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Diocese of Idukki

Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil
Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil
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Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil
Bishops House, Karimpan, Manippara. P.O, Idukki- 685 602, Kerala, India
+ 91 9447 293291 ,+91 4862 230 204
Fax :+91 4862 230 151
[email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil was born on Sept. 23, 1942 at Kadaplamattam, in the diocese of Palai. On completion of school education, he joined the St. Joseph's Minor Seminary, Kothamangalam in 1961. He completed his philosophical and theological studies at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam. He was ordained a priest on March 15, 1971 by Bishop Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhi.

He served as the assistant parish priest of St. George's Cathedral, Kothamangalam and later he was appointed parish priest of St. Joseph's church, Josegiri, and thereafter at Ezhukumvayal, Churuly, and Neyyassery for short periods. He also served the diocese in the capacity of the Director of Jeevajyothi, the diocesan pastoral centre at Muvattupuzha, the director of the family apostolate and as the Press Manager.

He completed his doctorate in Liturgical Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He was appointed as the Chancellor and Secretary to the diocese. He was also a visiting professor of Paurastya Vidyapitam, Vadavathoor. In 1999 he was appointed as the Rector of St. Joseph's minor seminary, Kothamangalam.

Pope John Paul II appointed him as the first Bishop of Idukki, when Idukki diocese was formed, bifurcating the diocese of Kothamangalam in 2003. He was consecrated bishop on March 2, 2003.

At present he also serves as the Chairman of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) Family Commission, Member of KCBC Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Backward Caste Commission, and Member of the Syro Malabar Synodal Commission for St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha, Aluva.
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