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Eparchy of Saint Ephrem of Khadki

Bishop Thomas Anthonios Valiyavilayil
Bishop Valiyavilayil
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Bishop Thomas Anthonios Valiyavilayil
Bishop's House,
51 Bhau Patil Road,
Bopodi, 411020,
Pune, Maharashtra

Phone: (0)9447020537
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC was born on 25 November 1955 at Adoor in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.

His parents are late C. Koshy and Kunjamma. After his schooling at Adoor and Kattanam he joined the Order of the Imitation of Christ or Bethany Ashram and made his First Profession in the year 1974.

He had his priestly formation at Bethany Ashram Pune and took the bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth Pune.

He was ordained priest on 27 December 1980 by Mar Baselios Cleemis, at Mar Ivanios Nagar, Kottayam, the venue of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Reunion Movement initiated by the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios.

He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical Oriental Institute Rome in Oriental Canon Law. He was engaged in the ministry of the Bethany Ashram in various offices such as Master of Pre-Philosophers, Master of Pre-Novices, Procurator and Rector of Bethany Ashram Pune. He was the Director of Bethany Vedvijnana Peeth, Institute of Oriental Theology Pune. He served the Congregation as a member of General Council for two consecutive terms.

His activities were primarily in the field of the organization of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the Extraterritorial Regions in India, especially in Pune. He also served the Archieparchy of Tiruvalla as its Judicial Vicar.

Presently he is the Postulator of the Cause of Canonisation of the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios and the Chancellor of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia. Besides Malayalam and English, he speaks Hindi, German and Italian and knows Syriac.?

He was appointed the Curia Bishop of the Major Arhiepiscopal Curia on 25 January 2010. He was ordained Curia bishop on 13 March 2010.

On March 26, 2015, Pope Francis appointed him as the first bishop of the newly established Exarchate of Khadki, near Pune in western India.
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