Ref: CBCI-Gen/Cir-13/2019 31st May, 2019
TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HIERARCHY
Sub: Rev. Fr. Joseph Thykkattil appointed as Bishop of Gwalior.
Your Eminence, Your Beatitude, Your Excellency, Your Grace, Your Lordship,
In the light of the Communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed, Rev. Fr. Joseph Thykkattil of the Clergy of Agra, as Bishop of the Diocese of Gwalior.
This provision was made public in Rome on Friday, 31st May, 2019, at noon local time, corresponding to 15:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
Rev. Fr. Joseph Thykkattil was born on 31st May, 1952 at Enamakkal, in Kerala. He joined St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra and then studied at Regional Major Seminary St. Joseph’s, Allahabad. He was ordained Priest on 25th April, 1988. He served the Archdiocese of Agra as Vice-Principal of St. Peter’s College, Agra (1988-1990); as Parish Priest of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Agra (1990-1999); as Parish Priest at St. Mary’s in Noida (1999-2002); as Rector of St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra (2002-2009); as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Mathura (2009-2012); as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Agra and as Parish Priest of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Agra (2012-2018) and as Parish Priest at St. Peter’s Church, Bharatpur (2018-2019).
We send our prayerful greetings and best wishes to Bishop-elect Joseph Thykkattil, welcome him to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and let us entrust to the intercession of the Virgin Mary the episcopal ministry of the new Bishop.
Yours Sincerely in Our Lord,
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX
Secretary General, CBCI