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Indian Latin-rite bishops’ body names veteran priest for family apostolate

Father Arul Raj Gali (Photo supplied)

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) named a veteran Father Arul Raj Gali as the new executive secretary of the CCBI Commission for Family. 

He belongs to the congregation for Holy Cross, the province of South India. 

The appointment was made by the executive committee meeting of the CCBI held on September 21, in Bangalore.

The CCBI Family Commission secretariat is in Shanti Sadan, Benaulim, Goa, western India. 

He will operate from the CCBI Secretariat in Goa from the first week of December. 

Father Arul is a veteran missionary who has worked for years in a family apostolate. 

From 2007 to 2011, he served as executive secretary of the CCBI Commission for Family. The current appointment will be his second stint in the same position.

He was born on November 4, 1953, at Manambathy Kandigai, Kanchipuram District, Tamilnadu, south India.

He hails from a traditional Catholic family. He grew up with faith and moral values. He was very intellectual when he was young. 

He completed his high school at St. Joseph’s High School, Trichy. 

He had a strong desire to become a priest. So he realized his call and joined the Congregation of Holy Cross of the Province of South India, he completed his college studies at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore and made his first religious profession on May 25, 1975. He did his philosophy and theology studies at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), a pontifical institute in Pune, western India. 

He made his final profession on September 15, 1980. He was ordained a priest on May 5, 1981.

He served in various places as a rector and novice master for so many years. He not only served in India he served in other countries too. 

With his selfless service, he became a predominant person in Catholic Church, especially in the congregation of the Holy Cross.  

His previous assignments were Rector of the formation house in Aymanam, Kottayam, Kerala (1981-1987), Rector of formation house in Somarasampettai, Trichy (1987-1989); novice master at Holy Cross Novitiate Yercaud, Salem (1991-1998).

He served at the Holy Cross Genaeralate, Rome (1998-2004), as director of Holy Cross Family Ministries, Bangalore (2011-2020), and as director of the Peyton institute of families, Bangalore (2020-2022). - Vincent Jeyaraj Johnson 


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