Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal was born on Feb. 7, 1953 at Malapallipuram in Thrichur district of Kerala which belongs to the diocese of Kottapuram. After schooling he joined seminary in 1971 for the diocese of Calicut. He completed his seminary studies at St. Josephs Seminary, Mangalore. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Maxwell Noronha on April 2, 1981 in Mother of God Cathedral, Calicut. He took his Master of Theology from Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye and completed his Master of Arts (History) from University of Mysore. During 1986 and 1991 he did his doctorate in canon law from Pontifical Urban University, Rome. He taught in the seminary from 1992 -1998. He was a professor of Fundamental Theology, Canon Law and Moral Theology. He also served as Dean of Studies. He was appointed as bishop on Nov. 5., 1998 and was consecrated as the first Bishop of Kannur on Feb.7., 1999. The bishop has taken as his motto According to Your Will.
He was transferred to Calicut diocese on May 15, 2012. The Calicut diocese was lying vacant after Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil appointed as the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants at Vatican two years ago.