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Diocese of Palghat
Bishop Jacob Manathodath
Bishop Manathodath
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: jmanathodath@gmail.com, diopgt@gmail.com

Bishop Jacob Manathodath was born on February 22, 1947 at Kodamthuruthu as the eldest son of Kurian and Kathreena. He had his primary education. He joined the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Ernakulam. Two years later he was sent to the Papal Seminary, Pune, where achieved a Licentiate in Philosophy and Master's Degree in Theology. He was ordained a priest on November 4, 1972. He has a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome. He 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, as Archdiocesan Secretary, Secretary to Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara, Promoter of Justice and Defender of Bond at the Archdiocesan Tribunal, Chancellor, Parish Priest at Elamakara and Chempu, Eparchial Consulter, Executive Secretary of Save A Family Plan (India) and the Editor of "Ernakulam Missam". In 1990 he was appointed Professor at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Aluva. On 1992 September 6, he was nominated titular bishop of Abydus and bishop auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. He was ordained bishop on November 28, 1992and appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Palghat on November 11, 1996. He took canonical possession of the Eparchy on February 1, 1997.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Irimpen (1974-1994)
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