|Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore|
|Diocese||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore|
|Installed||10 July 2004|
|Ordination||21 December 1971|
by Daniel Paul Arulswamy
|Consecration||29 January 1997|
by Duraisamy Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy
|Born||17 July 1945|
Varadarajanpet, Tamil Nadu, India
|Parents||Antony & Collet Mary|
|Alma mater||St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary|
|Motto||Servire in Fide et in Amore|
|Coat of arms|
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. His episcopal motto in is Servire in Fide et in Amore, which means To serve with Faith and Love.
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 with co-consecrators as Archbishop Michael Augustine and Archbishop Aruldass James 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
- 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.
Before becoming Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore he has held the following posts:
- 1972-1976 - St. Joseph's Boarding, Cuddalore
- 1976-1981 - Higher Studies, Rome
- 1981 - Staff, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore
- 1982-1990 - Vice Rector, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore
- 1990-1996 - Rector, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore
- 1997 - 2004 - Bishop of Ootacamund
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
- Archbishop Antony Anandarayar at catholic-hierarchy.org
- Official website of Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
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|Catholic Church titles|
James Masilamony Arul Das
| Bishop of Ootacamund
2 January 1997 – 10 June 2004
| Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
10 June 2004–present