The Holy Father, has appointed Fr. Christudas Rajappan, of the diocese of Trivandrum, India of the Latin Rite as the new Auxiliary bishop of the same diocese on February 2. Currently Fr. Christudas was serving as the Rector of St. Vincent’s Seminary of the said diocese, Director at Board for Clergy and Religious and Parish Priest at Kochuthura ( Puthukurichy) St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Fr. Christudas Rajappan was born on 25th Nov 1971 and after completing his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Papal Seminary in Pune was ordained a priest on 25th Nov 1998 for the Archdiocese of Trivandrum of the Latins. He pursued his studies in Rome and secured a Doctorate in Missiology at the Pontifical Urban University Rome.
After his ordination he held the Following positions:
1998-1999: Parish Administrator of the St. Nicholas Church, Neerody;
1999-2001: Secretary of the Bishop and the Chaplain of the Catholic Jubilee Memorial Hospital & Hostel;
2000-2003: Director of KCYM, Trivandrum;
2001-2007: Chaplain of the Catholic Hostel;
2002-2004: Parish Priest at St. Magdalene Church, Parthiyoor;
2004-2009: Doctorate student in Rome;
2010-2013: Spiritual Director and teacher at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye.
The Archdiocese of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) is one of the biggest diocese of Kerala having a Catholic population of nearly 2,50,000 people, even after the bifurcation of the Diocese of Neyyattinkara four years ago. The 75 parishes and 44 Mission stations of the Diocese are grouped together into 8 Vicariates in 3 Episcopates. At present there are 133 incardinated priests in the Archdiocese including those retired, studying and working for other Dioceses and 27 religious priests.
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