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Our Auxiliary Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil

Mar Raphael Thattil was born in Thrissur on April 21, 1956. After his school education at St. Thomas College High School, he joined St Mary’s Minor Seminary, Thope on 4th July 1971. Having his ecclesiastical studies in St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, he was ordained priest by Mar Joseph Kundukulam on 21th December 1980. He was appointed Assistant Vicar of Aranattukara Parish and then Fr. Prefect of minor seminary. He was asked to pursue higher studies at Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome and took Doctorate in Canon Law. On coming back he was appointed Vice Chancellor, then chancellor, Judge, director of catechism etc. When Archbishop Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy started Marymatha Major Seminary for the Archdiocese, he was appointed the first Rector of the Seminary. He was serving as Proto-Syncellus when he was nominated the Auxiliary Bishop on 18th January 2010. His Grace Mar Andrews Thazhath, Metropolitan Archbishop of Trichur ordained him bishop on 10th April 2010. He attended the course for the newly ordained bishops from 9th to 17th September, 2010 in Rome. As the bishop he had his first personal audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict IV on 13th September, 2010. In the Cultural Capital of Kerala he is the icon of inter religious fraternity.





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