Antony Anandarayar

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Antony Anandarayar
Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
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DioceseRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
Installed10 July 2004
PredecessorMichael Augustine
Ordination21 December 1971
by Daniel Paul Arulswamy
Consecration29 January 1997
by Duraisamy Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy
Personal details
Born (1945-07-17) 17 July 1945 (age 73)
Varadarajanpet, Tamil Nadu, India
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsAntony & Collet Mary
Alma materSt. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary
MottoServire in Fide et in Amore
Coat of armsAntony Anandarayar's 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.[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 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[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 styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor
Posthumous stylenot applicable


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