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    >>  Mar Sebastian Vallopilly
 
           Mar Sebastian Vallopilly born on 4th August, 1911 at Kudakkachira in the then eparchy of Changanacherry (now in Pala) had his secular studies at SB College, Changanacherry and St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai. He had his priestly training at Papal Seminary, Candy in Sri Lanka. On 24th August, 1945 he was ordained a priest for the diocese of Changanacherry. He served the diocese as assistant parish priest, spiritual father in the Minor Seminary. After completing Bachelor of Training at Govt. Training College, Trivandrum he became a High School teacher and Head Master. When the diocese of Pala was established in 1950 he became a priest of that diocese. When the Diocese of Tellicherry was erected for the Syro Malabar migrants in the erstwhile Malabar District on 31st December, 1953 he was appointed as its first Apostolic Administrator. He took charge of the diocese on 19th March, 1954. He was elected as the first bishop of Tellicherry on 16th October 1955 and ordained on 8th January, 1956 in St. Peter’s Basilica by Cardinal Eugene Tisserant.

               As the first bishop of Tellicherry he rendered yeomen service for the uplift of the Syro Malabar migrant community and the people of Malabar area at large. He led a crusade against social evils, especially alcoholism. During his tenure as Bishop, Tellicherry was bifurcated in 1973 and again in 1986 and the dioceses of Mananthavady and Thamarassery were created respectively. At the completion of retirement age he resigned and his resignation was accepted on 18th February, 1989 and Fr. George Valiamatam was appointed as the second bishop of Tellicherry. He was ordained bishop on 1st May, 1989 and he took charge on the same day. Bishop Mar Valloppilly led his retired life in Tellicherry. He was called to eternal rest on 4th April, 2006 and was buried in St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church at Tellicherry on 6th April, 2006.



   
 
           Archbishop Mar George Valiamattam was born on 16th September 1938 at Punnathara in the Archdiocese of Changanassery as the eldest son of Thomas and Annamma Valiamattam. Later, his family migrated to Kodancherry in Calicut District. He had his school education at Nariveli and Punnathara. After his minor seminary formation in st. Mary's Thop Minor seminary, Thrissur, he joined Carmelgiri seminary, Aluva for Philosophical studies. His theological studies were done at the Urban University, Rome. He was ordained priest by Mar Sebastian Valloppilly on 30th November 1963 in Rome. After his ordination he obtained his doctoral degree in theology from the Gregorian University, Rome in 1967.

           He served the diocese as assistant vicar of St. Mary's Church, Kodancherry, Vicar of St. Mary's Church, Thalanji, and Secretary to the Bishop, Chancellor of the diocese, Diocesan Director of Catechism and Mission League and as Rector of the Minor Seminary. He served in the diocese of Thamarassery in the capacity of chancellor, secretary and Director of Catechism. When nominated the second Bishop of Tellicherry, he was the Forane Vicar at St. Thomas Forane Church, Shirady.

           
He was consecrated Bishop at St. Joseph's Cathedral Tellicherry by His Eminence Antony Cardinal Padiyara, assisted by Mar Joseph Powathil, Archbishop of Changanassery and Mar Sebastian Valloppilly, on May 1st, 1989 and assumed office on the same day.

           When the diocese of Tellicherry was raised to the status of Metropolitan Archdiocese, he was promoted and appointed as its first Metropolitan Archbishop on 18th May, 1995. He was enthroned as the Archbishop on July 24th 1995, at a solemn ceremony in St. Joseph's Cathedral presided over by the Major Archbishop His Eminence Antony Cardinal Padiyara.

           He served the Church in India as the Vice President of CBCI and its Standing Committee member. He was a member of the Permanent Synod of the Syro Malabar Church. He was the Episcopal advisor of INFAM since its inception in 2013 and is the Chairman of the synodal Commission for the Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth. At the completion of retirement age he resigned and his resignation was accepted on 29th September, 2014. Mar George Njaralakatt was elected as the new Archbishop on the same day.  In a solemn ceremony, he  was installed as the Archbishop of Tellicherry on 30th October, 2014.

    
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