Mar Pauly Kannookadan

He was born on February 14th 1961. He hails from the parish of St. Mary’s Church Kuzhikattussery of the Eparchy of Irinjalakuda. After his High School Studies at Aloor, he joined at St. Mary’s Petit Seminary, Thope, Thrissur. He had his philosophical and theological formation at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam. Bishop James Pazhayattil ordained him on December 28 1985. After serving as assistant parish priest at St. Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda he was sent to Rome for Higher Studies. He obtained Doctorate in Oriental Liturgy from the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome. He has served as vicar in various parishes of the Eparchy viz., Lourdupuram (Inchakundu), Murikingal, Thuravankunnu, Kottennallur, Kuthirathadam, Paduvanagar (Aikkarakkunnu) and Kuzkikattukon. He was also Assistant Director of the Better Life Movement (BLM) and the Mission Training Centre MTC, Aloor, Vice Rector of St. Paul’s Minor Seminary, Irinjalakuda, Secretary of the Pastoral Council, Director of Pastoral Center and Catechism (Vidyajyothi), Bible Apostolate. Justice Forum initiated by him was an efficient system for administering justice basing the principles of equity and charity with regard to the dispute of temporal goods or family related issues of the faithful of the eparchy. Prathyasa (Hope) is a Crisis Intervention Centre started by him taking into consideration the current moral problems of the youth and family. He was the Convener of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and General Convener of the Diocesan Silver Jubilee Celebrations. He was also the Visiting Professor of Liturgy to various Major Seminaries viz., Mangalapuram, Alwaye and Poonamallee. He is a prolific ecclesiastical writer. The numerous books published and edited by him attest to this fact.

The Holy See and the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church was appreciative of his generous and committed service as the Secretary of the Major Archiepiscopal Commission for Liturgy, Clergy, and Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Executive Director of Liturgical Research Centre concurrently. He deserves special mention for his laudable service as the Notary of the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church from 2005 to 2009. He was elected by the Synod of Bishops (in the Synod held in January 2010) and with the assent of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, it was officially proclaimed on 18th January 2010. The Episcopal Ordination and the Installation of the new bishop took place on 18th April 2010 in the St. Thomas Cathedral premises, Irinjalakuda. He is guided by the motto : Omnibus Omnia Fieri.

Bio - Data of Bishop Mar Pauly Kannookadan

Name :

Bishop Pauly Kannookadan

Date of Birth : 

14th February 1961

Feast : 

June 29, St. Paul

Palce of Birth : 

Kuzhikattussery, Kerala

Nationality : 


Father : 

Ouseph Kannookadan

Mother :


Brothers & Sisters : 

Johny, Sr. Mercelit FCC, James

School : 

Kombodinjamakal; RMHS Aloor

Seminary :

St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Thope,Thrissur

St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, 

Vadavathoor, Kottayam

Ecclesiastical :

B.Ph & B.Th & Licentiate

Doctorate in Oriental Liturgy from 

Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome.

Priesthood :

28th December 1985 

by Bishop James Pazhayattil 

at Kuzhikattussery

Appointments : 

Asst. Vicar, St. Thomas Cathedral IJK

Acting Vicar : 

Oorakam, North Chalakudy, Lourdpuram (Inchakundu), Murikingal,  Nellai, Nandikara

Vicar :

Thuravankunnu, Kottanellur, Kuthirathadam,



Asst. Director :

Better Life Movement (BLM);   

BLM Press, Keralasabha;

Mission Training College (MTC), Aloor.

Vice Rector : 

St. Paul’s Minor Seminary Irinjalakuda

Secretary : 

Diocesan Pastoral Council

Director :

Pastoral and Catechetical Centre (Vidyajyothi);

Catechism and Bible Apostolate; Justice Forum, Prathyasa and Theological Course for Laity

Convener : 

Diocesan Liturgical Commission

General Convener :

Diocesan Silver Jubilee Celebrations 2002-2003

Visiting Professor :

Mangalapuram, Alwaye, Poonamllee  

Major Seminaries, POC Ernakulam

Exec. Director : 

Liturgical Research Centre 2005-2010

Secretary :

Major Archiepiscopal Commission for Liturgy, Commission for Clergy and Institutes of Consecrated Life;  Syro Malabar Central Liturgical Committee

Notary : 

Synod of Bishops of the Syro – Malabar Church From 2005 – 2010

Bishop of Irinjalakuda :

Nominated as the Second Bishop of Irinjalakuda by Pope Benedict XVI and appointed by Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil on18th January 2010; Consecrated by Mar James Pazhayattil and Installed by Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath on 18th April 2010  at St. Thomas Cathedral Irinjalakuda

Chairman : 

Liturgical Research Centre of Syro -Malabar Church 2013-2019; Syro Malabar Social Mission Network (SPANDAN)

Chief Editor  : 

Thomas Christian Heritage 2008-2010Synodal News

Vice Chairman :

KCBC Commission for Theology (2012-2018); CBCMediaCommision & Vatican Radio; Commission for Social Harmony & Vigilance

Member : 

Governing Body of NBCLC Banglore, under CBCI; Syro Malabar Commission for Catechetics (2010-2016); Syro Malabar Synodal Commission for Liturgy; Synodal Commission for Media

Convener : 

Syro Malabar Committee for Major Archiepiscopal Assembly; Committee for Honors and Titles

Chaiman : 

NBCLC Banglore (CBCI)

Books Published :   

Classified Bibliography of the East Syrian Liturgy, Rome 1990   (Collaborator); East Syrian Lectionary, Rome, 1991; Kraistava Keralam, (Mal) Aloor, 1992(Ed); Mathabodhanathinu oru Margadeepam, (Mal) Irinjalakuda, 2004 (Ed); Syro Malabar Church Forty Years after Second Vatican Coucil. Kochi, 2007 (Ed); Mission Theology of Syro Malabar Curch, Kochi, 2008 (Ed); The Proclamation of the word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church, Kochi 2008 (Ed); Christology of the Syro Malabar Church, Kochi, 2008 (Ed); The Ecclesial Mission and the Pastoral Care of the Migrants of the Syro Malabar Church, Kochi 2009 (Ed); Ministry and the Life of the Priests of tne Syro Malabar Church, Kochi, 2009 (Ed); Holy Eucharist, (Mal) Palghat, 2009.