Kottayam: Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry the Former Bishop and First Archbishop of Kottayam Passed away today at 4.45 pm in Caritas Hospital. The Funeral will be held on saturday 2 pm at Christ King churuch Kottayam. Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry was born on the 11nth of September 1928 at Kaduthuruthy in Kottayam District. He was ordained priest on the 21st of December 1955 in Rome. He received doctorate in in Civil and Canon Laws from the University of Lateran in Rome and Master’s Degree in Politics from USA. He was nominated Bishop of Kepha and appointed Co-Adjutor Bishop of Kottayam on 9th December 1967. On 24th February 1968 he received Episcopal Ordination at Sacred Heart Mount, Kottayam from His Eminence Cardinal Maximillian de Furstenberg, Prefect of the Congregation of Oriental Churches. At the retirement of Mar Thomas Tharayil, he took charge of the diocese of Kottayam on the 5th of May 1974. In addition to Malayalam and English, he knows Italian, Latin, French and Syriac. He has served the regional, national and Universal Church in various capacities. He was a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Codification of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches and a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialoge. He served as the Chairman of the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India several times.
He was the Chairman of the St.Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Aluva and St.Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor and Vice Chancellor of of the PAURASTHYA VIDHYAPEETAM, Vadavathoor. He held offices in the KCBC Council and SMBC Conferences. He was a member of the Permanent Synod of the Syro Malabar Archiepiscopal Church and member of the Commission for Ecumenism and Particular Law.
By the Decree of “GOD OUR LOVING FATHER”, dated 9th May 2005, the Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil appointed Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry as the First Metropolitan of the newly erected Metropolitan See of Kottayam. Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil ordained and enthroned Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry as the Metropolitan of Kottayam at a Liturgical Service in Christ the King Cathedral Kottayam on 3rd June 2005. The Syro Malabar Synod has accepted his Resignation on 14th January 2006 and he was resting at B.T.M. Thellakom.
He was the eldest Son of Late Joseph and Annamma Kunnacherry. His Siblings are: 1. Late Mrs. Thankamma Kambakkalumkal, 2. Late Sr.Pius SJC, 3. Sr.Goretti SJC (Anugraha), 4. Mr.John Kunnacherry (Kaduthuruthy), 5. Dr.Josepheine (New Delhi), 6. Mr.Savio Kunnacherry (Kaduthuruthy), 7. Mrs. Ancy Vattathukandathil (S.H.Mount)
Fr. Shaji Mekkara