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Daniel Acharuparambil

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Daniel Acharuparambil 12 May 1939 – 26 October 2009 was a Roman Catholic Indian archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Verapoly in Kerela Ordained to the priesthood on 14 March 1966, he was named archbishop and was consecrated on 3 November 1996


Daniel Acharuparambil, the Archbishop of Verapoly, was a member of Discalced Carmelite Order, Manjummel Province, Kerala, India He was born of Rocky and Monica Acharuparambil in Palliport, in Kerala, India, on 12 May 1939

After his School-Leaving Examination he joined the Carmelite order at Ernakulam in May 1956 He completed his philosophy and theology courses at St Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye and was ordained priest on 14 March 1966 He acquired a bachelor-degree in Economics, Licentiate in Philosophy and a Master-degree in Indian Philosophy from University of Kerala, Pontifical Athenaeum in Poona and Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi respectively

In 1972 he started teaching at Pontifical Urbaniana University PUU, Rome In 1978 Acharuparambil was awarded a PhD from Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, Rome with an dissertation entitled The destiny of man in the evolutionary thought of Sri Aurobindo

In 1986 he became Dean of the Faculty of Missiology at PUU From 1988 to 1994, ie for two terms, he also served as rector magnificus at PUU

He was consulter of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue for 5 years from 1990 He was also consulter of the Congregation for Evangelization of the Peoples, a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Duologue

He was nominated Archbishop on 5 August 1996 and was consecrated at Ernakulam on 3 November 1996 by Josef Cardinal Tomko, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome The same day he received the Pallium

He was the President of Kerala Regional Latin Catholic Council, President of Metropolitan Archbishop, President of K C B C, Chairman of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, President of Kerala Catholic Bishops Council and Archbishop of Verapoly

Life through years

  • 12 May 1939 - Born at Palliport
  • 14 Mar 1966 - Ordained Priest - Priest of Order of Discalced Carmelites
  • 14 Jun 1996 - Appointed Archbishop of Verapoly, India
  • 3 Nov 1996 - Consecrated Bishop - Archbishop of Verapoly, India
  • 24 Oct 2008 - Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Cochin, India
  • 8 May 2009 - Resigned Apostolic Administrator of Cochin, India

Teaching responsibilities

  • 1972 to 1996 Pontificia Universita Urbaniana
  • 1 March 1994 Ordinary Professor
  • 13 May 1981 Extraordinary Professor
  • 1973 - 1983 Pontificia Universita Lateranense
  • 1976 Pontificia Facolta Teologica,"Teresianum"
  • 1980 Visiting Professor, Teresian Institute of Spirituality, Kalamasery
  • 1977 Instituto Studi Asiatici, of PIME Fathers Milano;
  • 1977 Seminario Vescovile di Padova; Intensive course on Hinduism

Other higher responsibilities

  • 1986 - 1988 Dean of the Faculty of Missiology, PUU
  • 1988 - 1991 Rettore Magnifico of PUU
  • 1990 - 1995 Consultor of the Pontificial Council - for Inter-religious Dialogue
  • 1991 - 1996 Consultor of the Congregation - for Evangelization of Peoples
  • 1996- Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Diologue

See also

  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Verapoly


  1. ^ "Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil" Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved 2014-08-07 
  2. ^ "Daniel Acharuparambil passes away" The New Indian Express : Oct 27, 2009 Retrieved 2014-08-07  Check date values in: |date= help
  3. ^ "Kerala Christians mourn the death of Archbishop Dr Daniel Acharuparambil" News Oneindia October 26, 2009 Retrieved 2014-08-07 

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