Michael Arattukulam

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Michael Arattukulam
First Bishop of Alleppey
DioceseRoman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey
SeeRoman Catholic Church
Term ended28 April 1984 (retired)
SuccessorPeter M. Chenapparambil
Ordination29 August 1937
Consecration7 December 1952
Personal details
Born(1910-04-17)17 April 1910
Arthunkal, Alleppey, British India (present-day Kerala, India)
Died20 March 1995(1995-03-20) (aged 84)
BuriedMount Carmel Cathedral, Alleppey
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
ParentsAndrews and Rosamma
Alma materMangalapuzha Seminary

Michael Arattukulam (17 April 1910 – 20 March 1995) was the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey and an advocate of the Rotae Romanae[1].

His parents Andrew and Rosamma Arattukulam were members of the congregation of St. Antony's church, Perunnermangalam, Chennaveli. He was ordained on 29 August 1937.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey belongs to the Latin rite and was created on 19 June 1952 by the division of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cochin. Arattukulam was consecrated as the Bishop of Alleppey on 7 December of that year. Arattukulam actively participated at the four sessions in the second Ecumenical Council of Vatican held at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, during the period 1962–1965.[2] He was the first bishop to publicly criticize the "Indianization" of the Catholic Church's liturgy, although some Catholic groups have protested against the use of Hindu elements in the Mass.[3] Arattukulam identified the sanctity of Fernanda Riva's life, asked that her Cause for Canonisation be introduced.[4] Arattukulam founded colleges, schools, hospitals and other social service organizations and published two books on Catholic topics. Birth centenary was celebrated at St. Antony's church perunnermanagalam, along with St. Antony's feast in the month of June 2010.


Arattakulam held the degrees Ph.D., D.D.C.L, B.B.Sc.


  • St. Michael's College, Cherthala [5][6]
  • Alleppey Diocesan Social Welfare Society
  • St. Joseph's College for Women Alappuzha
  • Credit Union
  • Catholic Teacher's Guild of Diocese of Alleppey
  • Corporate Management of Schools (Diocese of Alleppey)
  • Suvishesha Bhavan[7]


  • Latin Catholics of Kerala
  • A study of the Inter Rites and Inter-Rite Conflicts in the Varapoly Seminary
  • St. Francis Xavier on the Malabar Coast (1968)

Translation to English : `Noticias do Reino do Malabar' [Information concerning the Kingdom of Malabar] (in Portuguese), By Joseph Kariattil


  1. http://www.dioceseofalleppey.com/vg/history.php?cmd=fbishops
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. http://archive.thetablet.co.uk/article/27th-may-1972/19/poland-of-hindu-elements
  4. http://canossasecondaryandheri.org/about-us/our-inspiration/
  5. http://www.stmc.ac.in/history/
  6. https://www.stmc.ac.in/about-us/profile/
  7. http://catechismalpy.com/about-us.php

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