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Retired bishop in southern India dies at 77

Stephen Athipozhiyil, Bishop Emeritus of Alleppey, Kerala, India (Photo supplied)

A retired bishop in the southern Indian state of Kerala died due to cardiac arrest on April 9.
Stephen Athipozhiyil, Bishop Emeritus of Alleppey, Kerala at 8.15 in the evening at St. Sebastian, Visitation Hospital, Arthunkal, Alleppey. He was 77, says a report from Father Stephen Alathara, deputy secretary general of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in India.
The Funeral will be held on April 12 at Mount Carmel Cathedral at 10.30 in the morning.
Athipozhiyil was born on May 18, 1944, in Alleppey. He was ordained priest at Mount Carmel Cathedral, by Bishop Michael Arattukulam on October 5, 1969.
He served as prefect of the diocesan minor seminary and as parish priest in Omanappuzha.
After earning an philosophy from University College, Trivandrum, in 1982, he was appointed rector of the minor seminary and manager of Leo XIII High School.
He was on the teaching staff of St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Aluva. He served the diocese as the consultor and the executive director of the dioceses social welfare society.
He was appointed coadjutor bishop with right of succession on November 16, 2000, at the age of 56.
He was ordained Bishop on February 11, 2001, and he succeeded Bishop Peter M. Chenaparampil on December 9, 2001, as Bishop of Alleppey.
He was retired from active episcopal ministry on October 11, 2019. He is a priest for 52 years and a bishop for 21 years. 


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