Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church


:   21 Apr 1956
Place of Birth
:   Trichur, Kerala
:   21 December 1980
:   Mar Joseph Kundukulam
:   10 April 2010
Consecration by
:   Mar Andrews Thazhath
Created Cardinal
Residentional Address
:    Major Archbishop’s House
Ernakulam, Kochi - 682 031, P.B.No. 2580, Kerala, India, Phone: 0091-484-2363664

Mar Raphael Thattil was born to Ouseph and Thresia on 21 April 1956 and was baptized on 30 April 1956 in Thrissur. Lazar (late), Thomas, Baby (late), Francis, Sosannam, Joy and John, are his brothers and sisters. After his primary education at St. Thomas College HS, Thrissur, he joined St. Mary's Minor Seminary, Thope on 04 July 1971. He completed his study of Philosophy and Theology in St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary Kottayam in 1980. He was ordained to priesthood by Mar Joseph Kundukulam in Thrissur Doloures Basilica on 21 December 1980. He did his higher studies in Rome and finished his doctoral studies in Oriental Canon Law. His thesis was on "Clerical Formation in the Syro Malabar Church: A Historico-Juridical Study".

After his ordination he served as Asst. Vicar, Aranattukara (1981-82), Fr. Prefect & Asst. Procurator, St Mary's Minor Seminary (1982-83), Acting Vicar, Koonammoochy (1983), Acting Vicar, Cherumkuzhy (1983). On returning back from Rome, he served in the Archbishop's house as Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, Adj. Judicial Vicar, Judge and later as Syncellus and Proto-Syncellus. He was the director of DBCLC & Catechism (1992-1995). On 20 January1998, he was appointed as the project officer of the new Marymatha Major Seminary, after a few months appointed as the first Rector of the Marymatha Seminary (1998-2006).

He was ordained as Bishop on 10 April 2010 and appointed as Auxiliary bishop of Trichur and Titular Bishop of Bruni. In 2014, he was appointed as Apostolic visitator for the Syro- Malabar faithful residing outside the territorium proprium. Pope Francis named him the first Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Shamshabad on 10 October 2017 and he was installed on 7 January 2018. On 8 January 2024, the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Synod elected Mar Raphael Thattil as Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, thus becoming the Father and Head of nearly five million Syro-Malabar faithful around the globe.

His enthronement as the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church took place at Syro- Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia at Mount St. Thomas, Kakkanad on 11th January 2024.

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