Former Auxiliary Bishops

Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath

Born on 23 November 1957 of Ouseph Chacko and Thresiamma at Vaikom Fr. Sebastian had his school education at St Joseph’s L.P. School and St. Theresa’s High School, Vaikom from 1963 to 1973. He joined the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly on 1st July 1973. Three years later he was sent to the Papal Seminary, Pune where he did his seminary studies from 1976 to 1983 and was ordained priest on 18th December 1983 by Bishop Sebastian Mankuzhikary at St Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye. After the ordination Fr. Sebastian took a Master’s Degree in Theology from Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. During his priestly ministry in the archdiocese he served as parish priest and secretary to the late Cardinal Antony Padiyara. His most pioneering assignment was as Executive Director of ‘Save A Family Plan’, in Canada. He has been serving in this capacity for the last thirteen and half years with utmost dedication and sincerity. 
His appointment as Bishop Auxiliary of Ernakulam-Angamaly and titular bishop of Macriana Maggiore (in ancient Byzantium, Turkey) was announced on 4 February 2002 and was consecrated Bishop on 20 April 2002 by Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil at St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam.Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath, the syncellus was appointed the Protosyncellus on 10th September 2012. He was elected as Bishop of Mandya Diocese on 30th August 2019 and appointed on 8th September 2019.

Contact Address
Major Archbishop’s House
Ernakulam, P.B.No. 2580
Kochi - 682 031, Kerala, India
Phone:   0091-484-2363664, 2352629, 2352906
Fax: 0091-484-2355010

Mar Jose Puthenveettil 

Bishop Mar Jose Puthenveettil was born on April 4, 1961 in the parish of St. George’s Forane Church, Edappally in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly as the second of the eight children of Mr. Devassy and Mary Puthenveettil. After his school education at St. George’s H.S. Edappally, Young Jose Puthenveettil had his priestly formation for three years (1977-1980) in the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Thrikkakara and for seven years (1980-1987) in St. Joseph’s Interdiocesan Seminary, Mangalore. On 26 December 1987 Cardinal Antony Padiyara, the then Archbishop of Ernakulam, ordained him priest at St. George’s Forane Church, Edappally, for the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. After the ordination Fr. Jose served the archdiocese as assistant vicar at St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kanjoor (1988-1990) and then as the Secretary to Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara (1990-1992). Rev. Fr. Jose had his higher education at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and took doctorate in Theology. His doctoral thesis is entitled as “Common and Ministerial Priesthood. A Critical Textual Hermeneutics in the Light of ‘Tria Munera’, ‘In Persona Christi’, and ‘Diakonia’ with Special Reference to ‘Christifideles Laici’ and ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis’. 

After having returned to India he served as parish priest of St. Augustine’s Church, Thuravoor North (1998- 1999) and St. Mary’s Church, Mookkannoor (1999). From 1999 to 2000 he served as assistant director and dean of studies of Niveditha, Institute for Religious Formation and Fellowship at Chunangamvely and during the same period he was assistant at St. Joseph’s Church, Chunangamvely and in that capacity he also took care of St. Pius Xth Church, Choondy. He had been professor of systematic theology at Paurastya Vidyapitam, Kottayam, for 11 years from 2000 to 2011, of which he served for a term of three years as the Vice president of the Institute. Since 2011 he has been serving as the Syncellus (Pro-Vicar General) of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Bishop Puthenveettil is proficient in Malayalam, English and German. He is the author of the book titled ‘Priesthood: The Baptised and the Ordained. A textual Hermeneutics in the Light of the Church Documents.’ He is also the editor of the books ‘Akapporul (Malayalam-On Nicea-Constantinople Creed)’; ‘Syro-Malabar Thelogy in Context’ and ‘Paurohithyam: Uravidangal, Yadharthiyangal, Pratheeshakal (Malayalam)’. He has also some articles to his credit.

On Friday, 23rd August 2013 the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, gathered at Mount St. Thomas, Kerala, having received prior Papal Assent according to CCEO can. 184, canonically elected to the office of Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly Rev. Fr. Jose Puthenveettil. The Holy Father Pope Francis has assigned to the new Auxiliary Bishop the Titular See of Rusubbicari. He was consecrated Bishop on 21st September 2013 by Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alencherry at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam. He was elected as Auxiliary Bishop of Faridabad Diocese on 30th August 2019 and appointed on 10th November 2019.

Contact Address
Major Archbishop’s House
Ernakulam, Kochi - 682 031,
P.B.No. 2580, Kerala, India,,
Phone:   0091-484-2363664, 2352629, 2352906,
Fax: 0091-484-2355010 E-mail:

 Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Mar Thomas Chakiath 

Bishop Thomas Chakiath was born of Chackappan and Mariam Chakiath on September 10, 1937 at Moonnamparambu, Karukutty, in Ernakulam District. After his school education at St Mary's L.P.S. Karukutty, S.H. Orphanage U.P.S. Mookkannoor, and Mar Augustine Memorial H.S. Koratty, Young Thomas Chakiath had his seminary formation for two years in the Sacred Heart Petit Seminary, Ernakulam and for seven years in the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, and was ordained priest on November 30, 1964 by Joseph Cardinal Parecattil at the Eucharistic Congress in Bombay. Fr Thomas Chakiath served as assistant vicar of St Thomas Church, Malayattoor and of St Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam where he was also the Managing Director and the First Principal of Amulia Industrial Training Centre (I.T.C.). From 1968 to '72 Fr Thomas Chakiath had his higher education at St Thomas Acquinas University, Angelicum, Rome, from which he took his doctorate in sociology.

He specialised further in the same subject later in 1981-'82 when he attended a course on Community Development and secured a Diploma from the Coady International Institute in Canada. After coming back from Rome, Dr. Thomas Chakiath served as the vicar of St Antony's Church, Chengamanad for nearly two years. From 1974 Dr. Thomas Chakiath had been Professor of Sociology for 23 years at the Pontifical Institute of Phiolosophy and Theology, Alwaye, where he was Vice Rector for a term and also Spiritual Father. Besides his Doctoral Thesis entitled "Value Clarification and Conscientization - The Role of the Church in Socio-Economic Development", he has also authored the book "The social vision of the Church". He was the chief editor of "Mathavum Chinthayum" for eight years, and was also the editor of "St Thomas Academy for Research (STAR) Documentation". Besides English and Latin, he knows German, Italian and Syriac. 

Dr Thomas Chakiath has served the Church and the archdiocese in other ways as well. He was a member of the K.C.B.C. Commission for Justice and Peace, and the secretary of the Priests' Senate of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam, and has been a consultor of the Archdiocese for three terms. He was the founder-director of Niveditha, Institute for Religious Formation and Fellowship. He was appointed the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam in January 1997. 

On 17th February 1998 Dr. Chakiath was nominated the Titular Bishop of Uzippari and the Bishop Auxiliary of Ernakulam - Angamaly and he was consecrated Bishop on April 14, 1998 by Archbishop Mar Varkey Vithayathil at St Mary's Basilica Ernakulam. He retired from his office as the Auxiliary Bishop & Vicar General of the Archdiocese on 10th September 2012. At present he is spending his retired life at Niveditha, Chunangamvely.

Contact Address
Niveditha Chunangamvely
Aluva – 683 112
Kerala, INDIA
Phone:   0091-484-2837375, 2838070 (P)