4. Servant of God Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Attipetty, Ph.D., S.T.D., LL.D., nominated Titular Archbishop of Gabulla and Co-adjutor to Archbishop Angel Mary on November 29, 1932, was consecrated in Rome by H.H. Pope Pius XI on June 11, 1933. Dr. Joseph Attipetty assumed the reigns of administration on December 21, 1934 after the resignation of Dr. Angel Mary. He is the first indigenous Archbishop of Verapoly Archdiocese. His Pallium Investiture took place on July 25, 1935.
He expired on January 21, 1970.
The number of churches, monasteries, convents, seminaries, schools, colleges, technical institutions, printing presses, hospitals, homes for retired priests, home for the aged, social centres and various associations and institutes dedicated to intellectual and vocational apostolates that have come into being in this archdiocese during Archbishop Joseph Attipetty’s tenure of office is truly impressive. Archbishop Joseph Attippetty was declared Servant of God on 21st January 2020. On the demise of the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Attipetty, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Cornelius Elanjikal Ph.D., D.C.L., was elected Vicar Capitular on January 24, 1970. As he was nominated Bishop of Vijayapuram on February 15, 1971, Fr. Francis Payapilly was elected Vicar Capitular.
5. Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Kelanthara, M.A., M.Ed., D.S.Sc., D.C.L., L.L.D, the nominated Archbishop of Verapoly on January 16, 1971, was ordained Bishop by the Most Rev. Dr. Simon Lourdsamy, then Joint Secretary to the Congregation of the Propagation of Faith on April 4, 1971, became Ordinary on April 8, 1971. Pallium Investiture took place on October 29, 1973. He died on October 19, 1986.
He not only followed the progressive policies of his illustrious predecessor but also opened new avenues of apostolate in keeping with the changing times. His Holiness Pope John Paul II during the Pastoral Visit to India, presided over a Eucharistic Celebration at H.M.T. Grounds, Kalamassery whereafter he paid a visit to St. Francis Assisi Cathedral Ernakulam and stayed at Verapoly Archbishops’ House on 8th and 9th of February 1986.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Antony Thannikot, Ph. L, S.T.D., was nominated Titular Bishop of Tigillava and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Verapoly on December 19, 1978. He was ordained Bishop by His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Kelanthara, Archbishop of Verapoly on March 11, 1978. He expired on February 24, 1984.
On the demise of the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Kelanthara, Protonotary Apostolic Rt. Rev. Msgr. Emmanuel Lopez was elected Archdiocesan Administrator on October 19, 1986.
6. Most Rev. Dr. Cornelius Elanjikal, D.C.L., Ph.D., the Bishop of Vijayapuram was nominated Archbishop of Verapoly on February 11, 1987. He became Ordinary on March 19, 1987 and received Pallium on June 29, 1987 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He retired from the Office on August 5, 1996. He expired on 7th August 2011.
His term of office as archbishop is marked by a steady development in all spheres of life and activities of the Archdiocese.
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Etturuthil was elected Archdiocesan Administrator on August 5, 1996.
7. Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Acharuparambil O.C.D., M.A., Ph.D., was nominated Archbishop of Verapoly on August 5, 1996 and was consecrated on November 3, 1996 by His Eminence Jozef Cardinal Tomko, the Prefect, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome. The same day he received the pallium. He died on October 26, 2009.
Archbishop Acharuparambil had played a significant role in the all-round progress of the Archdiocese. His accent on community service led to the foundation of KRLCC, KRLCBC. Navadarsan and AISAT are initiatives of His Grace Daniel Acharuparambil to promote the education in the Archdiocese.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery, was nominated Titular Bishop of Buxentum and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Verapoly on November 25, 2006. He was ordained Bishop by His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Acharuparambil on December 28, 2006 at the National Shrine Basilica of Vallarpadom, Ernakulam. On the demise of the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Acharuparambil, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery was elected as Archdiocesan Administrator on October 26, 2009. He was nominated as the Bishop of Kottapuram on December 18, 2010.
8. Most Rev.Dr. Francis Kallarakal, M.A., S.T.L., the Bishop of Kottapuram was nominated Archbishop of Verapoly on February 20, 2010 and was installed Metropolitan Archbishop of Verapoly with canonical solemnities and rituals officiated by His Eminence Telesphore Placidus Cardinal Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi on Sunday April 11, 2010. He received Pallium on June 29, Tuesday 2010 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.
It is Archbishop Francis Kallarakal who made the historical declaration erecting St. Philomina’s Church Koonammavu as St. Chavara Kuriakose Pilgrim Centre in the context of the canonization of the Blessed Chavara Kuriakose who was the Vicar General of this Archdiocese and who spent the last seven years (1864-1871) of his life at Koonammavu being the Prior of six Monasteries of Verapoly Vicariat. The Archbishop was one of the principal concelebrants for the canonization ceremony held on 23rd November 2014 at Vatican, Rome.
The Archdiocesan Synod, celebrated from 8th to 12th April 2015, after 118 years, was a historical milestone in his tenure.
9. Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Kalathiparambil D.C.L.
He was nominated Bishop of Calicut on April 19, 2002, and was consecrated on May 19, 2002.
He served as the Bishop of Calicut for almost 9 years and was then appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants on February 22, 2011. On March 5, he was also appointed as a Member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Dr. Joseph Kalathiparambil was appointed as the Archbishop of Verapoly by His Holiness Pope Francis on October 31, 2016. His formal installation as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Verapoly took place on December 18, 2016.
He was appointed by the Holy Father Pope Francis as one of the members of the Congregation of Peoples for 5 years on October 13, 2020. This is the second time Archbishop is becoming the member of the Congregation.
The motto of the Bishop’s Coat of Arms is “Love is the greatest of all” (“Super Omnia Caritas”) (I Cor. 13: 13).