Fr Varghese Pathikulangara CMI

September 2, 1987


August 22, 2020

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 Blessed 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, Bangalore since 1975.  Retired by March 2006.

 Was Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology in the Paurastya Vidyapitham, Kottayam since 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 (Since 1984, Manganam, Kottayam-686018), a Fellowship at the Service of the Church, which has published 65 volumes by 2007.

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

 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 resgnation in 1993 due to ill health.

 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.                                 

 Is 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)


 Updated on:  20 Nov 2020

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