Mar James Athikalam

Mar James Athikalam
Bishop

Rev. James Athikalam MST was born on 5 July 1958 at Pulincunnu in the Archeparhcy of Changanacherry as the son of Mr.Paulose & Mrs Annamma Athikalam. After his School education in Pallam CMS High School, he joined Deepti Minor Seminary of the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle (MST) for his priestly formation.  After his Philosophical studies in Sacred Heart Seminary Poonamally and Theological Studies in St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore, he was ordained priest on 22 March 1984. After his priestly ordination he served as Assistant Parish Priest at Harshodan, Barnagarand Rajghatin the Eparchy of Ujjain. He secured M.A. from Mysore University and Licentiate in Biblical Theology from Jerusalem and Doctorate in Patrology from Augustinian University, Rome. He served as Teacher and Finance Officer in the Minor Seminary of the Eparchy of Ujjain, Teacher in the Minor Seminary of the Missionary Society of MST.  Later he became the Director of the Jeevan Jyothi Missionary Orientation Centre, Mandya.  He was then appointed Professor at Ruhalaya Major Seminary, Ujjain and later became Rector of the same seminary.  He was elected Director General of MST for a term. It was while working in Bhopal as the Director of NirmalJyoti Mental Health Programme, Priest-in-Charge of the Syro-Malabar Community and Co-ordinator of the Syro-Malabar faithful in the Central Region,he was appointed Bishop of the Eparchy of Sagar. He was ordained bishop on 17th April 2018.

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