| Joy Alappat|
September 27, 2014
| July 24, 2014|
December 31, 1981
| Syro-Malabar Catholic Church|
Titular See of Bencenna
September 27, 2014 - present
September 27, 1956 (age 59)
Parappukara, Kerala, India (1956-09-27)
Joy Alappat Wikipedia
Joy Alappat (born September 27, 1956) is an Indian-born bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He has served as the Auxiliary Bishop of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chicago since 2014.
John Joy Alappat was born in Parappukara, Kerala, India. He studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary in Vadavathoor, and was ordained a priest for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Irinjalakuda in India on December 31, 1981 by Bishop James Pazhayattil. Alappat continued his studies at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Institute in Aluva an at the Adheva University in Wattair. He was then engaged in pastoral work in Chalkudy, Mala, the cathedral in Irinjalakuda, and as a chaplain in Chennai. In 1993 he was transferred to the United States where he served as a chaplain at the Georgetown University Medical Center where he also completed their clinical pastoral education program. Alappat also served in pastoral assignments in New Milford, Connecticut, Newark and Garfield, New Jersey and as the vicar at the Mar Thoma Shleeha Cathedral in Bellwood, Illinois.
Pope Francis named Alappat as the Titular Bishop of Bencenna and the Auxiliary Bishop of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chicago on July 24, 2014. He was ordained a bishop by Cardinal George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, on September 27, 2014. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops Jacob Angadiath of Chicago and Pauly Kannookadan of Irinjalakuda.