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Auxiliary Bishop Antony Valumkal
Auxiliary Bishop Valumkal
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Auxiliary Bishop Antony Valumkal
Latin Archbishop's House,
P.O. Box 2581,
Kochi-682031, Kerala, India

Phone: (0484)2396.542
Fax :2360.911

Pope Francis appointed Father Antony Valumkal as auxiliary bishop of Verapoly archdiocese on May 11, 2024.

Bishop Valumkal was born on July 26, 1969, in Eroor in the archdiocese. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Alwaye. He was ordained a priest on April 11, 1994, for the archdiocese.

He held the following positions and carried out higher studies: deputy parish priest of Little Flower in Pottakuzhy (1994-1996); director of the Archdiocesan Minor Seminary (1997-2004); parish priest of St. George in Karthedom (2004-2007); director of St. John Paul Bhavan Minor Seminary in Kakkanad (2007-2010); licentiate and doctorate in spiritual theology from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore; spiritual director of St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, and in charge of two churches in Chowara and Parapuram of Thottakattukara parish (2013-2021). Since 2021 he has been rector and parish priest of the National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom Vallarpadom, Kochi.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Francis Kallarakal  (20 Feb 2010 Appointed - 31 Oct 2016 Retired)
  • Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil O.C.D. (1996-2009)
  • Auxiliary Bishop Antony Thannikot (1978-1984)
  • Archbishop Joseph Kelanthara (1971-1986)
  • Archbishop Joseph Attipetty (1934-1970)
  • Archbishop Angel Mary Perez Cecelia (1919-1934)
  • Archbishop Bernard of Jesus Argiunzons (1896-1919)
  • Archbishop Leonard Mellano of St. Louis (1868- 1897)

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