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His Excellency Mar Joseph Kallarangatt , our patron and present Bishop of Palai is an academician, having great depth of knowledge in theology and sociology. He takes keen interest in promoting and making available professional education to suit global standards.
Bishop Kallarangatt was born on 27 January 1956 at Kayyoor. After his schoolings, he joined the Good Shepherd Minor Seminary, Pala for ecclesiastical studies. He completed his Major Seminary studies at St.Thomas Apostolic Seminar Vadavathoor and was ordained priest on 02 January 1982 by His Excellency Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil. He studied at the Pontificial Gregorian University, Rome and took doctorate in theology. His doctoral thesis was “The Holy Spirit, Bond of Communication of Churches: A complete study of the Ecclesiology of Yuves Congar and Nikkos Nissiottis”. In 1990, he was appointed Professor of theology at Paurastya Vidyapitham and St.Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor. In 2001, he was appointed the President of the Paurastya Vidyapitham, Vadavathoor and continued in the office till his appointment as the Bishop of Palai on 18 March 2004.
The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Joseph Kallarangat was on 02 May 2004 by His Beatitude Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop. Mar Joseph Kallarangat has published more than 30 scholarly books on theology and oriental liturgy. Ever since the beginning of his teaching ministry as a profilic writer he has been writing on various theological and secular topics in different international, national and local journals. At present, he is also serving as the Chairman of CBCI Doctrinal Commission; Chairman, KCBC Theology Commission; Chairman Syro Malabar Commission for Doctrine; and Director Board Member of the Liturgical Research Centre(LRC) at Mount St.Thomas, Kakkanad. In 2007, His Excellency celebrated his Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee. In February 2012, he is appointed as a member of the Catholic delegation of the Joint Commission for Dialogue with the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church and the Malankara Syrian Church.