Bangalore 20 November 2019 (CCBI): His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Antonysamy Savarimuthu (59) of the Clergy of Palayamkottai, as Bishop of Palayamkottai, Tamilnadu. This provision was made public in Rome on Wednesday, 20th November, 2019, at noon, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
Msgr. Antonysamy Savarimuthu was born on 8 December 1960 and was ordained priest on 26 April 1987, for the Diocese of Palayamkottai. He studied at St. Peter’s Minor Seminary, Madurai, and later at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore, from 1979 to 1987. From 1992 to 2000 he was at Institut Catholique de Paris, for the Licence and Doctorate in Canon Law. He served the Diocese in the following assignments: Secretary to the Bishop of Palayamkottai (1987-1989); Professor at the Minor Seminary, Palayamkottai (1989-1992); then he studied in France (1992-2000); Vocation promoter, Palayamkottai (2000); Rector of Christ Hall Seminary, Karumathur (2000-2004); Defensor of the Bond, Palayamkottai Tribunal (2001-2003); Visiting professor, St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (2001-2010); Judicial Vicar, Tribunal Palayamkottai (2003-2008); Vicar General of Palayamkottai (2004-2011); Parish Priest at Shantinagar (2004-2005); Parish Priest at Maharajanagar (2007-2009); Vocation promoter, Palayamkottai (2009-2011). Since 2011, he is Resident Professor at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore. At present he is also Dean of the Institute of Canon Law at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.