Alencherry was born on 19th April 1945 in the parish of
Thuruthy in the archdiocese of Changancherry as the sixth
child of the ten children of Mr. Philipose and Mary
Alencherry of whom two others are priests (Fr. Jose
Alencherry and Fr. Francis Alencherry, SDB) and one, a
religious sister (Sr. Cherupushpam, S.A.B.S.). Geevarghese
is his baptismal name. Mar George Alencherry had his
primary schooling at St Mary’s School, Thuruthy and
secondary education at St Berchman’s High School,
Changanacherry. He began his priestly formation in 1961 at
the archdiocesan minor seminary at Parel, Changanacherry.
While he pursued his studies in the minor seminary, he
obtained his BA in economics with second rank from St
Berchman’s College. After the minor seminary studies he
was sent to St Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Aluva where
he completed his philosophical and theological studies. On
18 December 1972 Cardinal Antony Padiyara, the then
archbishop of Chanagancherry, ordained him priest at St
Mary’s Church, Thuruthy, for the archdiocese of
Changanacherry. Later he continued his higher studies at
the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy from
where he obtained his master’s degree in first rank.
While Mar George Alencherry was pursuing higher studies at
Aluva he served also as vicar of the filial church at
Periyarmugham in the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.
After completion of studies at Aluva Mar George Alencherry
was appointed as assistant vicar at the Cathedral church
of Changanacherry and Director of the Archdiocesan Faith
Formation department. Thereafter, he served three years as
secretary of the Commission for Catechism of the Kerala
Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC). After his tenure in KCBC
he was sent to Paris for higher studies. There he pursued
his studies at Sorbonne University and the Catholic
Institute from where he obtained his doctorate in biblical
On returning to India in 1986 Mar George Alencherry was
appointed director of the pastoral Oriental Centre (POC)
at Palarivattom and deputy secretary of KCBC. He served
the Church in Kerala in that capacity until 1993.
Simultaneously he had served also as professor at St
Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor. He continued to
teach at Vadavathoor until 1997. From 1994 to 1996 he was
the protosyncellus of the metropolitan of Changanacherry.
When Pope John Paul II established the diocese of
Thuckalay on 11th November 1996 Mar George Alencherry was
appointed its first bishop. He was ordained bishop on 2nd
February 1997 at Thuckalay by Mar Joseph Powathil, the
then archbishop of Changanacherry.
As bishop Mar George Alencherry served the Syro-Malabar
Church in his capacity of the secretary of the Synod of
Bishops and chairman of the Syro-Malabar Major
Archiepiscopal Commission for Catechism. He has also
served as chairman of the Commission for Laity of the
catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).
Mar George Alencherry has to his credit a Book with the
title Morality Today and Tomorrow in Malayalam and a
number of articles on various topics in English and
Malayalam. The new major archbishop is proficient in
Malayalam, Tamil, English and French.
Mar George Alencherry has been elected the spiritual
leader of the more than 40 lakhs Syro-Malabar faithful
living all over the world.
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