KOCHI, (Fr. Antony Kollannur) — On 24 August 2012 at 3.30 p.m (IST) at MountSt. Thomas, Kakkanad, the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-MalabarChurch at 12.00 noon at the Vatican simultaneously, the announcement of the appointment of two New Bishops in the Syro-MalabarChurch was made – Mgr. George Rajendran SDB for Thuckalay and Mgr. Jacob Muricken as the Auxiliary Bishop of Palai. They had received the prior assent of the Holy Father and the XX Synod (2012), Session 3 of the Bishops of the Syro-MalabarChurch now assembled at MountSt. Thomas elected them and the Major Archbishop through his decrees, Prot. No. 1670/2012 and Prot. No. 1671/2012 appointed them today.
The See of Thuckalay fell vacant when Mar George Alencherry assumed office as the Major Archbishop of the Syro-MalabarChurch on 9 May 2012. Since then the Fr. Philip Kodiyanthara was the Administrator of Thuckalay. Fr. George Rajendran is the second Bishop of Thuckalay. He was born on 14 April 1968 in the parish of Padanthalumoodu, of the Eparchy of Thuckalay. His Parents are K. Thomas and Omana K. (Mary). He took his first vows in the congregation on 23-5-1994 and perpetual vows on 23-5-2002. He was ordained priest on 29-12-2003. He had his philosophical studies in Nashik, Divyadan and Theological studies in Shillong. He was Asst. Headmaster in Guwahati DB School, Prefect of Studies in Savio Juinorate, Vice Principal of St. Anthony’s HigherSecondary School, Shillong and Vice Rector of the Minor Seminary. Presently he continues to be the Vice Rector of the Minor Seminary and Principal of St. Anthony’s HigherSecondary School. He has Civil degrees of I.T.I (Electronics), B.Sc., M.A. (Education), B. Ed. and M. Ed. He knows English, Tamil and Malayalam.
Mgr. Jacob Muricken belonged to Muttuchira Parish where St. Alphonsa grew up. His family is related to the family of the Saint. At present he is the Pastoral Co-ordinator of the Eparchy. He was born on 16-6-1963 and belongs to the Muttuchira parish. His parents are Late Mr. M.I. Joseph & Late Mrs. Achamma. He has M.A. in economics. He had his priestly formation at Vadavathoor. After his ordination in 27-12-1993, he served as Asst. Vicar, Kuravilangad (1994), Rector, Savio Home, Neeloor (1982), Vice Rector of Minor Seminary (1994-1997), Professor at Good Shepherd Minor Seminary, Karoor (1997-2002), Secretary to the Corporate Management of Schools (2002-2007), Vicar, Lourdu Matha Church, Chakampuzha (2007-2008) and Vicar at St. Francis Xavier Church, Neeloor. He is very good in Malayalam and English. The new Auxiliary of Palai is assigned the titular See of TINIS by the Apostolic See.