Fr Sijeesh Pullankunnel
Fr Sijeesh was born in Kallody in the eparchy of Mananathavady. After his high school studies, he joined the Minor Seminary of the eparchy of Mananthavady. He had his philosophical studies at St Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye and theological studies at Pontifical Urban University, Rome. After obtaining Licentiate in Oriental Canon Law from Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, he was ordained priest on 30 December 2010. He began his pastoral ministry as the Assistant vicar of St Joseph’s Cathedral Mananthavady. In 2012 he was appointed as the Principal of New Man’s College, Mananthavady and one of the judges of the eparchial Tribunal. In 2014 Bishop sent him for doctoral studies in Canon Law. After completing doctoral studies, he did Masters in Ecclesiastical Jurisprudence at Pontifical Urban University, Rome. When he returned from Rome in 2018, he was appointed as the Vicar of St Xavier’s Church Kuttimoola. In 2019 he was appointed as the Chancellor of the eparchy of Mananthavady. On 22 November 2021, he is appointed as the Chancellor of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Melbourne. He is a Visiting Professor of Canon Law at Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome. He speaks Malayalam, English, Italian and German.