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First Death Anniversary of  Bp. Simon Kaipuram, Bishop of Balasore.


We are very sorry to inform you the sudden demise of Bishop Simon Kaipuram CM, Bishop of Balasore Diocese.

(1954– 2019 )

On April 22, 2019 Monday morning at 1.45 amour dear Bishop Rt.Rev. Simon Kaipuram,CM passed away for the eternal reward of the Lord. At the demise of Bishop Simon the Diocese of Balasore has lost a great visionary. He was 65 years old. The sad news was received with disbelief and deep sorrow by the people of all segments throughout India with whom the Bishop associated with love and humility. The absence of Bishop Simon will be dearly missed by people of Odisha especially the Priests, Sisters, Brothers and Lay faithful of Balasore Diocese.

On 21st evening Bishop had the dinner with the community members of Balasore and he was quite pleasantand joyful until the time they said good night for rest. At 12.10 early in the morning, Bishop felt uneasiness and he came down and opened the grill to communicate the same to the Fathers who were in the presbytery. The Fathers rushed him to Jyothi Hospital and the doctors while examining Bishop Simon found out that the causes of his weakness are ‘known case of hyper tension’ and ‘perspiration with chest pain’. ECG reports showed ST elevation and acute MI. So the cardiologist prescribed lifesaving drugs and injection and the same were given instantly to rescue Bishop Simon. However Bishop did not respond to the medicines. Therefore Bishop Thomas administeredthe sacrament of anointing of the sick to him at about 1.40 am. Although the doctors tried their best, Bishop Simon breathed his last at 1.45am due to massive heart attack.

Listening to the Divine call to become a Vincentian, he bade adieu to the family members and joinedin the Congregation of Mission. So he left home and reached at Bhanjanagar in Odisha for Minor Seminary studies in 1969 with a vision to become a missionary priest. He was ordained priest on 20th December 1980. He was sent to Rome to pursue doctrinal studies on Sacred Scripture in 1984. He was the rector of Acquinas College,Gopalpur when he was appointed Bishop of Balasore by His Holiness Pope Francis on 9th December, 2013. He was consecrated bishop on January 30, 2014. The vaccum created by his sad demise is not to be easily filled in because Bishop Simon was much loved pastor, kind and caring person for the people of Odisha. People were always important for him that he was comfortable in dealing to a poor man on the street as any high officials or rich in the society. Throughout his ministry as a priest andshepherd, Bishop Simon showed a great affinity and pastoral dedication to the Catholic community.

Being a Scripture scholar, he was a visiting professor to many seminaries in India. He was also much sought-after for preaching retreats to religious sisters and priests due to his scripture background, simple life, deep spirituality and acceptability.

The funeral service was held at Cathedral Church, Balasore on 24th April. The Holy Mass was presided over by Most Rev.Archbishop John Barwa, SVD, the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar concelebrated by Most Rev.Mathew Moolakkatt, OSB the Archbishop of Kottayam and Rt.Rev.Thomas Thiruthalil, CM along with the other Bishops of Odisha, Kerala and Jharkhand. A large number of Priests, Sisters, lay Faithful and people from other denominations and communities had gathered for the funeral service. A good number of Provincial Superiors were also present for the function. The family members of Bishop Simon had arrived on the previous day and they were witnessing the programme on the day of funeral. The officials, press-media and a number of political leaders including His Excellency Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha also visited the spot to pay homage to Bishop Simon.

The Requiem Mass for Bishop Simon is celebrated in the cathedral at 11.00 am on Tuesday 30th April.

His mortal remains were laid to rest at the Cathedral Church in Balasore. His death leaves a significant gap in Balasore Diocese. May His Soul Rest In Peace.

Bishop’s House, Balasore
Fr.Isaac Puthenangady
Diocesan Administrator

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Golden Jubilee of Apostolic Prefecture of Balasore.

Honoring St. Mother Teresa





Silver Jubilee of Diocese of Balasore was celebrated on 29th January, 2015.
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Episcopal Ordination of Rt. Rev. Dr. Simon Kaipuram C.M.

The newly Ordained Bishop Simon Kaipuram, C.M assumes his office as the second Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balasore.

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December 9, 2013: His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil C.M, D.D from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Balasore, India, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed, Dr. KAIPURAM SIMON C.M , of the clergy of Congregation of the mission (C.M) North Indian province, Rector, Aquinas College, Gopalpur –on -sea as Bishop in his place. The appointment was announced on Monday 09th of December on the occasion of the feast of Immaculate Conception of Mary, at 12.00 noon (Italian time) at Vatican and at Balasore at 4.30 P.M simultaneously.

Bishop Elect, Balasore Diocese, Odisha
Congregation of Mission (Vincentian)
Rector of Aquinas College, Gopalpur, Diocese of Berhampur


  • Born on 9 February 1954 at Thanneermukkom, Parish of Kannankara, Diocese of Kottayam, Kerala

  • Ordained priest on 20 December 1980

  • Academic grade: Licentiate and Doctorate in Biblical Theology from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

Ministries and Offices undertaken:

  • 1981-1982: Assistant Parish Priest at Aligonda, Diocese of Berhampur

  • 1982-1983: Assistant Parish Priest at Mohana, Diocese of Berhampur

  • 1983-1985: Biblical Theology Studies at Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

  • 1985-1989: Formator and Professor at Aquinas College, Gopalpur.

  • 1990-1993: Biblical Theology Studies at Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

  • 1994-1999: Rector of the Theology Study House, Pune

  • 1999-2007: Formator and Dean of Studies at Aquinas College

  • 2007-2011: Formator at the Vincentian Minor Seminary, Baripada (Diocese of Balasore)

  • From 2011: Rector and Professor at Aquinas College, Gopalpur

  • Member of the Diocesan College of Consulters and Assistant Provincial, Visiting Professor at various Seminaries and Theological Institutes in India

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The relief operation by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balasore after the severe cyclonic storm - Phailin and the massive flash flood which created a great havoc in the lives of the people in the Diocese.

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A few Reflections on my Priesthood during 50 years
(Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil, C.M.)
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Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil, C.M. with Pope Francis


Golden Jubilee Celebration of Our Beloved
Bp. Thomas Thiruthalil

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  • On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Caritas India, the premier socio development organ of the Catholic Church in independent India, Balasore Social Service Society (BSSS) of celebrated the Golden Jubilee in the Diocese of Balasore and conducted a workshop on, “Strategizing Human Development in the changing scenario” on the 30th January, 2012 at Deepthi Bhavan socio pastoral centre. Rt. Rev. Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil C.M, D.D the Bishop of Balasore and chairman of BSSS presided over the function. Mr. Girish Chandra Giri, the Zilla parishat president was the guest of Honor. The resources persons for the workshop were Mr. Abraham Edassery and Mr. Barla, the regional director of Caritas, Orissa.



  • This year the Christmas get-together for the fathers, brothers and sister will be held in the Bishop’s House, Balasore on 28th December. All the fathers, brothers and sister are cordially invited for it.

    The progromme on that will be as follows:
    11.00A.M - Talk by the Bishop
    12.00 Noon - Eucharist Celebration
    01.00P.M - Lunch

    Also on the same day 28th December at 5 P.M., there will be a Christmas get-together for a representation of people or different religion in the premises of St. Vincent’s Convent school ground, Balasore. A colorful cultural progromme will be presented to them at 5 P.M. At 7 P.M., dinner will be given to them. All the priest, brothers and sisters are invited to join this get-together and for the dinner.





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