Kochi: The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Conference elected its new office bearers on 6 December 2016 at Pastoral Orientation Centre, Palarivattom. His Grace Most Rev. Dr Soosai Pakiam, Archbishop of Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum is elected as the new President of KCBC. He is succeeding His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos who served as the President until the new election. The plenary assembly of the bishops also elected His Excellency Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, the bishop of Pathanamthitta as the new Vice-President and His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, Archbishop of Kottayam as the new Secretary General.
The following members are elected as the new chairmen for various commissions of KCBC.
Bishop Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom(Pathanamthitta) - Religious Commission Bishop Abraham Mar Julios (Muvattupuzha) – Bible Commission
Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril (Vijayapuram) – Media Commission
Bishop Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath (Ernakulam) – Family Commission
Bishop Joshua Mar Ignathios (Mavelikara) - Laity, Social Harmony and Vigilance
Bishop Joseph Karikkassery (Kottapuram) - Women’s Commission
Archbishop Andrews Thazhath (Thrissur) –Education Commission
Bishop Joseph Mar Thomas (Bathery) – Youth Commission
Bishop Alex Vadakumthala (Kannur) – Labour Commission
Archbishop Thomas Mar Koorilos (Tiruvalla) - Justice Peace and Dialogue
Bishop Jacob Muricken (Palai) -SC/ST/BC
Bishop Remigius Inchananiyil (Thamarasserry) –Temperance
Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal (Calicut) – Theology
Archbishop George Njaralakatt (Tellicherry) – Health
Bishop Vincent Samuel (Neyyattinkara) – Vocation
Bishop Samuel Mar Irenios (Trivandrum) – Charismatic
Bishop Selvister Ponnumuthan (Punalur) - Ecumenism and Dialogue.