Saturday, January 13, 2018

Angelicum alumnus appointed as Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki of the Syro-Malabars, India




Rev. John Nellikunnel was appointed by H.H. Pope Francis as Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki of the Syro-Malabars, India, upon the resignation of H.E. Msgr. Mathew Anikuzhikattil.

Rev. John Nellikunnel was born on 22 March 1973 in Kadaplamattom, in the Eparchy of Palai. After attending Saint Joseph’s minor seminary in Kothamangalam, he took the institutional courses in philosophy and theology at the Saint Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor. He was ordained a priest on 30 December 1998, and he then exercised his ministry in various parishes. He was sent to Rome for higher studies, obtaining a licentiate and doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas. Returning home, he held the following offices: eparchial chancellor, secretary to the bishop, director of catechesis and the biblical apostolate, and professor and subsequently dean of the faculty of philosophy at Saint Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha.