St. Joseph's Church, Sagar Road,
Shimoga -577 204, Karnataka, India
Phone: 08182-245 126(P), 08182 256 549
Fax :+91 8182-256549
Email: [email protected]
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Bishop Mar Joseph Arumachadath, MCBS was born on April 10, 1960, in Uppukandam, Kerala state, part of Kothamangalam Diocese at the time but now in Idukki Diocese. The second son among six children joined the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in 1978 and was ordained an MCBS priest on May 7, 1988.
He did his philosophical studies at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Aluva (Alwaye), and theology at Jnanadeep Vidyadeep in Pune, Maharashtra state. He earned a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from Leuven University (Belgium) and has published his thesis on "Church as Community of Jesus' disciples." He served as a retreat preacher and later as Secretary to the MCBS Superior General before being named Rector of the MCBS minor seminary in Athirampuzha, Kerala. From 2002 to 2005, he headaed the MCBS' Emmaus province. He was appointed the first Bishop of Bhadravathi when the diocese was created on Aug. 21, 2007, and he was ordained bishop on October 25 that year.