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Diocese of Palghat

Bishop Jacob Manathodath
Bishop Manathodath
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Bishop Jacob Manathodath
Bishop's House,
P.B.No. 4, Noorani P.O.,
Palghat, Kerala, India - 678 004

Phone: (491) 2515277, 2526583
Fax :(491) 2525129
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Jacob Manathodath was born on Feb. 22, 1947 at Kodamthuruthu. He joined the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Ernakulam. Two years later Bishop Manathodath was sent to the Papal Seminary, Pune, where achieved a licentiate in philosophy and master's degree in theology. He was ordained priest on Nov. 4, 1972. He has a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University, Rome. Bishop Manathodath was first appointed assistant vicar of St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam and then private secretary to the late Mar Joseph Cardinal Parecattil. After his return from Rome in 1984, he served the archdiocese of Ernakulam in various capacities like archdiocesan secretary, secretary to Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara, and the editor of "Ernakulam Missam". In 1990, he was appointed professor at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Aluva.

He was ordained bishop on Nov. 28, 1992. Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Palghat on Nov. 11, 1996. He took canonical possession of the eparchy on Feb. 1, 1997.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Irimpen (1974-1994)
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