Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Bharanikulangara
Kristuraja Cathedral Church Bhagat Singh Colony, Ballabgargh Faridabad,Haryana, Office : 8A/13, W E A Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110005
Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Bharanikulangara was born on February 1, 1959 in Karippassery (Moozhikkulam Forane). He completed his primary and high school studies at the Government Lower Primary School (Vattaparambu), at St. Mary's Upper Primary School (Moozhikkulam) and at the Government High School (Puliyanam). He did his Seminary studies at the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Trikkakara (1973-1976); Philosophy at St. Joseph's, Carmelgiri (1976-1979) and Theology at the St. Joseph's Seminary, Mangalapuzha, Aluva (1979-1983). He was ordained a priest on December 18, 1983 (by Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikkary).
He did his university studies in Malayalam language and literature from Kerala University (1984-1988) and P. G. Diploma in Journalism and Communication from Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan. He holds Licentiate in Latin Canon Law from Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (1989-90); Licentiate in Oriental Canon Law from Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome (1990-1991) and a Doctorate in Oriental Canon Law from Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, with research work on "Particular Law of a sui iuris Church: a Blueprint for the Syro-Malabar Church" (1992-1994). He had his Post-Doctoral Studies in Jurisprudence from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (1994).
As a priest he served as Assistant at the St. Mary's Forane Church, Tripunithura (1983-1988); as Acting Parish Priest at the St. George's Church, Thiruvankulam and at the St. Mary's Church Vimalagiri, Malayatoor (1988).
Archbishop Kuriakose also has specialization and diplomas in Religious Studies from the Congregation for Religious Life (1990); in Sacraments - Ratum et non consummatum (dispensation from a marriage), from the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments (1992) and in Canonization: from the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints (1993). He had his Diplomatic Training from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He has served as a diplomat of the Vatican for 18 years, including its nunciatures at the United Nations, in Iraq, Jordan, Venezuela, Republic of Congo and Gabon.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of Faridabad on March 6, 2012. He was ordained bishop on May 26, 2012. His installation took place the following day.