Rev. Fr. Peter Kochery, the Protosyncellus of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Exarchate in USA has been honoured by the Holy See by conferring on him the title of Chaplain to His Holiness. This recognition invests on him the title of Rev. Monsignor. This is a special honour for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, especially for the Apostolic Exarchate in USA. The bestowal of this title is an acknowledgement of the exemplary priestly qualities and the meritorious service and leadership that Fr. Peter has been giving to the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in North America.
Rev. Fr. Peter Kochery was born on 5 October 1943 at Thammanimattom. He entered the seminary in 1960 and graduated from Papal Seminary, Pune in 1971. He was ordained priest on 23 October 1970. He served several parishes in the Archieparchy of Thiruvalla for 13 years. He obtained Licentiates in Philosophy & Theology (India), and the Advanced Degree in Systematic Theology (Canada), Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (India), Certificate in Pastoral Practioner in NLP (Canada) and Training of Seminary Formators (Italy).
Rev. Fr. Peter Kochery served as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Students League, Diocesan Consultor and Member of Curia, Rector of Minor Seminary, Diocesan Director of Formation, Editor of Diocesan Publication Aikyadeepam in the Eparchy of Tiruvalla. He served as Pastor in the US and as Parochial Vicar at St. Veronica Howell, USA. He was also the Coordinator/President of Malankara Catholic Missions of North America. Presently he is serving as the Protosyncellus of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Exarchate in USA.
Rev. Msgr. Peter Kochery will be felicitated at a thanksgiving Holy Qurbono at 10.00 am. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the Syro-Malankara Catholic Community gathering in New Jersey.