Trivandrum (Matters India): His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Christudas Rajappan, of the Clergy of Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum, as Auxiliary Bishop of Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum and Titular Bishop of AvittaBibba
This ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016, at noon local time, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
Rev. Fr. ChristudasRajappan was born on 25th November, 1971, at Adimalathura, in the Archdiocese of Trivandrum of Latins. He entered the Minor Seminary in 1987, did his priestly formation at Papal Seminary, Pune, and was ordained Priest on 25th November, 1998 for the same Archdiocese. He served the diocese as Parish Priest at Neerody (1998-1999), Secretary to the Archbishop and Director of K.C.Y.M., Trivandrum (1999-2001), Parish Priest at Paruthiyoor and Director of K.C.Y.M., Trivandrum (2001-2004). In 2004 he went to Austria for a German Language Course and then obtained a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology at Scalabrinian International Migration Institute, Rome (2005-2007). He also obtained a Doctorate in Missiology from the Urbaniana University, Rome (2007-2010). On his return he was appointed Professor at the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye (2010-2012). Since 2013 he is Rector of St. Vincent Minor Seminary, Menamkulam, Director of the Board for Clergy and Religious, and since 2014 also Parish Priest of St. Thomas Church, Kochuthura.