Antony Anandarayar

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The Most Reverend
Antony Anandarayar
Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
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Diocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
Installed 10 July 2004
Predecessor Michael Augustine
Ordination 21 December 1971
by Daniel Paul Arulswamy
Consecration 29 January 1997
by Duraisamy Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy
Rank Archbishop
Personal details
Born (1945-07-17) 17 July 1945 (age 71)
Varadarajanpet, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Pondicherry
Parents Antony & Collet Mary
Alma mater St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary
Motto Servire in Fide et in Amore
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Monsignor Antony Anandarayar, born on 18 July 1945 in Varadarajanpet (Kumbakonam Diocese, Tamil Nadu, India), is the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore.[1][2] His episcopal motto in is Servire in Fide et in Amore, which means To serve with Faith and Love.

He is well versed in Tamil, English, German, French, Italian, and Kanada. He has a doctorate in Missiology and a Doctorate in Canon Law

He was ordained priest on 21 December 1971. He was nominated as bishop of Ootacamund on 12 January 1997 and was consecrated by Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy on 29 January 1997.

He was nominated as archbishop for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore on 10 June 2004 and installed on 5 July 2004.

He received the pallium on 6 September 2004 from Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintania, the nuncio to India.

Current Positions Held[edit]

Archbishop Antony Anandarayar with Pope Benedict XVI
  • Chairman, CCBI Commission for Canon law and other legislative texts.
  • Vice- President, Tamil Nadu Bishop’s Council
  • Chairman, TNBC Commission for Liturgy
  • Member, Board of Administration, Good Shepherd Seminary, Coimbatore
  • Member, Board of Administration, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore
  • President, St. John’s Propaedeutic Seminary, Cuddalore-1
  • Chairman, Board of Administration, archdiocese of Pondicherry, Pondicherry
  • Director General, The South Arcot Diocesan Corporation, Cuddalore
  • President, Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society, Pondicherry
  • President, South Arcot Multipurpose Social Service Society, Vikravandy
  • President of all the commissions in the Archdiocese
  • President, Archdiocesan Education and Employment Bureau.

Past career[edit]

Before becoming Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore he has held the following posts:

Styles of
Antony Anandarayar
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable


  1. ^ Archbishop Antony Anandarayar at
  2. ^ Official website of Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Masilamony Arul Das
Bishop of Ootacamund
2 January 1997 – 10 June 2004
Succeeded by
Amalraj Arulappan
Preceded by
Michael Augustine
Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
10 June 2004–present