The diocese of Jhansi was bifurcated and the Diocese of Gwalior was formed on 9th February 1999. Most Rev. Joseph Kaithathara was consecrated and installed as the first Bishop of Gwalior on 1st May 1999. The New Diocese had following stations at the time of bifurcation. St. John’s Cathedral Lashkar, St. Theresa’s Asram Chapel S. kampoo, St. Paul’s Church and School Morar, Holy Cross Church and School Datia, Jeevan Jyoti Ashram Shivpuri, Good Shepherd Church Girgaon, St. Francis Farm House at Malanpur, St. Thomas Church at Tekanpur, St. Mary’s Church and school Morena St. Michael’s Bhind and St. Peter’s Church and School Dabra. The growth of the diocese can be seen with establishment of stations like St Pius X Church and School Sheopur (1999), St. Vianney Pastoral Centre and Vianney school at Purani Chawni (1999), Gwalior Catholic Seva Samaj (2000), St. Kolbe Church and School at Indergarh (2000), St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary (2001), St. Antony’s Mission and School at Mohna (2002), Little Flower Mission and School at Badarwas (2004), St. Joseph Hospital at Kheriya Modi (2004), St. Joseph’s School, Kargawa (2014)St. Sebastian Mission at Khaniadhana(2016). After having given a long 17 years of selfless service to the Diocese of Gwalior as the Bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Kaithathara retired from his office in the year 2016. The year 2017 witnessed appointment of Most Rev. Thomas Thennat as the second Bishop of Gwalior and he was consecrated and installed on the 8th January 2017. A residential priest was appointed at Lourdes Mission at Karera (2017) by the late Bishop Thomas Thennat. His episcopate lasted only for one year and 11 months. Sudden demise of Bishop Thomas Thennat in a road accident on 14thDecember 2018 was a shock for the diocese. Holy Father Pope Francis on 31st May 2019 appointedMost Rev. Joseph Thykkattil, a priest of the Archdiocese of Agra as the third Bishop of Gwalior and he was consecrated and installed on 4th August 2019.
Bishop Joseph Thykkattil was born on May, 31, 1952 at Enamakkal in Kerala. He joined St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra, and then studied at St. Joseph’s Regional Major Seminary, Allahabad. He was ordained priest on 25 April, 1988. He served the archdiocese of Agra as vice-principal of St. Peter’s College, Agra, (1988-1990); as parish priest of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Agra (1990-1999); as parish priest at St. Mary’s in Noida (1999-2002); as rector of St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra (2002-2009); as parish priest of Sacred Heart Church, Mathura (2009-2012); as vicar general of the archdiocese of Agra and as parish priest of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Agra (2012-2018) also as vice principal at alpha school, Mathura, and as parish priest at St. Peter’s Church, Bharatpur (2018-2019). On Aug 4, 2019, Pope Francis appointed him bishop of the diocese of Gwalior.
Born: 22nd June, 1939;
Sacerdotal Ordination: 21st December, 1963, Episcopal Consecration and Installation: 01st May, 1999.
2017 - 2018
Most Rev. Thomas Thennat as the second Bishop of Gwalior and he was consecrated and installed on the 8th January 2017.
Called to eternal life: 14 December 2018.
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