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Mar Mathew Makil was born on 10.4.1851 at Manjoor in Kottayam District. He was appointed Vicar General for the Southists in the Vicariate of Kottayam in 1889. When the Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam and Trichur were re-organized into Trichur, Ernakulam and Changanassery in 1896, he was nominated Titular Bishop of Trallus and appointed Vicar Apostolic of Changanassery. In 1911, a new Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam was constituted exclusively for the Knanaya Catholics and Mar Mathew Makil was transferred to Kottayam as Vicar Apostolic. He died at Kottayam on



From childhood onwards he was attracted to priesthood. The close association with his uncle Rev.Fr. Jospeh Makil, an exemplary priest, intensified his desire to become a priest. He used to assist the Holy Mass of his uncle. As counselled by the uncle priest his parents also gave him permission to begin priestly formation. He was admitted to the Mannanam seminary in 1865 and started learning Syriac, the liturgical language of the church. In 1866, he was admitted to the Varapuzha major seminary. The rector of the seminary, an Italian missionary by name Marcellinos Barardi was his tutor. He described the young Deacon Mathew as a noble leader like Moses, a religious person as Samuel, a musician as David, a wise man as solomon, good natured as Jacob and obedient as Isaac. Throughout the seminary course he excelled in such qualities and was well appreciated by his superiors.

Priestly Ordination

On completion of clerical studies and formation he was ordained priest by Archbishop Leonard Mellano, Vicar Apostolic of Varapuzha on 30th May, 1874. Fr. Mathew celebrated his first Holy Mass in Vanampadi Church at Varapuzha on 8th June 1874 in full solemnity and fervour. A small crowd of kith and kin participated in the solemn celebration.

Sacred Ministry

During the early years of his priesthood he served as a professor in Puthenpally seminary and at Brahmamangalam seminary and also rendered pastoral service to neighbouring parishes. After two years Fr. Mathew was appointed assistant parish priest at Kaipuzha where his uncle Fr. Joseph Makil was the Vicar. Thereafter he served as parish priest of Edakkat and Kaipuzha parishes. During this period he was appointed as the Secretary to Mar Marcellinos Barardi, the co-adjutor bishop of Varapuzha. He was selected to that post on account of his proficiency in Latin and English languages.
Fr. Mathew as secretary to the Bishop was appreciated by all for his sense of responsibility, punctuality and honesty. With his command in English and latin languages he could serve the bishop well in his foreign correspondences.

Seminary Professor and Vicar General for the Southists (knanaya Community)

On 20th May 1887, by the papal Bull ‘Quod jam pridem’ Pope Leo XIII established two Apostolic Vicariates, Trissur and Kottayam and appointed Bishop Charles Lavigne SJ, as the vicar apostolic of Kottayam. Bishop Lavinge appointed Fr. Mathew as professor of Latin at Brahmamangalam seminary. Along with this he was in charge of two parishes, Brahmamangalam and Kaduthuruthy. In 1889 Bishop Lavigne appointed two Vicars general, Fr. Emmanel Nidhiry for the Northists and Fr. Mathew Makil for the Southists in the Vicariate Apostolic of Kottayam.