancellor of the Diocese of Mysore (2003-2009); Parish Priest of St.Joseph’s Cathedral in Mysore and Dean of Mysore (2009-2015). Since 2015, he has been the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church in Jayalakshmipuram, and Secretary of the Mysore Diocesan Educational Society (MDES). He is a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors’ of the Diocesan Financial Council and of the Mysore Diocesan Society (MDS),as well as the Diocesan Public Relation Officer (PRO) and the Defender of Bondat the Diocesan Tribunal, in the Diocese of Mysore.


We send our prayerful greetings and best wishes to Rev.Fr. K. A. William and assure him of our prayers and wholehearted collaboration as he is preparing himself to begin his episcopal ministry.  


As Bishop Thomas Vazhapilly lays down his active episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Mysore, we wish His Excellency God’s countless blessings and many more years of peace and happiness in the continued service of the Lord.



Assuring you of my prayers,


Yours Sincerely in Our Lord Jesus Christ,


Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX

Secretary General, CBCI