Bio-Data of the Bishop
Most Rev. Dr A. Amalraj

Father’s Name

Mr M. Arulappan (Late)

Mother’s Name

Mrs S. Antonyammal (Late)

Home Address

49, Upper Attadi, Coonoor-643 101, The Nilgiris Dt

Names of Brothers

Mr A. Alphonse Madalaimuthu (A. Mani)
Mr A. Antony Cruz (Late)
Mr A. Joseph Arulsamy
Mr A. Andrews Paulraj
Mr A. Albert Pushparaj

Name of Sister

Mrs A. Josephine Mary

Date of Birth

04th December, 1953

Place of Birth

Attadi, Coonoor

Diocese of Origin

Diocese of Ootacamund

Baptized on

06th December, 1953, St Antony’s Church, Coonoor

Minister of Baptism

Rev. Fr Humberto C. D’Souza

First Communion &
Confirmation

St John de Britto’s Church, Sathy

Confirming Prelate

Cardinal Antony Padiyara

Ordaining Prelate

St Pius X Minor Seminary, Ootacamund

Major Seminary

St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore

Regency

St John the Baptist’s Church, Doddagajanur

Date of Ordination

26th December,1980

Educational
Qualifications

B.A., (History, Sociology, Philosophy)
Doctorate in Theology

Place of Ordination

St Antony’s Church, Coonoor

Languages Known

Tamil, Kannada, English, Italian, German

Nominated as Bishop
of Ootacamund

30th June, 2006

Episcopal
Consecration

09th August, 2006

Served in the Following Parishes/Institutions

Designation

Parish/Institution

Year

Assistant Priest

St John de Britto’s Church

Sathy

Feb 1981–May 1982

Acting Parish Priest

St Michael’s Church, Ketti

May 1982–Sep 1982

Higher Studies

Rome

Sep 1982–Oct 1987

Assistant Priest

St Sebastian’s Church,
Nagalur

Nov 1987–May 1988

Professor

Good Shepherd Seminary,
Coimbatore

1988–1995

Vice Rector

Good Shepherd Seminary,
Coimbatore

1996–1999

Rector

Good Shepherd Seminary,
Coimbatore

1999–2005

Sabbatical leave

USA

2005–2006

Parish Priest

St Antony’s Church,
Coonoor

June 2006

Bishop

Diocese of Ootacamund

30th June, 2006

Bishop’s
Coat of Arms

   “Ad Gloriam Dei
Ad Bonum Fidelium”

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The silver and sky blue coloured Coat of Arms of Bishop Amalraj contains four smaller parts:

First Part: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus surrounded by the thrones amidst burning flames

Second Part: The open Scripture with the letters L and W (Alpha and Omega) indicating the beginning and the end.

Third Part: The hilly terrain containing three mountains with a star adding beauty thereto.

Fourth Part: Joined hands in love express friendship. The Holy Spirit in the form of a dove protecting, the Coat of Arms is designed like an award shield.

Inner Meaning

Silver Colour: This colour indicates the transparent ministry of the Bishop. The qualities of truth, sincerity and acceptance are expressed in his life and words, indicating the fraternity lived in Jesus

Heart: The proactive care of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Blue: The blue coloured sky indicates the detached life from this world and uprising spiritual liberation. It expresses the preparation for heavenly journey through our life on earth.

Holy Scripture: The Holy Scripture with the letters indicating Alpha and Omega is the symbol of salvation of humanity. This is drawn in a first class gold metal indicating that pure life and faith in God as our first quality. Faith in God contains the love of God the Father.

Three Hills: They indicate the three parts of our diocese (The Nilgiris, Gundri, Talavady). The morning star on them indicates the guiding light of the Virgin Mary.

Joined Hands: The relationship of joined palms indicates the peace filled with friendship of God’s children. It further indicates the serenity, fraternity, Bishop’s ministries and duties filled with love.