Alex Kaliyanil

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The Most Reverend

Alex Kaliyanil

Archbishop of Bulawayo
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Bulawayo
Appointed June 20, 2009
Installed September 12, 2009
Predecessor Pius Ncube
Ordination May 7, 1988
Consecration September 12, 2009
by George Kocherry
Personal details
Birth name Alexander Thomas Kaliyanil
Born (1960-05-27)May 27, 1960
Vallachira, India
Denomination Roman Catholic
Styles of
Alex Kaliyanil
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Alexander Thomas Kaliyanil S.V.D. (born 27 May 1960) is an Indian Roman Catholic missionary and the current Archbishop of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. [1]

Born in Vallachira, Kerala, Kaliyanil joined the Divine Word Missionaries in 1987 and was ordained a priest on May 7, 1988,[1] being sent to Zimbabwe the year after. He holds a Diploma in Economics from Mysore University, India. Since 1989 he has been a missionary in Zimbabwe, in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo, where he held the following positions: 1990–1992: Vicar of Holy Cross parish in Tshabalala, 1992–1997: Parish Mission Embakwe, 1997–2005: Parish Priest of St. Joseph Tsholotsho and Dean of the Southern and Northern Deanery, 2005–2008: Diocesan Bursar; since 2001: ex officio Director of the Catholic Development Commission (Caritas Zimbabwe) from 2008: Regional Superior of the Society of the Divine Word in Zimbabwe.[2] He became archdiocesan treasurer in 2005, and the local superior of the Divine Word Missionaries in 2008.[2][3]

On 20 June 2009, Kaliyanil was appointed the third Archbishop of Bulawayo by Pope Benedict XVI.[1] He succeeds the politically outspoken Pius Ncube, who resigned as Archbishop in September 2007 amid accusations of adultery.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Archbishop Alex Thomas Kaliyanil, S.V.D.". 
  2. ^ a b Palmo, Rocco (2009-06-20). "Out of Africa...of Sorts". Whispers in the Loggia. 
  3. ^ Pasipanodya, Nancy (2009-06-20). "Pope Benedict appoints new archbishop, replaces Pius Ncube". The Zimbabwe Guardian. 
  4. ^ Palmo, Rocco (2007-09-11). "Amid Adultery Scandal, Ncube Falls on Sword". Whispers in the Loggia. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pius Ncube
Archbishop of Bulawayo
20 June 2009 – present
Succeeded by