Daniel Acharuparambil

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Daniel Acharuparambil
Archbishop of Diocese of Verapoly
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Verapoly
In office 1996–2009
Predecessor Cornelius Elanjikal
Successor Dr. Francis Kallarakal
Ordination 14 March 1966
Personal details
Born 12 May 1939
Kerala, India
Died 26 October 2009(2009-10-26) (aged 70)
Kerala, India

Daniel Acharuparambil (12 May 1939 – 26 October 2009) was a Roman Catholic Indian archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Verapoly in Kerela. Ordained to the priesthood on 14 March 1966, he was named archbishop and was consecrated on 3 November 1996.[1][2][3]


Daniel Acharuparambil, the Archbishop of Verapoly, was a member of Discalced Carmelite Order, Manjummel Province, Kerala, India. He was born of Rocky and Monica Acharuparambil in Palliport, in Kerala, India, on 12 May 1939.

After his School-Leaving Examination he joined the Carmelite order at Ernakulam in May 1956. He completed his philosophy and theology courses at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye and was ordained priest on 14 March 1966. He acquired a bachelor-degree in Economics, Licentiate in Philosophy and a Master-degree in Indian Philosophy from University of Kerala, Pontifical Athenaeum in Poona and Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi respectively.

In 1972 he started teaching at Pontifical Urbaniana University (P.U.U), Rome. In 1978 Acharuparambil was awarded a Ph.D. from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, Rome with an dissertation entitled The destiny of man in the evolutionary thought of Sri Aurobindo.

In 1986 he became Dean of the Faculty of Missiology at P.U.U. From 1988 to 1994, i.e. for two terms, he also served as rector magnificus at P.U.U.

He was consulter of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue for 5 years from 1990. He was also consulter of the Congregation for Evangelization of the Peoples, a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Duologue.

He was nominated Archbishop on 5 August 1996 and was consecrated at Ernakulam on 3 November 1996 by Josef Cardinal Tomko, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome. The same day he received the Pallium.

He was the President of Kerala Regional Latin Catholic Council, President of Metropolitan Archbishop, President of K. C. B. C, Chairman of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, President of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council and Archbishop of Verapoly.

Life through years

  • 12 May 1939 - Born at Palliport
  • 14 Mar 1966 - Ordained Priest - Priest of Order of Discalced Carmelites
  • 14 Jun 1996 - Appointed Archbishop of Verapoly, India
  • 3 Nov 1996 - Consecrated Bishop - Archbishop of Verapoly, India
  • 24 Oct 2008 - Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Cochin, India
  • 8 May 2009 - Resigned Apostolic Administrator of Cochin, India

Teaching responsibilities

  • 1972 to 1996 Pontificia Universita Urbaniana
  • 1 March 1994 Ordinary Professor
  • 13 May 1981 Extraordinary Professor
  • 1973 - 1983 Pontificia Universita Lateranense
  • 1976 Pontificia Facolta Teologica,"Teresianum"
  • 1980 Visiting Professor, Teresian Institute of Spirituality, Kalamasery
  • 1977 Instituto Studi Asiatici, of P.I.M.E. Fathers Milano;
  • 1977 Seminario Vescovile di Padova; Intensive course on Hinduism .

Other higher responsibilities

  • 1986 - 1988 Dean of the Faculty of Missiology, P.U.U.
  • 1988 - 1991 Rettore Magnifico of P.U.U.
  • 1990 - 1995 Consultor of the Pontificial Council - for Inter-religious Dialogue
  • 1991 - 1996 Consultor of the Congregation - for Evangelization of Peoples
  • 1996- Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Diologue

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Acharuparambil passes away". The New Indian Express. : Oct 27, 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Kerala Christians mourn the death of Archbishop Dr. Daniel Acharuparambil". News Oneindia. October 26, 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-07.