Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Christudas Rajappan the auxiliary bishop of Trivandrum on Feb. 2, 2016.
He was born on 25 November, 1971, at Adimalathura, in the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum. He entered the Minor Seminary in 1987, did his priestly formation at Papal Seminary, Pune, and was ordained Priest on 25 November 1998 for the same Archdiocese.
He served the diocese as Parish Priest at Neerody (1998-1999), Secretary to the Archbishop and Director of K.C.Y.M., Trivandrum (1999-2004), Parish Priest at Paruthiyoor.
In 2004 he went to Austria for a German Language Course and then obtained a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology at Scalabrinian International Migration Institute, Rome (2005-2007). He also obtained a Doctorate in Missiology from the Urbaniana University, Rome (2007-2010).
On his return he was appointed Professor at the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye (2010-2012). Since 2013 he is Rector of St. Vincent Minor Seminary, Menamkulam and director of the Board for Clergy and Religious. Since 2014 he also works as Parish Priest of St. Thomas Church, Kochuthura.