Mar Mathew Vattackuzhy

Mar Mathew Vattackuzhy
Bishop Emeritus of Kanjirapally

His Excellency Mar Mathew Vattackuzhy was born at Chenkal, Vazhoor on 20 February 1930. He had his school education in Vazhoor and Ponkunnam, after which he joined the St. Thomas Petit Seminary, Parel, Changanacherry. He had his Major Seminary education in Papal Seminary, Kandy and later Pune from where he took his licentiate in Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained priest in Pune on 1st June, 1956.

From 1957 to 1959 he served as Assistant Vicar at St. Mary's Cathedral, Changanacherry. In 1959 he was appointed Secretary to Archbishop Mar Mathew Kavukatt and Chancellor of the Archdiocese. In 1960 he was sent to Rome for higher studies and obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University.

Returning to Changanacherry in 1964 he was again appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese, and he continued in the post till May 1977, except for a brief period of one year (1973-74) during which he did pastoral ministry in the United States.

On 12 May, 1977 he was appointed Vicar General of the newly erected Diocese of Kanjirapally.

On 18 January 1986 he was elected administrator of the Diocese of Kanjirapally, when the See fell vacant as a result of the transfer of Mar Joseph Powathil as Archbishop of Changanacherry.

He was nominated Bishop of Kanjirapally on 20 December 1986. He was ordained Bishop in St. Mary's Old Church Kanjirapally by His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil, Metropolitan Archbishop of Changanacherry, assisted by Mar Joseph Pallickaparampil, Bishop of Palai on 26 February 1987. He took charge on same say.

He Retired on January 19th 2001

His Excellency Mar Mathew Vattackuzhy was born at Chenkal, Vazhoor on 20 February 1930. He had his school education in Vazhoor and Ponkunnam, after which he joined the St. Thomas Petit Seminary, Parel, Changanacherry. He had his Major Seminary education in Papal Seminary, Kandy and later Pune from where he took his licentiate in Philosophy and Theology. He was ordained priest in Pune on 1st June, 1956.

From 1957 to 1959 he served as Assistant Vicar at St. Mary's Cathedral, Changanacherry. In 1959 he was appointed Secretary to Archbishop Mar Mathew Kavukatt and Chancellor of the Archdiocese. In 1960 he was sent to Rome for higher studies and obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University.

Returning to Changanacherry in 1964 he was again appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese, and he continued in the post till May 1977, except for a brief period of one year (1973-74) during which he did pastoral ministry in the United States.

On 12 May, 1977 he was appointed Vicar General of the newly erected Diocese of Kanjirapally.

On 18 January 1986 he was elected administrator of the Diocese of Kanjirapally, when the See fell vacant as a result of the transfer of Mar Joseph Powathil as Archbishop of Changanacherry.

He was nominated Bishop of Kanjirapally on 20 December 1986. He was ordained Bishop in St. Mary's Old Church Kanjirapally by His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil, Metropolitan Archbishop of Changanacherry, assisted by Mar Joseph Pallickaparampil, Bishop of Palai on 26 February 1987. He took charge on same say.

He Retired on January 19th 2001

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