Catholic Bishop's House,
Sulthan Bathery, P.O,
Wayanad, Kerala- 673 592, India
Phone: +91 4936 220207
Fax :91 4936 221287
Email: [email protected]
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Bishop Joseph Mar Thomas was born as Joseph Konnath in the village of Vadaserikkara in the district of Pathanamthitta, on April 20, 1952. He He joined the St. Aloysius Seminary in June 1968. He entered Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, for completing bachelors degree in theology. Later as part of his priestly studies. He was ordained priest on Dec. 23, 1978. After his ordination Father Joseph Konnathu served in various parishes. In 1979, he was sent to Kollam (Kadappakkada) as the first resident vicar of the St. Thomas Malankara Catholic Church, Kadappakada.
From 1986 he served as lecturer in the faculty of economics at Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum. After completing six years of service in the Minor Seminary, he was appointed as the ecclesiastical district vicar of Trivandrum and the vicar of the St. Mary's Metropolitan Church, Pattom.
In 1998, he contested the Kerala University Senate election as an independent candidate and became senate member. In 2000, he was appointed as a member of School Curriculum Committee, headed by the education minister, Government of Kerala.
On Jan. 5, 2005 Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Trivandrum and apostolic Visitator to North America and Europe. He was ordained bishop on Feb. 19, 2005 at the St. Mary's Cathedral Church.
Bishop Joseph is a member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) and Europe. He is the Chairman of the Synodal commission for Pastoral Care of the Faithful Outside India.
Bishop Joseph Thomas was appointed as the third bishop of the eparchy of Bathery. The enthronement of the new bishop was held on April 13, 2010.