Mar Thomas Tharayil

Mar Thomas Tharayil

Bishop Thomas Tharayil, born on 2 February 1972, is the youngest son among the seven children of Late Mr. T.J Joseph and Mrs. Mariamma. He belongs to St. Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral Church, Changnanacherry. The bishop had his lower primary school education at St. Joseph's L.P School, Changanacherry and his high school education at Sacred Heart English Medium School, Changanacherry. After having completed his Pre-Degree Course at S.B College Changanacherry, he joined St. Thomas Minor Seminary at Kurichy. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor and was ordained priest on 1 January 2000 by Archbishop Joseph Powathil. Then he was appointed Assistant Parish Priest at Athirampuzha, Nedumkunnam, Edathua and Vicar Administrator at Thazhathu Vadakara Parish. In the year 2004, the bishop was sent to Rome for Higher Studies in Gregorian University and obtained a licentiate and doctorate in psychology. After the completion of his studies, he had been serving as Director of Danahalaya, Institute of Formation, Punnapra, Alapuzha until now. The bishop-elect is a well-known retreat preacher and psychologist. He has taught at various Major Seminaries and Institutes and has written books and articles on Psychology. He is proficient in Malayalam, English, German, Italian and Spanish. He was ordained bishop on 23 April 2017.

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