Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakatt
Silver Jubilee Celebrations
A thanksgiving was offered at the Christ the King Metropolitan Cathedral, Kottayam
Kottayam Christ the King Knaaya as part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the consecration of Metropolitan Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, who was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Kottayam Diocese on 6th January 1999 and was installed as the Archdiocese of Kottayam on 14th January 2006 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome by Pope John Paul II. The celebrations began with a procession from the Bishop’s House courtyard to Christ the King Metropolitan Cathedral. The message in Latin and its Malayalam translation given by the Holy Pope Francis to Mar Mathew Moolakkatt who is celebrating his jubilee, was read by Archdiocese Chancellor Fr. John Chennakuzhy. Then Mar Mathew Moolakkatt Metropolitan lit the jubilee candle and presided over the thanksgiving sacrifice. Metropolitans, bishops, monastic superiors, vicar generals and priests participated as congregants. Major Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Mar George Alencherry of the Syro-Malabar Church delivered the homily at the Holy Mass. He said that Mar Mathew Moolakkatt is a great shepherd who is full of God’s love and is careful to copy the light of the gospel with equanimity and compassion. After the Holy Mass, Bishop of Vijayapuram Diocese Dr. Sebastian Thekkathecheril and Knanaya Catholic Congress President Babu Parampadathumalail extended their greetings.
Mar Andrews, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India inaugurated the various sub-committee activities of the Kottayam Archdiocese on the occasion of the Episcopal Jubilee. Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril welcomed and Geevarghese Mar Aprem gave vote of thanks. Members from various parishes and institutions of the archdiocese, consecrated societies and the general public participated in a representative manner.
On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Metropolitan Consecration, Mar Mathew Mulakat lit the Metropolitan Jubilee candle. (From left) Mar Joseph Srambical, Bishop Jose Kalluvelil, Geevarghese Mar Aprem, Bishop Sebastian Thekkathecheril, Mar Joseph Perunthottam, Bishop Sylvester Ponnumuthan, Bishop Jose Chituparambil, Mar Ephrem Narikulam, Bishop Jayce Atthikalam, Bishop Varghese Chakalaikal, Abbot General Giuseppe Kasetha O.S .B, Cardinal Mar George Alencheri, Archbishop Xavierios Kuriakos, Mar Jose Pulikal, Mar Kurian Wayalungal, and Mar Mathew Araikal.