Some distinguished “Children of Our Lady

His Grace Most Rev. Dr.
(Late) Daniel Acharuparambil OCD

Daniel Acharuparambil (12 May 1939 – 26 October 2009) was a Roman Catholic archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Verapoly. Ordained to the priesthood on 14 March 1966, he was named archbishop and was ordained on 3 November 1996.

He was the head of the Latin Catholic hierarchy in Kerala Region. He was belongs to the OCD congregation. Acharuparambil taught in various theological institutes in Rome for more than two decades before taking charge as the head of the Verapoly diocese. He held a doctorate in Indian philosophy.

Bro. (Late) Rockey Palackal OCDApostle of the out castes

A great missionary in 19th Century and a man behind the Diocese of Vijayapuram. Read about him from the Diocesan website of  Vijayapuram  (

The arrival of Bro. Rocky Palackal OCD at the end of the 19th century geared up the fourth phase of the history of the diocese of Vijayapuram. Rt. Rev. Dr. Marceline OCD, the auxiliary bishop of Verapoly commissioned him for missionary work in Kottayam at 1880. He was born on 17th September1843 at Pallippuam Parish in the present Kottapuram diocese. Bro. Rocky as a zealous missionary worked hard in Kottayam, Thellakom, Chengalam and Kumarakom and evangelized the native people especially among the’ so called low castes. He opted for the poor, sidelined, marginalized and downtrodden and thus secured the name “Apostle of the out castes”.

At that time the caste menace was so rampant that it made life of the lower caste horrible. Bro. Rocky appeared as their savior and spent his whole life for the upliftment of such people. He travelled tirelessly to Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Pondicherry etc. at a time when the travel facility was scarce, for collecting money for his mission work. During this missionary work he could find time to pen twelve books of great importance. He died on 29th October 1927 at the age of 85.

Bishop (Late) Benedict Jacob Acharuparambil, O.F.M. Cap. (August 3, 1979 – January 31, 1991)

The first bishop from the Parish, who served the Trivandrum Diocese. Read more about him from Trivandrum Archdiocesan website (

The Capucian Priest Fr.Jacob Acharuparambil, born on April 16, 1919, was a Theologian and after being ordained a priest for 34 years, he was ordained Bishop on October 7th, 1979. His appointment as Bishop of this diocese was a right choice at the right time. This was the feeling of the people, including the priests and religious. He encouraged and brought in different renewal programmes in the diocese. Catechism, Kerala Catholic Youth Movement and Liturgy were made alive and active. He reorganized the Curia. He appointed two priests, Fr.James Amado and Fr.A.George as Episcopal Vicars of the diocese to help the Bishop. All important decisions were taken in consultation with the Priests in the Senate.

KCYM activities came in the scene as a sudden growth. Bishop Pereira Hall, Nandavanam, Jubilee Memorial Animation Centre, Vellayambalam, Jubilee Memorial Hospital, Playam, St.Vincent’s Minor Seminary, Kazhkuttom, were built during his time with the help of funding agencies and local resources. He conducted a seminar for the Priests and Social welfare group members in Vettuthura Canosian Retreat Centre, in which they came to the conclusion that participation of the laity in the diocesan structures and programmes will accelerate the social development in the diocese. T.S.S.S’. units in the parish level, Health education programmes, housing schemes, small savings scheme, etc were started in the diocese.

It was during his time that the government announced All Saints College and St.Xavier’s College as Colleges of Latin Catholic Community. He established new criteria in appointing teachers in the schools under Corporate Management. He mobilized local resources for the maintenance of the schools and stopped all other means of raising funds.

Due to his sickness, he was relieved from his office on 31st January 1990. The charge of the diocese was handed over to the newly appointed administrator of the Diocese, Bishop elect Soosa Pakiam. A spiritual and a holy man, Bishop Acharuparambil, handed over his spirit in the hands of the Lord on 13th August 1995.

Msgr. Dr. Dennis Stanley Kuruppassery (Councilor, Apostolic Nunciature, Czech Republic)

Rev. Fr. Dominic Pinheiro (Vicar General, Diocese of Kottapuram)

Rev. Dr. Ambrose Puthenveettil (Professor, Carmelgiri Pontifical Seminary, Aluva)

Religious Priests from Pallipuram

Full Name Congregation
Rev. Fr.   Athanasius D’Almeida (Former Definitor General, OCD, Rome) OCD
Rev. Fr. (Late) Antony Pinheiro OCD
Rev. Fr. Alex Panakal OCD
Rev. Fr. Bernard Kallur OCD
Rev. Fr. Johnson Thainamveettil OCD
Rev. Fr. George Kajal Arasseril OCD
Rev. Fr. Joseph Livera O. Carm
Rev. Fr. Ruban Pinheiro O. Carm
Rev. Fr. Manuel Mendez OFM  Cap.
Rev. Fr. Benedict Pinheiro Beneditine
Rev. Fr. Bernad Pinheiro OSJ
Rev. Fr. Jackson Pinheiro OSJ
Rev. Fr. Jude Kalathil OSJ
Rev. Fr. Gladwin D’ Almeida OSJ
Rev. Fr. Tomy Kanjirathingal CP
Rev. Fr. George Olattupuram OCD
Rev. Fr. Joseph Thundathil OCD
Rev. Fr. Benny Acharuparambil OCD
Rev. Fr. Basil Acharuparambil OFM Cap.
Rev. Fr. Joemon Antony Olattupurath OCD

Priests working in other Dioceses

Full Name Place/Diocese
Rev. Fr. Benny Kuzhuveli Kannur
Rev. Fr. Justin Pinheiro Vijayapuram


Mr. Sippy Pallipuram

A recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and the National Award for the best Teache, has been able to reach out to the children’s minds and in their own language. Around 40 years he is working int the literature world. Short stories for children, poems, Lyrics, everything is coming from his pen.

All his stories are containing national integration, love to nature, self-confidence, kindness and some moral teachings.

Awards he Received:

  • 1985 – National Award
  • 1988 – Bheema Award
    • – Kairali Childrens Book Trust Award
    • – Sahrudayavedi Award
  • 1990 – Kerala Sahitya Academi Endowment
  • 1991 – KCBC Award
    • Kudumbadeepam Award
    • Maryvijayam Award
    • KCYM Award
    • PCM Award
    • C. Mathai Manjooran Award
  • 1992 – National Award for Best Teacher
  • 1995 – NCERT Award

Family: Wife Mary Selin, Children: Sharika & Navaneeth

Mr. Joseph Panakkal


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