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Most Rev.Dr Arulselvam Rayappan
Bishop of Salem

Parent’s Name T. Arulselvam & S. Kanikaimary
Born On 18.11.1960
Born At Sathipattu, Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore
Priestly Ordination May 20, 1986, for the Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore
Episcopal Consecration August 4, 2021, Infant Jesus Cathedral, Salem


More about the Bishop

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Arulselvam Rayappan, of the Clergy of Pondicherry-Cuddalore, as Bishop of Salem. This provision was made public in Rome on Monday 31st May 2021. The Episcopal Consecration took place on August 4, 2021 at Infant Jesus Cathedral, Salem.

 
Bp. Arulselvam Rayappan completed his studies in the following Institutions: St. Agnes Minor Seminary and St. Joseph’s Hr. Sec. School, Cuddalore (1974-1978); Philosophy at Christ Hall Seminary, Madurai (1978-1981); Theology at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore (1982-1986). He was ordained priest on 20 May 1986 for the Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore.
He obtained a Masters in Canon Law from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (1990-1992) and Doctorate in Canon Law from Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Rome (1992-1994).

He served in the following ministries: Vice-Rector, St. Agnes Minor Seminary, Cuddalore (1986-1988), Asst. Parish Priest at Viriyur and Karaikal (1988-1989), Parish Priest at Kurumbagaram (1989-1990). After his studies in Rome, since 1994, he was teaching Canon Law at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore. He was then Director of the Centre for Canon Law Studies at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (1996-2001), Vice-Rector, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore (200-2006), President, St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (2010-2017).

He served as the Executive Secretary of CCBI Commission for Canon Law and Legislative Texts (2010-2018). He was President of the Canon Law Society of Tamil Nadu for two terms and Secretary General of Canon Law Society of India for a term. He was President of the Canon Law Society of India for two terms (2013-2017).


Educational Qualifications
– St. Agnes Minor Seminary and St. Joseph’s Hr. Sec. School, Cuddalore (1974-1978)

– Philosophy at Christ Hall Seminary, Madurai (1978-1981)

– Theology at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore (1982-1986)

– Masters in Canon Law from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (1990-1992)

– Doctorate in Canon Law from Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Rome (1992-1994)


Pastoral Ministries
– Vice-Rector, St. Agnes Minor Seminary, Cuddalore (1986-1988)

– Asst. Parish Priest at Viriyur and Karaikal (1988-1989)

– Parish Priest at Kurumbagaram (1989-1990)

– Since 1994, teaching Canon Law at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore

– Director of the Centre for Canon Law Studies at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (1996-2001)

– Vice-Rector, St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore (200-2006)

– President, St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore (2010-2017)

– Executive Secretary of CCBI Commission for Canon Law and Legislative Texts (2010-2018)

– President of the Canon Law Society of Tamil Nadu and Secretary General of Canon Law Society of India

– President of the Canon Law Society of India (2013-2017)