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Diocese of Calicut

Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal
Bishop Chakkalakal
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Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal
Bishop's House,
Malaparamba, PB. No 1607,
Calicut, Kerala 673 00, India

Phone: (+91) -495- 2370313, 2370271, 2376648, 2372310, 2377013, 9847800782
Fax :(+91) -495- 2372577
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal was born on Feb. 7, 1953 at Malapallipuram in Thrichur district of Kerala which belongs to the diocese of Kottapuram. After schooling, he joined seminary in 1971 for the diocese of Calicut. He completed his seminary studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, Mangalore. He was ordained priest by Bishop Maxwell Noronha on April 2, 1981. He obtained a master’s degree in theology from Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye. During 1986 and 1991 he did his doctorate in canon law from Pontifical Urban University, Rome. He taught in the seminary from 1992 -1998. He was a professor of fundamental theology, canon law and moral theology. He also served as dean of studies. He was appointed bishop on Nov. 5, 1998, and was consecrated as the first Bishop of Kannur on Feb.7, 1999.

He was transferred to Calicut diocese on May 15, 2012. The Calicut diocese was lying vacant after Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil appointed as the secretary of the pontifical council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants at Vatican two years ago.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil (2002-2011)
  • Bishop Maxwell Valentine Noronha (1980-2002 )
  • Bishop Aldo Maria Patroni, SJ (1948-1980 )
  • Bishop Leo Proserpio, SJ (1938- 1940 )
  • Bishop Paul Perini, SJ (1923-1932 )
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