Dindigul 11 April 2016: His Holiness Pope Francis on Monday 11 April 2016 appointed Fr. Thomas Paulsamy as the new bishop of Dindigul, in Tamil Nadu state, making it a suffragan of Madurai Metropolitan Archdiocese. The see of Dindigul has been vacant since the transfer of Bishop Antony Pappusamy as Archbishop of Madurai in 26 July 2014. Fr. Paulsamy was born on 2 August1951 at N. Poolampatty, in Tiruchirapalli Diocese. After his schooling in his native village he studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirapalli. He was ordained a priest on 25 May 1977 for Tiruchirapalli Diocese, which then was part of Dindigul Diocese.
Following his ordination he held the following responsibilities: 1977-1979: Parish priest, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Melapudur, Tiruchirapalli Diocese.1979-1980: Assistant parish priest, Seven Dolours Church in Palaiyakoil, Tiruchirapalli Diocese. 1980-1985: Parish priest, St. Aloysius’s Church in Kosavapatty, Dindigul Diocese. 1985-1986: Parish priest, Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Kailasapuram, Tiruchirapalli Diocese. 1986-1992: Parish priest and vicar Forane, St. Joseph’s Church in Dindigul Diocese. 1992-1993: Sabbatical and study – Maryknoll School of Theology, New York, USA. 1993-1995: Parish priest, St. Francis Xavier Church in Malayadipatti, Tiruchirapalli Diocese.1995-2001: Parish priest, Holy Redeemer’s Basilica in Palakarai, Tiruchirapalli Diocese. 2002-2004: Parish priest, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Melapudur, Tiruchirapalli Diocese. 2004-2005: Parish priest, Our Lady of Dolours Church in Nanjur, Pudukottai. 2005-2007: Parish priest, Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fathimanagar, Tiruchirapalli Diocese. 2007-2015: Vicar General, Tiruchirapalli Diocese. Currently: Parish priest, St. Anthony’s Church a Kallukuzhy.