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Diocese of Satna

Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC
Bishop Mar Mathew  Vaniakizhakkel VC
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Bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC
Bishop's House Address: Rewa Road P.B. No. 22, Satna Madhya Pradesh - 485 001, India
+91 7672 224167, 225506, 09424733523
Fax :+91 7672 225667
[email protected]

Bishop Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC was born on Dec. 22, 1945 at Vandamattam in the eparchy of Kothamangalam. After his school years in Vandamattam, Kodikulam and Thodupuzha, he joined the Minor Seminary of the Vincentian Congregation at Angamaly in 1963. After his major seminary formation at Carmelgiri and Mangalapuzha, Aluva, he was ordained a priest on Dec. 18, 1972.

Bishop Vaniakizhakkel completed his Master of Theology from the same seminary and was assigned the offices of the Director of St. Vincent's Balanagar, Estate Manager and Assistant Novice Master at Balasugiri, Wayanad. In 1977, he was appointed Secretary to the Bishop of Satna, Mar Abraham Mattam and later parish priest of St. Michael's Church, Kailaspur. In 1980 he was sent for Doctorate in Spiritual Theology from Angelicum, Rome. On his return he was appointed Director of the Pastoral Centre of the Diocese of Satna. In 1990 he was appointed Novice Master and in 1993 elected Provincial of the St. Thomas Vice-Province, Rewa. Upon finishing his term, he was appointed Rector of the De Paul Institute Religion and Philosophy, Bangalore.

Bishop Vaniakizhakkel was appointed Bishop of Satna on Dec. 23, 1999 and was ordained bishop on April 12, 2000.

Bishop Mathew Vaniakizhakkel stepped down from his post on August 27, 2014, citing health reasons, more than a year ahead of the canonical year of retirement for Catholic prelates.
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