Born of Joseph Perumthottam and Annama on 5th July, 1948, at Kongandoor (Punnathura), Joseph (Babycahn) had his education in St. Joseph High School, Punnathura and St. Berchmans’ College, Changanacherry. Completing his seminary studies at St. Thomas Petit Seminary, Changanacherry and at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam, he was ordained priest on 18 December 1974 by Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil, then auxiliary bishop of Changanacherry. After his ministry as assistant parish priest for a few years has was appointed Director of Sandesanilayam, the Catechetical Centre of the Archdiocese and chaplain of Catholic Workers’ Movement of the Archdiocese in 1979. In the catechetical field, he introduced many training programmes, including Catechetical Leaders’ Training (CLT), which is being continued to this day by Sandesanilayam. In 1983 he was sent for higher studies at Gregorian University, Rome, where he took doctorate in Church History. Back from Rome, in 1989 he was appointed professor of St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor and Missionary Orientation Centre, Manganam, Kottayam and Vicar of St. Sebastian’s Church Kodinattukunnu. During this period he was instrumental in starting Mar Thoma Vidyanikethan at Changanacherry, the higher institute of religious sciences for the laity at the initiative and active support of archbishop Mar Powathl. This institute is affiliated to Paurastya Vidyapeetam, Vadavathoor, conferring P.G. Degree recognized by the Congregation for Catholic Education, Rome. Rev. Dr. Joseph Perumthottam had been at its helm for a decade. Simultaneously he has been vicar of Mar Sleeba Church, Ponga. He was nominated auxiliary bishop on 24th April 2002 and was ordained bishop by archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil at St. Mary’s Metropolitan Church, Changanacherry, on 20th May 2002, the 116th anniversary of the Archdiocese. His motto is “In Spirit and in Truth”
When the resignation from office submitted by His Grace Mar Joseph Powathil on reaching the age of 75 was accepted by His Beatitude Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, Mar Joseph Perumthottam was appointed, with the consent of the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church held at Kakkanad at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia at Mount St. Thomas from 8-12 January 2007, as the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry which was made public on 22 January 2007. He was enthroned as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Changanacherry on 19 March 2007.