Mathew Anikuzhikattil

Mathew Anikuzhikattil (23 September 1942 – 1 May 2020) was a Syro-Malabar Catholic bishop.

His Excellency

Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil
First Bishop of the Eparchy of Idukki
ChurchSyro-Malabar Catholic Church
DioceseEparchy of Idukki
In office2003–2018
PredecessorSeat created
SuccessorMar John Nellikunnel
Ordination15 March 1971[1]
by Mathew Pothanamuzhi
Consecration2 March 2003[1]
by Varkey Vithayathil C.Ss.R.
Personal details
Born(1942-09-23)23 September 1942
Kunchithanny, India
Died1 May 2020(2020-05-01) (aged 77)
Kolenchery, India

Anikuzhikatil was born in India and was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. He served as bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Idukki, India, from 2003 to 2018.[2]


Anikuzhikattil was born in Kadaplamattom in Kottayam district,[3] although he was raised in Kunchithanny in Idukki district. He was ordained as a priest on 15 March 1971 at his home parish of Holy Family church in Kunchithanny by Mathew Pothanamuzhi. On 15 January 2003 Pope John Paul II announced the creation of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Idukki with Anikuzhikattil as the first bishop. On 02 March 2003 Anikuzhikattil was consecrated a bishop and the eparchy was inaugurated by Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil C.Ss.R.. As priest and bishop he also served as the chairman of the KCBC commission for family, laity and women, and was also the patron of the High Range Samrakshana Samithi (HRSS), a people's movement within the Catholic Church in India.[3] As normal, he retired in 2018 after reaching the age of 75. On 1 May 2020 Anikuzhikattil died of age-related problems at the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College Hospital, Kolenchery at 1:38 A.M.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikattil †". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  2. ^ Syo-Malabar Epachy of Idukki
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikattil, first bishop of Idukki eparchy, passes away". Malayala Manorama. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.