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Mar Thomas Tharayil
|Bishop of Kottayam|
|Archdiocese||Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Kottayam|
|Appointed||9 June 1945|
|Installed||8 January 1951|
|Term ended||5 May 1974|
|Predecessor||Mar Alexander Choolaparampil|
|Successor||Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry|
|Ordination||18 December 1926|
|Consecration||7 October 1945|
by Mar Alexander Choolaparampil
|Born||5 May 1899|
Kaipuzha, Kerala, India
|Died||16 July 1975 76) (aged|
Thellakom Kottayam, India
|Previous post(s)||Headmaster, S.H. Mount High School, Kottayam|
|Alma mater||Propaganda College, Rome|
|Motto||Omnes Unum Sint|
Mar Thomas Tharayil (5 May 1899 – 26 July 1975) was born in Kaipuzha, India. He was ordained and served in the Syro-Malabar Church.
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