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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)