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SYRO-MALABAR BISHOPS AT A GLANCE


The Syro-Malabar Church has 5 Archeparchies and 25 Eparchies with 34 Bishops, including One Major Archbishop, 5 Archbishops, and 24 bishops, 6 auxiliary bishops of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Trichur,Pala,Chicago and Kottayam archeparchies. The 5 Archeparchies and 13 Eparchies are within the proper territory of jurisdiction and 12 eparchies are outside, including the eparchy of Chicago in the United States of America.

MAJOR ARCHBISHOP OF THE SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH



Mar George Cardinal Alencherry 
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church 

Official Website: www.maralencherry.smcim.org

Contact Address
The Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia 
Mount St Thomas, P.B. No. 3110, 
Kakkanad P.O., Kochi 682 030, India 
Tel. 0484-2424768, 2424780, 2425727, 2426235, 2426236, Fax: 0484-2422727. 
E-mail: majorarchbishop@gmail.com 
              majorarchbishop@hotmail.com
Major Archbishop’s House 
Ernakulam, Kochi - 682 031, 
P.B.No. 2580, Kerala, India 
Phone: 0091-484-2363664 
E-mail:cardinal@ernakulamarchdiocese.org


Major Archbishops of the Syro-Malabar Church

  • Mar George Alencherry Major Archbishop (2011- )
  • Mar Varkey Vithayathil Major Archbishop (1999 - 2011)
  • Mar Varkey Vithayathil Apostolic Administrator (1996 – 1999)
  • Mar Antony Padiyara First Major Archbishop (1992 - 1996)


Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil 
Apostolic Administrator (1996-1999) 
Major Archbishop (1999-2011)

Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara 
Major Archbishop (1992-1996) 


Pontifical Delegate

  • Mar Abraham Kattumana Pontifical Delegate (1992-1995)


Mar Abraham Kattumana 
Pontifical Delegate (1992-1995)


Major Archbishops and Patriarchs

Major Archbishops, like patriarchs, are the heads of their Eastern-rite Churches. They enjoy patriarchal rights in nearly all respects, but without the patriarchal title. Major Archbishop is a title for an hierarch to whose archiepiscopal see is granted the same jurisdiction in his autonomous (sui juris) particular Church that an Eastern patriarch has in his. The title is used for archbishops of episcopal sees that were founded more recently than the patriarchal sees. There are differences between the two offices. The election of a new Major Archbishop requires confirmation by the Pope, whereas that of a new Patriarch needs to be notified to the Pope who will then extend ecclesiastical communion to the new Patriarch. Major Archbishops rank immediately below patriarchs in the order of precedence of the Catholic Church. If made members of the College of Cardinals, major archbishops join the order of Cardinal-Priests, whereas patriarchs of the east join the highest order, Cardinal-Bishops. Like patriarchs, major archbishops are elected by the synod of the sui iuris Church, but their election requires confirmation by the Pope, not mere notification and granting of communion required of patriarchs.

In addition to their role governing their particular Church, under canon law all major archbishops are members of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia. They are required to attend the annual general meeting of this congregation, and to attend other sessions if they are visiting Rome or are otherwise able


Four Major Archiepiscopal Churches in Catholic Communion

The title was first granted to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 1963. The Syro-Malabar Church became major archiepiscopal in 1992, followed by the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and the Romanian Greek Catholic Church in 2005, resulting in four major archbishops each leading a major archiepiscopal autonomous Church.

Rite Major Archdiocese YY.MM.DD
Romanian Greek Catholic FĂGĂRAŞ ŞI ALBA IULIA 2005.12.16
Syro-Malabar ERNAKULAM–ANGAMALY 1992.12.16
Syro-Malankara TRIVANDRUM 2005.02.10
Ukrainian Greek Catholic LVIV (first headquarters)
KYIV–HALYČ (present headquarters)
1963.12.23 
2005.08.21


The list of the Oriental Catholic Churches:

Byzantine / Constantinopolitan Tradition
    • Albanian Greek-Catholic Church
    • Bielorussian Greek-Catholic Church
    • Bulgarian Greek-Catholic Church
    • Croatian Greek-Catholic Church (Križevci)
    • Georgian Greek-Catholic Church
    • Greek Byzantine Catholic Church
    • Hungarian Greek-Catholic Church
    • Italo-Graeco-Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church
    • Melkite Greek-Catholic Church - Patriarchate
    • Romanian Greek-Catholic Church – Major Archiepiscopal
    • Russian Greek-Catholic Church
    • Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church - Metropolitan
    • Slovak Greek-Catholic Church - Metropolitan
    • Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church – Major Archiepiscopal
Armenian Tradition
    • Armenian Catholic Church - Patriarchate
Alexandrian Tradition
    • Coptic Catholic Church - Patriarchate
    • Ethiopian (& Eritrean) Catholic Church - Metropolitan
Antiochean Tradition
    • Syriac Catholic Church - Patriarchate
    • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church – Major Archiepiscopal
    • Maronite Catholic Church - Patriarchate
Chaldean/Syro-Oriental Tradition
    • Chaldean Catholic Church - Patriarchate
    • Syro-Malabar Catholic Church – Major Archiepiscopal]

Mar George Cardinal Alencherry 
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church

Syro-Malabar Bishops At a glance


  • 01 Cardinal Major Archbishop
  • 05 Archbishops
  • 24 Bishops
  • 06 Auxiliary Bishops
  • 16 Emeritus Bishops
  • 27+3 Bishops serving in Sister Churches & Nuncios

Active Bishops and their Dioceses

Photo Name & Designation Archdiocese/Diocese
Mar George Cardinal Alencherry 
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church
Ernakulam-Angamaly
Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath
Auxiliary Bishop
Ernakulam-Angamaly
Mar Jose Puthenveettil
Auxiliary Bishop
Ernakulam-Angamaly
Mar Joseph Perumthottam 
Metropolitan Archbishop
Changanacherry
Mar Mathew Moolakkatt O.S.B. 
Metropolitan Archbishop
Kottayam
Mar Jose Pandarasseril 
Auxiliary Bishop
Kottayam
Mar Andrews Thazath 
Metropolitan Archbishop
Trichur
Mar Raphael Thattil 
Auxiliary Bishop
Trichur
Mar Bosco Puthur 
Bishop
Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne
Mar Joseph Kunnath CMI
Bishop
Adilabad
Mar Lawrence Mukkuzy 
Bishop
Belthangady
Mar Joseph Arumachadath MCBS 
Bishop
Bhadravathi
Mar John Vadakel CMI 
Bishop
Bijnor
Mar Ephrem Nariculam 
Bishop
Chanda
Mar Jacob Angadiath 
Bishop
Chicago St. Thomas Diocese
Mar Joy Alappatt 
Auxiliary Bishop
Chicago St. Thomas Diocese
Mar Kuriakose Bharanikulangara 
Archibishop
Faridabad
Mar Thomas Thuruthimattam CST 
Bishop
Gorakhpur
Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil 
Bishop
Idukki
Mar Pauly Kannookadan 
Bishop
Irinjalakuda
Mar Joseph Kollamparampil  
Bishop
Jagdalpur
Mar Thomas Elavanal MCBS 
Bishop
Kalyan
Mar Mathew Arackal 
Bishop
Kanjirapally
Mar George Madathikandathil 
Bishop
Kothamangalam
Mar Jose Porunnedom 
Bishop
Manathavady
Mar George Njaralakatt 
Archbishop
Archdiocese of Tellicherry
Mar Joseph Kallarangatt 
Bishop
Palai
Mar Jacob Murickan
Auxiliary Bishop
Palai
Mar Jacob Manathodath 
Bishop
Palghat
Mar Jose Chittooparambil CMI 
Bishop
Rajkot
Mar Paul Alapatt 
Bishop
Ramanathapuram
Mar Antony Chirayath 
Bishop
Sagar
Mar Remegiose Inchananiyil 
Bishop
Thamarassery
Mar. George Rajendran 
Bishop
Thuckalay
Mar Sebastian Vadakel MST 
Bishop
Ujjain

 

Emeritus Bishops

Photo Name & Designation Archdiocese/Diocese
Mar Abraham D. Mattam Bishop of Satna
(1977-2000), Retd. on 12-4-2000
Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel 
Bishop
Bishop of Satna 
(2000-2014), Retd. on 27-08-2014
Mar Dominic Kokkat Bishop of Gorakpur
(1984-2006), Retd. 2006
Mar Gratian Mundadan, CMI Bishop of Bijnor
(1977-2009), Retd. on 14-08-2009
Mar Gregory Karotemprel, CMI Bishop of Rajkot 
(1983-2010); Retd on 16-7-2010
Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy Archbishop Emeritus of Trichur
(1997–2007) Retd. 2007
Mar James Pazhayattil Bishop of Irinjalakuda
(1978-2010), Retd. on 18-04-2010 
Mar Joseph Pallikaparmpil Bishop of Palai
(1981-2004), Retd. on 18-3-2004
Mar Joseph Pastor Neelankavil, CMI Bishop of Sagar
(1987-2006), Retd. 2006
Mar Joseph Powathil Metropolitan Emeritus of Changanacherry
(1985-2007) Retd. 2007
Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry Bishop of Kottayam
(1974-2006), Retd. on 14-1-2006
Mar Mathew Vattackuzhy Bishop of Kanjirapally
(1986-2001), Retd. on 19-1-2001
Mar Paul Chittilapilly Bishop of Thamarassery
(1997-2010), Retd. on 08-04-2010 
Mar George Punnakottil Bishop of Kothamangalam 
(1977-2013), Retd. on 09-02-2013 

Mar Simon Stock Palathra CMI 

Bishop of Jagadalpur

Mar Thomas Chakiath 
Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop

Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly
Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI 
Chanda
Mar George Valiamattam 
Metropolitan Archbishop
Tellicherry

 

Former Bishops

Archbishop Mar Abraham Kattumana   Pontifical Delegate 
(16 Dec. 1992 - 4 April 1995)
Mar Adolphus Edwin Medlycott   Trichur 
(1887 – 1896)
Mar Alexander Chulaparambil 1877-1951 Kottayam
Mar Aloysius Pazheparambil 1847 - 1919 Ernakulam
Mar Antony Padiyara Archbishop 1921-2000  Changanacherry 
(1970 -1985)
Mar Augustine Kandathil 1912 - 1987 Ernakulam
Mar Charles Lavigne   Changanacherry 
(1887-1896) 
First Vicar Apostolic Kottayam
Mar Clemens Thottungal CMI 1909-1991 Sagar
Mar Emmanuel Pothanamuzhy CMI   Mananthavady 
(1997-2003)
Mar Francis Vazhapilly   Trichur 
(1921 – 1942)
Mar George Alapatt   Trichur 
(1944 – 1970)
Mar James Kalachery   Changanacherry 
(1927-1949)
Mar Januarius Palathuruthy CMI   Sagar  
(1977-)
Mar John Menacherry   Trichur 
(1896 – 1919)
Mar John Perumattom MST 1921-2011 Ujjain 
(1977-1998)
Mar Jonas Thaliath CMI   Rajkot 
(1977-1981)
Mar Joseph Cardinal Parecattil 1912 - 1987 Ernakulam
Mar Joseph Irimpen 1974-1994 Palghat Diocese
Mar Joseph Kundukulam   Trichur 
(1970 – 1997)
Archbishop Mar Mathew Kavukattu   Changanacherry 
(1950 -1969)
Mar Mathew Makkil   Archdiocese/Diocese
Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi   Kothamangalam 
(1957-1977)
Mar Paulinus Jeerakath CMI   Jagadalpur 
(1972 - 1990)
Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary   Thamarassery 
(1986-1994)
Mar Sebastian Valloppilly 1953-1995 Thalassery Diocese
Mar Sebastian Vayalil 
First Bishop Of Palai
  Mananthavady 
(1997-2003)
Mar Thomas Kurialacherry   Changanacherry 
(1911-1925) First Bishop
Mar Thomas Tharayil 1899-1975 Kottayam

Mar Varkey Vithayathil
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church

  (29 May 1927 – 1 April 2011)
Ernakulam-Angamaly

 

Syro-Malabar Bishops Served/Serving in Latin Dioceses

Photo Name Home diocese Bishop of
Bishop Abraham Elanjimattom SDB Pala Kohima (+)
Archbishop Abraham Viruthikulangara Kottayam Nagpur
Bishop George Anathil SVD Changanaserry Indore
Archbishop George Kochery Changanassery Nuncio
Bishop George Mamalassery Pala Tura
Archbishop George Panikulam Irinjalakuda Nuncio
Bishop Em. Hypolitas Kunnumkal OFM Changanassery Jammu & Kashmir
Rt. Rev. Dr. John Moolachira Trichur Diphu (2007-2012) 
Guwahati (2012-)
Bishop John Thomas Katrukudy Kothamangalam Diphu
Bishop James Thoppil Kottayam Kohima
Bishop Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel Pala Raipur
Archbishop Joseph Chennoth Ernakulam Nuncio
Archbishop Joseph Mittathany Pala Imphal
Bishop Joseph Pathalil Changanaserry Udaipur
Bishop Mathai Kochuparambil SDB Kothamangalam Diphu (+)
Bishop Emeritus Mathew Cheriankunnel PIME Changanassery Nalgonda
Bishop Peter Celestine Elampassery OFM Pala Jammu & Kashmir
Archbishop Raphael Cheenath SVD Thrissur Cuttack
Rt. Rev. Sebastian Kallupura Mananathavady Buxar
Bishop Symphorain T Keeprath OFM Pala Jalandher
Bishop Em. Theophine Thannikunnel Pala Jabalpur
Bishop Dr. Thomas Antony Vazhappilly Irinjalakuda Mysore 
(2003- )
Bishop Thomas Kozhimala Kanjirappally Bhagalpur
Bishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB Pala Guwahati
Bishop Thomas Pullopally Kothamangalam Bongaigon
Bishop Varghese Thottamkara Kottayam Nekempte
Rev. Dr. Paul Mattakkattu Ernakulam- Angamaly Diphu


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