Diocese of Kottar
Bishop's House PB 17, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District.
  • Kanyakumari

  • Martyr Devasahayom Pillai Church,

God's mercy goes beyond human justice, எபேசியர் 4:32 ஒருவருக்கொருவர் நன்மைசெய்து பரிவு காட்டுங்கள்; கடவுள் உங்களைக் கிறிஸ்து வழியாக மன்னித்ததுபோல நீங்களும் ஒருவரை ஒருவர் மன்னியுங்கள்.

Fr. Nazarene Soosai
Appointed as Sixth Bishop of Kottar Diocese
Tamil Nadu, INDIA

            On Saturday, the 20th May, 2017, corresponding to 15:30 hours, IST., Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Nazarene Soosai (54 years) to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Kottar, India, was announced. He belongs to of the clergy of the Diocese of Kottar and was the parish priest of Kanniyakumari and Vicar Forane of Kanniyakumari Vicariate at th time of episcopal appointment.

            The Bishop Elect was born to Mr. Soosi and Mrs. Panipitchai as their 8th child at Rajakkamangalamthurai on 13th April 1963; baptized on 18thApril 1963; confirmed on 12th February1978 and ordained a priest on 2nd April, 1989 for the Diocese of Kottar.

            He studied at St. Aloysius’ Minor Seminary, Nagercoil, (1978-1981) and completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai (1981-1989). He  obtained his Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Madurai (1990-1992). He acquired his Licentiate Degree in Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium  (1998-2000) and his Doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (2000-2003).His doctoral dissertation was on “Salvation in no one else” : A contemporary reading of Acts 4:12. (21.11.2002). After his studies he was appointed as Professor of Theology and later as the dean of Theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai (2003-2011).

            He was successful in all his parish pastoral assignments and to him success meant ‘completion and fulfilment of his potential’ as a priest of God. Here are those assignments in which people and priests still cherish his memory :

24.05.1989–21.05.1990 : Assistant Parish Priest of Our Lady of Presentation Church, Colachel.
26.05.1990–26.05.1992 : Prefect of Studies at the Tamil Nadu Xavier Mission Home, Nagercoil, and at the same time was the Secretary of the Diocesan Commission for Vocations.
27.05.1992–04.06.1998 :  Parochial Administrator of St. Helen’s Parish,  Enayam, and also from 08.11.1993 he served as Ecclesiastical Assistant of Christian Life Community and from 01.04.1996 as the Secretary of the Diocesan Priests’ Personnel Board.

            From 05-03-2012 he was the Parish Priest of the Shrine of Our Lady of Ransom, Kanyakumari, and from 26-05-2016, Vicar Forane of Kanniyakumari Vicariate. Meanwhile, he taught as visiting Professor at Arul Kadal, Chennai, CRI Theological Institute, Bangalore, Madras University, Chennai, Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai, Sason, Sambalpur, Odisha, Salesian Theological Institute, Chennai, and St. Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirapalli.

            From 01-07-2013 he was a Member of the College of Consultors and from 15.01.2014 Secretary of the Council of Priests/Senate in the Diocese of Kottar.

Episcopal Ordination

            Episcopal Ordination of Msgr. Nazarene Soosai will take place on 29th June 2017 at 5 p.m. in the premises of Bishop’s House, Asaripallam Road, Nagercoil - 629001, Kanniyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India.

            The principal Consecrator to ordain Msgr. Nazarene Soosai as Bishop of Kottar will be His Excellency, Most Rev. Peter Remigius, the Emeritus Bishop of Kottar Diocese and the Co-Consecrators will be His Grace Antony Pappusamy, Archbishop of Madurai Archdiocese, and His Excellency, Most Rev. Eugene Josph, Bishop of Varanasi diocese.

            The Ceremony of Episcopal Ordination will begin with the procession directed to the altar on stage, set for this purpose, welcomed with a dance by St. Joseph’s Matriculation School Children, Bishop’s House Campus, Nagercoil. During the Holy Mass, presided by the Principal Consecrator, the bishop Elect will be ordained as Bishop by laying on of hands over his head by the Bishops and Archbishops, prayers said and by handing over the book of the Gospesl, ring, Mitre and Pastoral staff. When the new bishop is seated on the principal chair, from that moment he takes possession of the diocese of Kottar and he becomes the Bishop of Kottar officially.

            The diocese spreads out to an area of 750 sq. kms. and consists of 257,346 Catholics who live in 92 parishes and 38 pastoral centres. It is blessed with a total of 208 diocesan priests including the newly ordained priests on 30th March 2017, 35 religious priests, and 14 professed religious men, 483 professed religious women and 27 seminarians.

            The Diocese of Kottar rejoices and welcomes its New Shepherd cordially and wishes him ad multosannos. The diocese also registers its deep sense of gratitude to its former Shepherd Most Rev. Peter Remigius.