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Archdiocese of Verapoly

Francis Kallarakal 
Francis Kallarakal 
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Francis Kallarakal 
c/o Latin Archbishop's House, Kochi-682 031, Kerala, India
+91 484, 2372892, 2380474
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Archbishop Francis Kallarakal  was born on Oct. 10, 1941 at Kottapuram in Thrissur district of Kerala.

After completing pre-degree course from St. Albert's College, Ernakulam, he joined St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Carmelgiri, Aluva, for pursuing studies in philosophy. He completed his theology course from Propaganda College, Rome and was ordained a priest on June 29, 1968. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome and post graduation from Fairfiled University, USA. When he returned from abroad in 1970, he was appointed secretary to the then Archbishop Joseph Kelanthara.

From 1978 to 1986, he served as the social action director of the Archdiocese. He was then appointed the adminstrator of St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, which is established and managed by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. In 1987, as the Diocese of Kottapuram was created through the bifurcation of the Archdiocese of Verapoly, he became the first bishop of Kottapuram.

Archbishop Kallarakal  is presently serving as vice-chairman of the Media Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, chairman of the Carmelgiri Pontifical Seminary Episcopal Commission and the Church's publication "Jeevanadam".

He also serves as the Chairman of KCBC's Commission for Justice and Peace, Director of St. John's Medical College, Bangalore and is President of Kottapuram Integrated Development Society.

He served the church in different capacities; he was the Chairman of Kerala Social Service Forum, Secretary to the Archbishop of Verapoly and the Director of Social Service Department of the Archdiocese of Verapoly. He was the Assistant Vicar at Pius X Church, Fairfield, USA.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the new Archbishop of Verapoly on Feb. 20, 2010.

Archbishop Kallarakal  speaks English and Malayalam fluently.

He Retired on Oct. 31, 2016.
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