Bishop Jose Pandarassery, was born in 1961 at Ettumannoor (Kerala). After his studies at the Minor Seminary of SH Mount, Kottayam, Most Rev. Jose Pandarassery completed his Philosophy and Theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Mangalore and was ordained priest on 28th December, 1987. He holds the degrees of B.A., B.Th. and Licentiate in Canon Law. After gaining pastoral experience as an Assistant Parish Priest at Areekara and as a Vicar at Chakkupallam, Kattapana, Punalur and Karimkunnam, Most Rev. Jose became Spiritual Father at the Diocesan Minor Seminary and Vallombrosian Minor Seminary. Subsequently, he was appointed Additional Chancellor and Eparchial Judge, Rector of Eparchial Minor Seminary and Director of Vocation Commission. At the time of his Episcopal election Most Rev. Jose was Vicar Forane at Edakkatt, Secretary to Education Agency of Schools of the Eparchy and Eparchial Judge. He was nominated Auxiliary Bishop of Kottayam and titular bishop of “Castello di Ripa” (Castelloripensis) on 20th September 2006 and was ordained Bishop on 28 December 2006 at Kottayam.