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Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil

Bishop Raphael Thattil, born on 21 April 1956 in Trichur, did his schooling at St Thomas College High School, Trichur and joined St Marys Minor Seminary, Thope on July 4, 1971. After the Major Seminary formation at St Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, he was ordained priest by Mar Joseph Kundukulam on December 21, 1980.

Mar Thattil obtained a Doctorate in Oriental Canon Law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He served as Asst. Vicar at Aranattukara (1981), Fr. Prefect in the  Minor Seminary (1982), Vice Chancellor of Curia (1988), Vice Rector of Minor Seminary (1991), Director of DBCLC and Catechism (1992-1995), Chancellor and Eparchial Judge (1995-2000), First Rector of Mary Matha Major Seminary (1998-2007); Syncellus and Protosyncellus (2007-2010). He has been instrumental in developing the Mary Matha Major Seminary. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Trichur and Titular Bishop of Buruni on 18 January 2010 and was ordained bishop on 10 April 2010. His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil, as Apostolic Visitator for the Syro-Malabar Migrant Faithful residing outside the territorium proprium in India on Saturday, 11 January 2014.