Delhi Knanaites join the Gwalior crowd to felicitate the new Gwalior Bishop Most Rev. Thomas Thennat.
The new Bishop of Gwalior hails from St. Joseph’s parish, Ettumanoor. Knanites from all over India travelled all the way to Gwalior to witness to the Episcopal Consecration of Most Rev. Thomas Thennat. Clergy and Religious missionaries from every nook and corner of the country attended the ceremony and paid obeisance to the newly consecrated bishop. A large contingent of the Delhi Knanites, kcyl members and also came in to pledge their support to the new missionary Bishop of Gwalior, their close neighbor, led by St. Joseph’s Sisters and Fr. Jacob Thadathil.
Faithful from the bishop’s home parish, Ettumanoor, the immediate family of the bishop and his relatives flew in from Kerala along with their parish priests. Fathers Thomas Animoottil, Philip Animoottil, Luke Poothrukayil, Joseph Keezhangat, Regi Pulluvettam, Binu Cherukara and Tomy Thervalakattayil from the home Archdiocese. Visitation Sisters from as far as Khandwa also flew in to take part in the investiture ceremony of the new Bishop.
The new Bishop was ordained by Archbishop Abraham Viruthikulangara of Nagpur. Bhopal Archbishop, and the retired Bishop of Gwalior, Bishop Joseph Kaithathara were the co-consecrators. There were in total 23 Bishops including Archbishops.
Bishop Thomas Thennat is the first ever Indian bishop from the Pallotine congregation. Hence a large chunk of priests from the Congregation along with their general, Fr. Jose Nampudakom lent their presence to the august function. The presence of Religious Sisters from various congregations numbered about 250. Priests from different dioceses and congregations concelebrated in the Solemn High Mass.
Mar Joseph Pandarasseril, Auxiliary Bishop of Kottayam was a special guest representing the home Archdiocese of the new Bishop. Mar Pandarasseril draped the new Bishop with a shawl.
The consecration ceremony was attended by a 3000 strong congregation.
A Cultural program led by school children was showcased soon afterwards.
The program closed with a solemn lunch.
Fr. Chackochen Vandankuzhiyil