Fr Varghese Pathikulangara CMI


With Pope John Paul II, September 2, 1987







Born on August 21, 1940 in Thamarachalpuram, Kizhakkambalam, Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese, Kerala, India.

Entered in the CMI religious community, (the first indigenous religious community in India, started by Saint Kuriakose Elijah Chavara in 1831 at Mannanam) in June 1956 and professed on May 16, 1961.

Ordained to priesthood on May 17, 1970 on the great Feast day of Pentecost.

Took Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of St. Anselm, Rome in 1981.

(Doctoral dissertation: Qyamtha u-Haiye u-Hudatha, Resurrection, Life and Renewal,   Theological Study of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Great Saturday and   Sunday   of Resurrection in the Chaldeo-Indian Church, Rome - Bangalore   Kottayam 1982)

Ordinary professor of Liturgical Theology in Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Bangalore from 1975 until retirement in March 2006.

Was Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology at Paurastya Vidyapitham, Kottayam, starting 1976.

Was Visiting Professor to Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune; St. Joseph's Seminary, Mangalore; St.Peter's Seminary, Christu Jyoti,Carmelaram, and Redemporist Seminary, Bangalore, etc. on demand.

Founder and Coordinator of Denha Services, Manganam, Kottayam - 686 018; a Fellowship at the Service of the Church since 1984, which has also published over 90 volumes till date.

Was Editor of the Spirituality Section of Christian Orient, An Indian Journal of Eastern Churches for Creative Theological Thinking, for 24 years until resignation due to health issues.

Was Editorial consultant to Dukrana and Kathiroli, Malayalam monthlies dealing with Liturgy, Catechetics, Ecclesiology, Church History, Spirituality, etc.

Was member of Central Liturgical Committee of the Syro-Malabar Church for several years until resignation in 1993 due to health issues.

Member of Societas Liturgica, the International Association of Liturgy Scholars;  -of Eastern Theological Association of India (ETAI), a Voluntary Association in India for in depth and creative study of Theological issues;  -of ASML, the Association of Syro-Malabar Liturgiologists;  -of ARAM, Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Oxford, etc. 

Among the Pioneers of Monasticism in the present day Syro-Malabar Church (Mar Toma Sahodarikal (MTS), Bet-Toma, Palamattom, Kurumpanadam - 686 536, Changanassery, Kerala, India, since 1989)


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