Bishop Emeritus Gregory Karottemprel CMI

Bp Gregory Karotemprel CMI

Full Name                                            : Gregory

Baptismal Name                                   : Joseph

Surname (House Name)                       : Karotemprel

Full Address                        :  St Xavier's Provincial House, PB No 1504, Kalavad Road, Rajkot, Gujarat, India-360 005

Mobile Number:      : +919427269342

Fax                                                       :  (0281) 2563427

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Date of Birth                                         :  May 6, 1933

Place of Birth                                        :  Paika, Kottayam (Dt), Kerala

Date of Baptism                                    : May 13, 1933, Parish: Paika

Name of Father                                    : Devasia

Name of Mother                                   : Rosamma

Eldest Brother                                      : Mr. Thomas Karotemprel

Elder Brother                                        : Fr. Sebastian Karotemprel SDB

Youngest Sister                                    : Sr. Maria SABS

Home Address                                     : Karotemprel

                                                               Kalaketty.P.O, Kanjirappally Via

                                                               Kottayam (Dt) 686 508

                                                               Kerala, India

Parish                                                   : Chemmalamattam

Diocese                                                : Palai

Place of Philosophical Studies               : Bangalore (Dharmaram College)

Place of Theological Studies                  : Bangalore (Dharmaram College)

Date of First Profession                        : December 8, 1955 at Mannanam

Date of Priestly Ordination                    : May 17, 1963

Name of Ordaining Bishop                    : His Excellency Mar Sebastian Vallopally

Nomination as Bishop of Rajkot            : February 2, 1983

Date of Episcopal Ordination                : April 24, 1983

Place of Episcopal Ordination               : Rajkot

Name of Ordaining Bishop                    : His Grace Mar Antony Padiyara

Diocese for which ordained Bishop       : Rajkot

Date of assuming charge of the

                          Diocese  of Rajkot         : April 24, 1983

Date of retirement : July 16, 2010

Mother tongue                                      : Malayalam

Other languages known                         : English, Hindi, Gujarati, Latin, Syriac

Degrees and titles                                 : M.S.



Educational career starting from infancy


Grade        Year of Passing        Institution                                       University      


1 - 11               1940 - 51            Achamma Memorial School               Kerala University

                        1951 - 53            S.H. College, Thevara                       Madras University

                        1953 - 55            Religious Training                  

                        1955 - 63            Philosophical & Theological           Dharmaram College



Office and positions held after  Priestly Ordination 


From         To               Designation                             Institution


1963          1973          Teacher                            Rajagiri High School, Kalamassery


1973          1975          Masters Degree in            Deguesue University, Pittsburgh, USA



1975         1978           Head Master                    Rajagiri High School, Kalamassery


1978         1983           Provincial                         S.H. Province, Kalamassery.


1983                            Bishop


                                    Apostolic Visitator for U.S.A. and Canada


1993                            Chairman :Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care  of

                                    the Migrants,The Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church


2004         2009           Commission for Ecumenism & Dialogue, Western   Region  Bishops Council


2005         2009          Chairman :Commission for Finance, The Syro-Malabar Major

                                   Archiepiscopal   Church


2010                            : Retirement     


Lover of Nature / plants

Cares and concern for the least and last in the society

Special care for the HIV AIDS patients.

Educationalist:  Marginalized

                          Higher education

Simple in mind and heart that any one can approach at any time

Vision of Bishop: Integral development of the people of Saurashtra and Kutch.  In that he has a special concern for the poor and the marginalized.

Religious harmony is that his another aim. Prem Mandir Symbol of Interreligious harmony is his Vision and effort. Concern for the people irrespective of religion.