Mar Ephrem Nariculam
Ephrem Nariculam was born on 10 December 1960 at Nayarambalam in the Archieparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly as the son of Late Thomas and LateThresia Nariculam. Having completed his school educationat St.George's School, Vadel and Bhagavathivilasam School,Nayarambalam,Fr.Ephrem joined the Minor Seminary of the Archieparchy of Ernakulam- Angamaly. He had his Philosophy in Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee and Theology in St.Joseph's Seminary, Mangalore.
On 27th December 1986 Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara ordained him priest at St.Joseph's Church, Sanjopuram, for the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. Fr.Ephrem served the archdiocese as Assistant Vicar at St.Mary's Forane Church,Kanjoor (1987), St.Mary's Forane Church, Koratty (1988), St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam (1989) and then as Vicar at St.Joseph's Church, Madakkal (1990-1992). Later he continued his higher studies at Vidyajyoti College of Theology,Delhi from where he obtained his Master's Degree in Theology. While Fr.Ephrem was pursuing his higherstudies at Vidyajyoti College of Theology,Delhi he served also as Chaplain of Migrant Syro-Malabar Catholics in New Delhi(1992-1995). After the completion of studies at Delhi Fr.Ephrem was appointed Rector of Sant Vianney Gurukul, Minor Seminary of the diocese of Chanda (1995-2002) and in that capacity he served the diocese of Chanda for seven years. He obtained a Doctorate in Spiritual Theology from St.Peter's Pontifical Institut of Theology and Philosophy, Bangalore (2002-2004). After having returned to the home diocese, he served as Vicar at Holy Family Church,Thabore (2004-2007). He was visiting professor at St. Charles' Seminary, Nagpur (2000-2002) and at St.Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam (2004-2007). Then he served as professor of Systematic Theology and member of Formation Council at St. Augustine's Faculty of Theology, Toronto, Canada. Pope Francis appointed Fr.Ephrem Nariculam Bishop of Chanda on 31July 2014.
He was ordained bishop by Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alencherry on 24 th October 2014
Born : 10 December 1960
Ordained Priest : 27 December 1986
ElectedBishop : 15July 2014
Announcement : 31July 2014
OrdainedBishop : 24 October 2014
Installation : 24 October 2014
Motto : “ThyKingdomCome” (TavaRajyamAyatu)
Address :Bishop's Home, Ballarpur P.O. Chandrapur Dt., M.S.442701 Ph : 07172240537 Mob : +919423261891,91307023331