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Rt Rev. Mar Joseph Srampickal

A profile of the Apostolic Eparch of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Great Britain, Right Reverend Mar Joseph Srampickal.

Apostolic Eparch for Syro-Malabar Catholics in Great Britain

Mar Joseph Srampickal was born on 11 August 1967 as the fourth son of late Mathai Srampickal and Aleykutty Mathew.

After completing his postgraduate studies (M.A. Political Science) and teacher training (B.Ed.) he joined Good Shepherd Minor Seminary Karoor on 1 June 1992.

He undertook ecclesiastical studies at Paurasthya Vidhyapitham, Vadavathoor (B.Ph.) and at Urban University Rome (B. Th. and Licentiate in Biblical Theology). He was ordained to the priesthood on 12 August 2000.

Mar Srampickal studied at the University of Oxford, England, UK (2001) and got his Masters in Oriental Theology (M.S.T). In 2002 he received his Masters in Education (M.Ed) from Mangalore University, Karnataka. He is proficient in Italian, English, German and Malayalam.

He assisted the Vicar, St. Alphonsa Parish, Mangalore, Karnataka, India (Diocese of Belthangady) between 2001-2002. He was formator at Good Shepherd Minor Seminary, Palai, for two years (2002-2004) and at Mar Ephrem Formation Centre, Palai, Kerala, India (2010).

He served as the spiritual father at Mar Sleeva College of Nursing and Mar Sleeva Students’ Hostel, Cherpumkal, Palai, Kerala, India (2005-2010). He was the Director of Evangelisation Programmes and Basic Christian Communities and prayer houses at Narianganam & Maridom of the Diocese of Palai (2010-2012).

During these years Mar Srampickal also served as the diocesan Animator of Charismatic Movement and Jesus Youth Movement in the diocese. He is the founder director of Mount Nebo Theological Study Centre, Vagamon started in 2012. He was the Master of Ceremony for the Episcopal Consecration of Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, Bishop of the Diocese of Palai on 2 May 2004 and for the Episcopal Consecration of Mar Jacob Muricken, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Palai on 1 October 2012. He served as the Secretary to Bishop of the Diocese of Palai during 2012 – 2013. He became the Vicar of St. George’s Church, Urulikunnam, his home parish in 2013.

Mar Srampickal was a Lecturer of Philosophy and Education, St. Thomas College of Teacher Education, Palai, Kerala India (2004-2005). He also taught Scripture, English and Political Science in the Good Shepherd Minor Seminary, Palai (2002-2004) and in the Mar Ephrem Formation Centre, Palai, Kerala, India (2010). In 2003, he taught Oriental Theology at Benedictine Monastery, Kappad and took classes of Religion, Morals and Values at Mar Sleeva College of Nursing, Cherpumkal during 2005-2010.

He is the Founder Director, Mar Sleeva College of Nursing and Mar Sleeva Students’ Hostel, Cherpumkal, Palai (2005-2010). He served as the Secretary of the Palai Diocesan Medical Education Trust (2005-2013). He was the General Convener of the 28th and 29th Diocesan Bible Convention, Bharanganam, Kerala (2010 and 2011).

Mar Srampickal was the Publicity Committee Chairman for the Missionary Meet of the Diocese of Palai held at Ramapuram on 30 April 2012 and the Chairman, Publicity Committee for the 30th Bible Convention of the Diocese of Palai held at Bharananganam from 19 – 23 December 2012. He became the Spokesman for the Diocese of Palai (2012-2013).

He was the Vice-Rector of Collegio Urbano De Propaganda Fide, Rome, Italy from 1 September 2013 until he was given the new mission to become the first Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Great Britain.

The Eparchy is located in Preston, in the Diocese of Lancaster, where the Cathedral dedicated to St Alphonsa can be found, along with the Registry and the Residence of the new bishop.

Bishop Srampickal was ordained in Preston North End’s Deepdale football stadium in front of a crowd of over 12,000 people on Sunday 9 October 2016.

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Contact

Bishop’s House
St Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
St Ignatius Square
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 1TT

01772 396065