|His Grace, The Most Reverend
|Archbishop of Verapoly|
|See||Archdiocese of Verapoly
Latin: Archidioecesis Verapolitanus
|Appointed||October 31, 2016|
|Installed||December 18, 2016|
|Ordination||March 13, 1978
by Archbishop Joseph Kelanthara
|Consecration||May 19, 2002
by Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil
October 6, 1952 |
Vaduthala, Kerala, India
|Motto||"Super Omnia Caritas" ("Love is the greatest of all")|
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
Ordination history of
Joseph Kalathiparambil (born October 6, 1952) is the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Verapoly. He was formerly the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. He also served as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calicut for almost nine years.
Archbishop Kalathiparambil is fluent in speaking and writing Malayalam, English, Italian and Latin.
Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil was born on October 6, 1952 in Vaduthala, a suburb of the city of Cochin in Kerala, India. Bishop Joseph was ordained a priest on March 13, 1978 by Archbishop Joseph Kelanthara of the Verapoly Archdiocese.He is specialized in Canon Law from Rome and was appointed Vice Rector of Collegio San Paolo in Rome from 1984 to 1989. Later he moved back to Kerala and was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Verapoly on August 15, 1989. He served as the Chancellor for the Archdiocese from 1989 to 1996.
He was granted the title of Chaplain of His Holiness, Monsignor, in 1989 by Pope John Paul II. On November 6, 1996, he was made the Vicar General of Archdiocese of Verapoly. He was advanced to the papal Prelacy of Honour on January 31, 2001. He served as the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese from 1996 to 2002. He was nominated Bishop of Calicut on April 19, 2002 and was consecrated on May 19, 2002.
He served as the Bishop of Calicut for almost 9 years and was then appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants on February 22, 2011. On March 5, he was also appointed as a Member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Dr. Joseph Kalathiparambil was appointed as the Archbishop of Verapoly by Pope Francis on October 31, 2016. His formal installation as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Verapoly took place on December 18, 2016. Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, and Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum were a part of the installation ceremony.
The motto of the Bishop's Coat of Arms is "Love is the greatest of all" ("Super Omnia Caritas") (I Cor. 13: 13).
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants
On February 22, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. After serving as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calicut for almost 9 years, Bishop Joseph returned to Rome to take up his new appointment. He worked under Pope Benedict XVI for two years until Benedict's resignation as pope. He continued to serve under Benedict's successor, Pope Francis. He has served mass with Pope Francis.
Visit to the Port of Tilbury, London
On September 28, 2011, a day before World Maritime Day, Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil visited the Port of Tilbury, the principal Port for London. The main purpose of this visit was to oversee the work of the Catholic Maritime Agency, Apostleship of the Sea. Bishop Joseph also attended the launch of the Maritime Piracy – Humanitarian Response Programme in London. This was one of his first official overseas visits as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.
Mass on cruise ships
On March 21, 2015, Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil celebrated mass on board the cruise ship Costa Fascinosa after five passengers from the vessel were killed in the Bardo National Museum attack. On October 16, 2015, he celebrated mass for the crew of MV Britannia when it docked in Civitavecchia, and on May 17, 2016, for the crew of MV Oceana.
- "Bishop gets post in the Vatican". The Hindu. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Mass for Tunis attack passengers". Apostleship of the Sea. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- "AoS celebrates Mass for Britannia crew". Apostleship of the Sea. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- "Mass for mv Oceana crew". Apostleship of the Sea. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.