About Bijnor Diocese

Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Bijnor

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Bijnor is a Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ecclesiastical territory of the Catholic Church in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, India. Its current Bishop is Vincent Nellaiparambil, who was consecrated bishop on 1 November 2019.

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Bishop Vincent Nellaiparambil

Bishop Vincent Nellaiparambil was born on 30 May 1971 in Arippalam, and grew up in Thottippal, Mulangue, Trichur, Kerala. He belongs to St John’s Forane Church, Parappukkara, Trichur District in the Eparchy of Irinjalakuda. He entered eparchy of Bijnor as a minor seminarian and attended St Joseph’s Minor Seminary in Kotdwar until 1990. After completing his Philosophical studies in St Joseph’s Regional Seminary, Allahabad (Prayagraj), he was sent for regency at St Stephen’s Church, Chandpur. After the successful completion of his regency, Brother Vincent went back to St Joseph’s Seminary for his theological studies. He then was ordained a Priest on 8 April, 1999 at his home parish by Most Rev. Gratian Mundadan CMI, the first Bishop of Bijnor. Soon after, he was appointed in various Mission Stations of the Diocese as Priest In-charge. He then left for Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore and then to Belgium (Louvain University) for studies and obtained a Licentiate in Systematic Theology in 2008. Upon his return, he was appointed Rector of the Diocesan Minor Seminary, Kotdwar and Coordinator of Formation of the Diocese. From 2012 to 2017, he served as a Resident Staff at St Joseph’s Regional Seminary, Allahabad. Then he came back and was appointed Priest in-charge of Mary Matha Church, Chinyalisaur in Uttarkashi district. He was installed as Bishop on 1 November 2019 by Major Archbishop George Alanchery at St Joseph’s School Campus, Kotdwar. His Coat of Arms is, “For God and Humanity through Love”.
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