Mar Bosco Puthur Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of the St. Thomas The Apostle of Melbourne & Apostolic Visitor of New Zealand
Pope Francis has established the new Eparchy (Diocese) of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne of the Syro-Malabars (Australia), and has appointed as its first Eparchial Bishop Bosco Puthur, until now Titular Bishop of Foraziana and Curia Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia. Fr Francis Kolencherry will be first Vicar General of the Eparchy.
Mar Bosco Puthur The Pope has also appointed Bishop Bosco Puthur, Eparchial Bishop of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne of the Syro-Malabars as Apostolic Visitator of the Syro-Malabar faithful residing in New Zealand. Bishop Bosco was born on 28-05-1946 at Parappur, Trichur. He was ordained priest on 27-03-1971. He has the educational qualifications of L.Ph; S.T.L; S.T.D. He had his seminary formation in Aluva Carmelgiri Philosophate and Propaganda Collage Rome. After his ordination he served as Asst. Vicar, Ollur (1976), Fr. Prefect, Minor Seminary (1976), Professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary Aluva (1977-1992), Rector, Minor Seminary (1992), Protosyncellus of the Archdiocese (1995-1999); Cathedral Vicar (1999), Executive Director of Liturgical Research Center, Mt. St. Thomas, Kakkanad (1999-2007). When he was nominated the first Curial Bishop of Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia, he was working as the Rector of Mangalapuzha Seminary (2007-2010).
He was appointed Curial Bishop and Titular Bishop of Foraziana on 18 January 2010 and was ordained a bishop on 13 February 2010.