Rt Rev Mar Joseph Srampickal

Apostolic Eparch for Syro-Malabar Catholics in Great Britain

Bishop Joseph Srampickal, Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Great Britain

The Right Reverend Mar Joseph Srampickal is the Eparchial Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Great Britain.

Bishop Joseph (Benny Mathew) Srampickal was born on 30 May 1967 in Poovarany, in the Eparchy of Palai.

He entered the minor seminary and he studied philosophy at St Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, and theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in biblical theology. He continued his studies at Oxford. He speaks Malayalam, English, Italian and German.

Ordained a priest on 12 August 2000, he has held the following positions: Professor at the minor seminary and Ephrem Formation Centre of Pala; Director of the Mar Sleeva Nursing College, Cherpumkal; Director of the Evangelization Programme; Secretary of the Bishop; Pastor at Urulikunnam. From 2013 he has been Vice Rector of the Pontifical Urbaniana College of the Propaganda Fide, Rome.

The Eparchy is located in Preston, in the Diocese of Lancaster, where the Cathedral dedicated to St Alphonsa can be found, along with the Registry and the Residence of the new bishop.

Bishop Srampickal was ordained in Preston North End's Deepdale football stadium in front of a crowd of over 12,000 people on Sunday 9 October 2016.