Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath
MAR SEBASTIAN ADAYANTHRATH- Bishop of Mandya
Born on 23 November 1957 of Ouseph Chacko and Thresiamma at Vaikom in Kerala State. Father Sebastian had his school education at St. Joseph’s L.P. School, St. Theresa’s High School and government High School Vaikom from 1963 to 1973. He joined the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly on 1st July 1973. Three years later he was sent to Papal Seminary, Pune where he did his Seminary studies from 1976 to 1983 and was ordained priest on 18th December 1983 by Bishop Sebastian Mankuzhikary at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye. After the ordination Fr. Sebastian took a Master’s Degree in Theology from Jnana-DeepaVidyapeeth, Pune. During his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese he served as parish priest and secretary to the late Cardinal Antony Padiyara. His most pioneering assignment was as Executive Director of ‘Save A Family Plan’, in Canada, an international organisation assisting the most vulnerable families. He did that ministry from 1989 to 2002 with a real concern to help poor families on their journey towards gaining human dignity and self respect.
His appointment as Bishop Auxiliary of Ernakulam-Angamaly and titular Bishop of Macriana Maggiore (in ancient Byzantium, Turkey) was announced on 4 February 2002 and was consecrated Bishop on 20 April 2002 by Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulum. Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath, the Syncellus was appointed the Protosyncellus on 10th September 2012.
Bishop Sebastian was appointed to Mandya diocese on 30th August 2019 and was installed on September 8, 2019. He is the third bishop of Mandya.