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CCBI gets new deputy secretary general

Father Alathara was serving as deputy secretary general of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council.

 
Father Stephen Alathara
Bangalore: 

The Latin rite bishops' conference in India has appointed Father Stephen Alathara its deputy secretary general and director of its office based in Bangalore on Sunday.

It is first time that a priest from Kerala was appointed to this office of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in India (CCBI), which has 130 dioceses and 167 bishops belonging to the Latin rite.

The office was vacant since Father Uduma Bala, who served in the position, was appointed bishop of Warangal diocese in Andhra Pradesh.

Father Alathara was serving as deputy secretary general of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, the forum of bishops of all three ritual Churches –Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syor-Malankara—in the state.

He was also spokesperson of Kerala bishops and director their Kochi-based pastoral center called Pastoral Orientation Center.

KCBC first appointed Father Alathara in 2007 and he was re-appointed thrice to different KCBC positions.

The priest of Veraploy archdiocese holds a doctorate in education and three post graduations diverse subjects such as in catechesis, hospital management and human resource development.

He was born in Idukki, Kerala and completed his seminary studies in Kerala and Rome.


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