New bishop for Oriental Chanda diocese
Father Ephrem Nariculam was a pastor in Ernakulam and Delhi before serving the Eparchy of Chanda, where he was Rector of the Minor Seminary for seven years.
Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Vijay Anand Nedumpuram of Chanda diocese and appointed Father Ephrem Nariculam as the new prelate of this Syro-Malabar diocese.
The new bishop belongs to the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese based in Kerala, the base of this Oriental Church. He has been the chaplain of the Syro-Malabar Community in Toronto (Canada) when appointed bishop.
Bishop Vijay Anand Nedumpuram tendered resignation upon reaching 75, the canonical age of retirement.
Bishop elect Narikulam was born on December 10, 1960 at Sanjopuram in the Archeparchate of Ernakulam-Angamaly, where he was ordained a priest on December 27, 1986.
He completed his ecclesiastical studies at Poonamallee and Bangalore, where he earned a doctorate in Spiritual Theology at Saint Peter's pontifical Institute. He speaks Hindi and Marathi, in addition to English and Malayalam.
He was a pastor in Ernakulam and Delhi before serving the Eparchy of Chanda, where he was Rector of the Minor Seminary for seven years.
When in Canada, he was lecturer at the Toronto School of Theology, coordinator of Toronto Priestly Formation at St. Augustine's Seminary and chaplain of the Syro-Malabar community.