An Indian-origin vicar who grew up within the Syrian Orthodox Church in South India has been appointed as the brand new Bishop of Loughborough, in central England.
The Reverend Malayil Lukose Varghese Muthalaly, generally known as Saju, is the Vicar of St. Mark’s Gillingham, within the Diocese of Rochester – southern England. His appointment to the Diocese of Leicester has been permitted by Queen Elizabeth II, in accordance with a Downing Street announcement on Friday.
“The Queen has approved the nomination of The Reverend Malayil Lukose Varghese Muthalaly (known as Saju), Vicar of St Mark’s Gillingham, in the Diocese of Rochester, to the Suffragan See of Loughborough, in the Diocese of Leicester, in succession to The Right Reverend Dr Gulnar Francis-Dehqani following her translation to the See of Chelmsford,” reads the announcement.
Saju, from Kerala, was educated on the Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore and educated for ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his title at St Thomas’, Lancaster within the Diocese of Blackburn and was ordained Priest within the Church of England in 2009.
According to ‘The Church Times’, it’s understood that he would be the youngest bishop within the Church of England when he’s consecrated subsequent 12 months on the age of 42.
“If I have felt anointed in anything, it is in forming friendships, gathering God’s people, and creating hospitable and loving spaces in which people can grow in faith, hope, justice and love. I have a deep desire for the flourishing of all people, particularly the poor, those at the margins of our world,” Saju was quoted by the paper as saying.
“I grew up in a leprosy hospital in the city of Bangalore, India, where my mother worked as a nurse. From my earliest memory, my heart has bent towards those who live in poverty. Poor people aren’t just poor people; they are mothers, artists, gifted leaders, friends, people who are passionate about the environment,” he mentioned.
“I have always been drawn to enhance the voice of people who have lived experiences of poverty, whether in a parish in the UK, mission visit to the prisons of Eritrea, or through the work I do as one of the directors of ATD Fourth World (a human-rights anti-poverty organisation),” he added.