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Syro-Malabar appointment


Pope Francis has appointed Fr John Panamthottathil CMI as the second bishop of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle, Melbourne, to succeed Bishop Bosco Puthur.

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Established in December 2013, the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle was the second such eparchy outside India.

The Melbourne Eparchy’s jurisdiction includes all of Oceania and currently has 13 parishes and 37 missions across Australia, including three in Adelaide, and 16 missions in New Zealand.

Fr Panamthottathil was born in Kerala on May 31 1966. After completing his schooling, he joined the St Thomas Kozhikode Province of the Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).

He made his first profession in 1986 and solemn profession in 1994, and was ordained priest on December 26 1997. He was elected twice as the Provincial Superior of the CMI Kozhikode Province.

“I take up this appointment with a deep desire to serve the People of God in Australia and Oceania, entrusted to the task with the support of the Syro-Malabar community,” Fr Panamthottathil said.

Fr Panamthottathil’s will be returning to ministry in Australia, where he served for a number of years in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.


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