Mar Sebastian Valloppilly


Mar Sebastian Valloppilly,

Mar Sebastian Valloppilly, born on 4th August, 1911, at Kodakkachira in the diocese of Palai had his secular studies at S.B. College, Changanassery and St. Xavier’s College Palayamkottah and Ecclesiastical studies at Papal Seminary, Kandy. He was ordained priest on 24th August 1945 and nominated Apostolic Administrator of Tellicherry on 31st December 1953. He took charge of the diocese on 19th March 1954. He was elected the first bishop of Tellicherry on 16th October 1955 and consecrated on 8th January 1956 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome by His Eminence Eugene Cardinal Tissarant. The diocese enjoyed his fruitful leadership for 33 years.


He sent his resignation letter to the Holy See on 4th August 1986 when he completed his 75 years of age, and his resignation was accepted on 18th February 1989 when Mar George Valiamattam was appointed his successor.


He was well known for his Gandhian way of life and commitment to temperance movement. Many secular awards were presented to him in recognition of his valuable services to the community in particular and society at large. His autobiography, ‘Daivam Nammodukoode’ (God Is With Us) portraits the true picture of Malabar migration of the middle of the 20th century. After his retirement he lived in the Archbishop’s house giving inspiration and consolation to thousands of his spiritual children. On 4th April 2006 he departed for his eternal reward.


Awards Given to Bishop Valloppilly
Fr. Abraham Parackal Memorial Award -1990
Kerala Sabha Ratnam Award -1992
Navajeevaparishath Award -1995
Kerala Sabha Taram Award -1995
Lions International Award -1996
Maryvijayam Darsana Award -1998
Ramasram Award -1998


Important Events in His Life
Born on : 4-8-1911
Priestly Ordination : 24-8-1945
Ap. Administrator of Thalassery : 31-12-1953
Episcopal Consecration : 8-1-1956
Erection of Mananthavady diocese : 1-3-1973
Erection of Thamarassery Diocese : 24-8-1986
Consecration of the Successor : 01-05-1989
Thalassery becomes Archdiocese : 18-05-1995
Ererction of Belthangady Diocese :24-04-1999
Navathi Celebrations : 04-08-2001
Episcopal Golden Jubilee : 08-01-2006
Died on : 04- 04- 2006


Edoor started its development in education and agricltural prosperity in the mid 1940s with the …

Edoor started its development in education and agricltural prosperity in the mid 1940s with the
Edoor started its development in education and agricltural prosperity
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