Bishop Christudas Rajappan was born on 25th Nov, the feast day of Christ the King. Out of the six sons of Rajappan and Anjelina family, he was born as the second child. He did his schooling at St. Helen’s, Lourdepuram and Leo XIII, Pulluvila. After completing minor seminary studies St. Vincent’s minor seminary, completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Papal Seminary, Pune. He was ordained a priest on 25th Nov 1998 for the Archdiocese of Trivandrum.
After his priestly ordination on 1998, he was a parochial administrator at the St. Nocholas’ church, Neerody. At the preceeding year he started working as the secretary to the Bishop Soosapakiam and as the Chaplain of the Catholic Jubilee Memorial Hospital & Hostel. From 2000 onwards for three years he was the Director of KCYM (Kerala Catholic Youth Movement) for the diocese. From 2002 he was working as a parish priest. After the successful completion of pastoral ministry at the parish of St. Magdalene church, Paruthiyur, in 2004 he left for studies abroad. He went to Austria for a German Language Course and then obtained a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology at Scalabrinian International Migration Institute, Rome (2005-2007). He also obtained a Doctorate in Missiology from the Urbaniana University, Rome (2007-2010). After returning he served as the Spiritual Director and professor at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye for three years.
Afterwards Bp. Christudas served as the Rector of St. Vincent’s Minor Seminary, Director at Board for Clergy and Religious and Parish Priest at Kochuthura ( Puthukurichy) St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
On February 2 the Holy Father, had appointed Fr. Christudas, as the new Auxiliary bishop of the diocese. His Episcopal consecration was on 3rd April, 2016.
He was recently elected as the Vice Chairman of Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Conference (KCBC) Youth Commission.
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