Diocese of Bhagalpur

Bishop Valiakandathil

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Bishop Kurien Valiakandathil

Chancery Office, Nawab Colony, P.B. No.61, Bhagalpur Bihar - 812 001- India

09431214785; 09801024352; +91 641 2400878 (o); +91 641 22301281 (p)

Fax :+91 641 2301281

bpkurien@gmail.com; chan_bpa@yahoo.com

Bishop Kurien Valiakandathil was born on Nov. 18, 1952, in the Elanjhi parish of Pala Diocese, Kerala state. He was ordained a priest on Oct. 28, 1977, and served as a parish priest for 12 years as well as Professor and Spiritual director at St. John's Regional Seminary before being appointed Bishop of Bhagalpur on Jan. 1, 2007. His episcopal ordination followed on February 27 that year. Prior to this he also was headmaster of St. John Britto High School in Mahesmunda from 1986 to 1997.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Thomas Khozimala (1996 - 2005)
  • Bishop George Victor Saupin, S.J. (1987 - 1993)
  • Bishop Urban Eugene McGarry, T.O.R (1965 - 1987)

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