HIS EXCELLENCY MOST REV. DR. ABRAHAM MAR JULIOS
His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Julios was born on 25 May 1945 to late Mr. Varghese Kakkanattil and Annamma Varghese in the village of Kallupara, Thiruvalla. Having completed his school education, he joined the Minor Seminary Tiruvalla in 1961. He completed his philosophical studies in St. Thomas Pontifical Seminary at Vadavathoor in Kottayam and theological studies in Propaganda College, Rome. He was ordained priest by Metropolitan Zacharias Mar Athanasios. After his ordination, he served as parish priest of Mycavu and Ounjil in Kozhikkodu. From 1974 to 1979 Fr. Abraham Kakkanattu was the Economus and the Director of the Social Service Society of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla. Meanwhile, he served as the vicar of the parishes of Thalavadi North and South. In 1978 he started Matha Senior Secondary School in Thumboly, Alappuzha. In 1979 he was sent to Rome for doing higher studies in Bible and completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Biblical Institute of Rome. He also pursued a Diploma in Eastern Languages. He completed his research from Urbanian University of Rome and secured a Doctorate in Biblical Theology. He also secured a Master Degree in Psychology from the University of Mysore. He is a linguistic scholar and is well versed in twelve languages. After the successful completion of his studies, Fr. Kakkanattu was appointed the Rector of St. Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary, Trivandrum. The construction of a new building for the seminary began during his time. He undertook journeys abroad and discussions and classes in the eparchies of Malankara Catholic Church with a view of gaining financial assistance for the construction. From 1990 to 1997 he was the vicar of the St. John’s Cathedral Tiruvalla and during this tenure he started St. John’s ITC in Tiruvalla. He had been the president of Horticulture Society for seven years. In 1997 he was appointed the vicar of Chengaroor parish and corporate manager of School Administration Board of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla. On 5 February 2001, he was appointed the Director of Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital, Tiruvalla. It was he who initiated the beginning of the Nursing College, Pharmacy College, Dental College, Medicity, Pushpagiri Heart Institute, Cyril Baselios Catholicos Hospital, Primary Health Centers at Pulikunnu, Perumthuruthy and Champakulam, Guest Houses and other related institutions. Also he relentlessly made legal fights for the constitutional rights of Self Financing Colleges and other Minority Institutions. On 18 January 2008, he was appointed the Metropolitan of the Eparchy of Muvattupuzha. He was ordained Remban on 30 January 2008 at St. John’s Cathedral, Tiruvalla. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos ordained him Bishop on 9 February 2008 at Cathedral of Muvattupuzha after the title Abraham Mar Julios.