Bio-data (Longer version)

His Grace Archbishop Dr.  Kuriakose Bharanikulangara

Born 01.02.1959 

Currently in St. Augustine’s Parish Karippassery (Moozhikkulam Forane)

School education

Government Lower Primary School, Vattaparambu

St. Mary’s Upper Primary School, Moozhikkulam

Government High School, Puliyanam

Seminary education: 

Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Trikkakara (1973-1976)

St. Joseph’s Carmelgiri -Philosophy  (1976-1979)

St. Josephs’ Seminary, Mangalapuzha-Aluva (1979-1983)

Priestly Ordination

18 December 1983 by Bishop Sebastian Mankuzhikkary  at St Joseph’s Seminary,Aluva;

 First Holy Mass on 21 December 1983 at St. Augustine’s Church, Karippassery

University studies in Malayalam language and literature:

from Kerala University (1984-1988)

P.G. Diploma in Journalism and Communication:

BharathiyaVidhyaBhavanwith a paper on “Investigative Journalism”(rank-holder).

Pastoral Duties

Assistant, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Tripunithura (December 1983-February 1988); Acting Parish Priesst at St. George’s Church, Thiruvankulam.St. Mary’s church Vimalagiri, Malayatoor (1988)

Higher Studies

Licentiate in Latin Canon Law: Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (1989-90);

Licentiate in Oriental Canon Law: Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome (1990-1991);

Doctorate in Oriental Canon Law

Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, with research work on “Particular Law of a suiiuris Church: a Blueprint for the Syro-Malabar Church” (1992-1994)

Post Doctoral Studies in Jurisprudence: from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (1994)

Specialization and Degrees

Diploma in Religious Studies from the Congregation for Religious Life (1990);

Diploma on Sacraments - Ratumet non consummatum, from Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments (1992)

Diploma in Canonization: from Congregation for the Causes of the Saints (1993). With this background, Msgr. Kuriakose has been involved in the beatification process of Servant of Mariam Thresia, which was successfully competed together with Rev. Fr. George Nedungatt SJ, as Assistant Vice Postulator in cause of Bl.MariamThresia (1995).

Linguistic Preparation 

Diploma in Italian Language and literature from the Universita per gli Stranieri, Perugia

Diploma in French language from Institute St. Luis de Française

Diploma in Spanish language from, University of Salamanca, Spain

Advanced course of German langue and literature

Working knowledge of Hindi, Arabic, Latin, Greek and Hebrew

Diplomatic Training

Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (Diplomatic Academy of the Vatican).

Collaboration with the Roman Curia:In the Synod of Bishops on Religious life (1994) and on Africa (1995) Mons. Kuriakose has been selected as secretarial staff of the Synod; In the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church held in Rome (1992), he served as a local contact person and facilitator.


Parents : Alia and Late B.V. Antony 

Brothers & Sisters : Varghese, Sosannam (Thoppilan, Aimury), Bro. B.A. Kurian,Provincial of St. Gabriel Brothers’ Gauhatty Province; Devassikutty (Federal Bank), Johney (BSNL), Babu (AppoloTyres).

Home Address 

KuriakoseBharanikulangara (H), 

Karippassery,Vattaparambu P.O., Pin 683 579, ErnakulamDt, Kerala, India 

Tel: 0484-2473340 (E-mail: 

Office Address

Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara

Bishop’s House

1 B/3N.E.A., Old Rajinder Nager 

New Delhi – 110 005

Tel: 25759160,  E-Mail :


By His Eminence Cardinal Mar George Alencherry on 26th May, 2012 at Thyagaraja Indoor Stadium, New Delhi in the presence of a large audience including eminent prelates, Relatives, Ministers, political bigwigs, Diplomats, Bureaucrats and thousands of Faithfull.