Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The Metropolitan ordination and enthronement of Mar Joseph Perumthottam as the archbishop of Changanassery archdiocese of the Syro Malabar Church will be held at the Metropolitan Church, Changanassery, on March 19.

Speaking to media persons, church authorities said Major archbishop Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil will be the main celebrant at the ceremony. Outgoing archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil and Mar George Valiamattom will act as co-celebrants at the ceremony.

Pedro Lopez Quintana, envoy of the Pope in India, will say the homily.

Public reception

The church ceremonies will be followed by a public reception for the incumbent archbishop and his predecessor.

Representatives of sister churches and public figures from all walks of life will extend felicitations on the occasion.