Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On February 24, 2020 the Holy Father, appointed Rev. Jose Chirackal, of the clergy of Tura, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Tura (India), currently parish priest of St. Luke's Church and Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, assigning him the titular seat of Acufida.
Rev. Jose Chirackal was born on July 14, 1960 in Karukutty, Kerala, in the Major Archdiocese of Syro-Malabarese Rite of Ernakulam-Angamaly. After secondary school, he left the State of Kerala, and moved to Shillong in 1976, for his ecclesiastical formation. He attended St. Paul's Minor Seminary, before studying Philosophy in Christ King College and Theology in Oriens Theological College, Shillong. He obtained a Baccalaureate in Arts, at St. Anthony's College. He holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Canon Law from the Urbaniana University, in Rome. He was ordained a priest on December 29, 1987, for the Diocese of Tura.
Since his priestly ordination he has carried out the following roles: 1988-1991: Parish vicar of St. Joseph's Church in Selsella; 1991-1995: Doctorate studies in Canon Law in Rome; 1995-2004: Rector of St. Peter's Minor Seminary, Tura; 2004-2009: Chancellor and Diocesan Treasurer; 2004-2011: Judicial Vicar and Diocesan Spokesperson; 2009-2011: Parish priest of the Cathedral of Mary of Help of Christians, Tura; 2011-2014: Rector of the Oriens Theological College, Archdiocese of Shillong and Secretary of the Commission for vocations and formation in the Nort East Region; 2014-2019: Diocesan Treasurer and Defender of the Bond of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Diocese of Tura. Since July 2019: parish priest in St. Luke's Church, Walbakgre, Tura and Director of the Pastoral Center. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 25/2/2020)