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Friday, March 20, 2020

Another death in the d’Estouteville line

Bishop Soundararaju Periyanagam, S.D.B., Bishop of Vellore, died on 21 March 2020 in Saint Thomas Hospital, Chetpet, Vellore District. May he rest in peace.

The death of Bishop Periyanagam reduces the number of living members of the d’Estouteville line to 46.

An updated list of the living members of the d’Estouteville line as of 21 March 2020 appears below. 


Francis Kallarakal, Archbishop emeritus of Verapoly
Malayappan Chinnappa, S.D.B., Archbishop emeritus of Madras and Mylapore
Maria Callist Soosa Packiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Latins
Antony Ananadarayar, Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
Vincent Louis Marie Landel, S.C.J. de Beth., Archbishop emeritus of Rabat
Pierre Antoine Jean Bach, M.E.P., Titular Bishop of Tituli in Proconsulari and former 
 Vicar Apostolic of Savannakhet, Laos
Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, Bishop of Udon Thani, Thailand
Philip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Sebastian Thekethecheril, Bishop of Vijayapuram
Selvister Ponnumuthan, Bishop of Punalur
Christudas Rajappan, Titular Bishop of Avitta Bibba, Auxiliary of Trivandrum of the Latins
Mathew Cheriannkunnel, P.I.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Kurnool
Innayya Chinna Addagatla, Bishop emeritus of Srikakulam
Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam
Singaroyan Sebastianappan, Bishop of Salem
Peter Remigius, Bishop emeritus of Kottar
Jerome Das Varuvel, S.D.B., Bishop of Kuzhithurai
Amalraj Arulappan, Bishop of Ootacamund
Antonysamy Francis, Bishop of Kumbakonam
Devadoss Ambrose Mariadoss, Bishop of Tanjore
Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar

*Bernard Aubertin, O.Cist., Archbishop of Tours
*Armand Maillard, Archbishop of Bourges
*Guy Thomazeau, Archbishop emeritus of Montpellier
*Laurent Ulrich, Archbishop of Lille
*Hubert Barbier, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges
*Jean-Christophe Lagleize, Bishop of Metz
*Jean-Paul Vuillemin, Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary of Metz
*Jean-Marie Le Vert, Titular Bishop of Briançonnet and Auxiliary of Bordeaux,
*Gilbert Louis, Bishop emeritus of Châlons
*Michel Pansard, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes
*Philippe Christory, Bishop of Chartres
*Alain Planet, Bishop of Carcassonne et Narbonne
*Yves Boivineau, Bishop of Annecy
*Bernard Housset, Bishop emeritus of La Rochelle
*François Jacolin, M.D.P., Bishop of Luçon
*Gérard Coliche, Titular Bishop of Alet and former Auxiliary of Lille
*Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard, Titular Bishop of Maillezais and Auxiliary of Lille
*Claude-Joseph Azéma, Titular Bishop of Murcona and former Auxiliary of Montpellier
*Jean-Charles Thomas, Bishop emeritus of Versailles
*François-Mathurin Gourvès, Bishop emeritus of Vannes
*Alphonse Georger, Bishop emeritus of Oran

**Raphaël Dabiré Kusiélé, Bishop of Diébougou
**Paul Eusebius Mea Kaiuea, M.S.C., Bishop of Tarawa
**Paul Zinghtung Grawng, Archbishop emeritus of Mandalay
**Jean Baptiste Kpiéle Somé, Bishop emeritus of Diébougou

The bishops with an * are the original d'Estouteville group plus additions to their number since the combination of other lineages.  The bishops with ** are those who were previously known as the Ravizza line.

Friday, February 7, 2020

UPDATED LIST of LIVING MEMBERS of the d'ESTOUTEVILLE LINE (7 February 2020)

Malayappan Chinnappa, S.D.B., Archbishop emeritus of Madras and Mylapore
Francis Kallarakal, Archbishop emeritus of Verapoly
Maria Callist Soosa Packiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Latins
Antony Ananadarayar, Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore
Vincent Louis Marie Landel, S.C.J. de Beth., Archbishop emeritus of Rabat
Pierre Antoine Jean Bach, M.E.P., Titular Bishop of Tituli in Proconsulari and former 
 Vicar Apostolic of Savannakhet, Laos
Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, Bishop of Udon Thani, Thailand
Philip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Sebastian Thekethecheril, Bishop of Vijayapuram
Selvister Ponnumuthan, Bishop of Punalur
Christudas Rajappan, Titular Bishop of Avitta Bibba, Auxiliary of Trivandrum of the Latins
Mathew Cheriannkunnel, P.I.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Kurnool
Innayya Chinna Addagatla, Bishop emeritus of Srikakulam
Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam
Singaroyan Sebastianappan, Bishop of Salem
Peter Remigius, Bishop emeritus of Kottar
Jerome Das Varuvel, S.D.B., Bishop of Kuzhithurai
Amalraj Arulappan, Bishop of Ootacamund
Soundaraj Periyanayagam, S.D.B., Bishop of Vellore
Antonysamy Francis, Bishop of Kumbakonam
Devadoss Ambrose Mariadoss, Bishop of Tanjore
Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar

*Bernard Aubertin, O.Cist., Archbishop of Tours
*Armand Maillard, Archbishop of Bourges
*Guy Thomazeau, Archbishop emeritus of Montpellier
*Laurent Ulrich, Archbishop of Lille
*Hubert Barbier, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges
*Jean-Christophe Lagleize, Bishop of Metz
*Jean-Paul Vuillemin, Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary of Metz
*Jean-Marie Le Vert, Titular Bishop of Briançonnet and Auxiliary of Bordeaux,
*Gilbert Louis, Bishop emeritus of Châlons
*Michel Pansard, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes
*Philippe Christory, Bishop of Chartres
*Alain Planet, Bishop of Carcassonne et Narbonne
*Yves Boivineau, Bishop of Annecy
*Bernard Housset, Bishop emeritus of La Rochelle
*François Jacolin, M.D.P., Bishop of Luçon
*Gérard Coliche, Titular Bishop of Alet and former Auxiliary of Lille
*Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard, Titular Bishop of Maillezais and Auxiliary of Lille
*Claude-Joseph Azéma, Titular Bishop of Murcona and former Auxiliary of Montpellier
*Jean-Charles Thomas, Bishop emeritus of Versailles
*François-Mathurin Gourvès, Bishop emeritus of Vannes
*Alphonse Georger, Bishop emeritus of Oran

**Raphaël Dabiré Kusiélé, Bishop of Diébougou
**Paul Eusebius Mea Kaiuea, M.S.C., Bishop of Tarawa
**Paul Zinghtung Grawng, Archbishop emeritus of Mandalay
**Jean Baptiste Kpiéle Somé, Bishop emeritus of Diébougou

The bishops with an * are the original d'Estouteville group plus additions to their number since the combination of other lineages.  The bishops with ** are those who were previously known as the Ravizza line.
Living bishops from the pontificates of Pope Pius XII & Pope St. John XXIII - an update 

On 3 February 2020, Bishop William John McNaughton, M.M., Bishop emeritus of Incheon, South Korea, died in Methuen, Massachusetts. May he rest in peace.

As a result of his death, there are only 4 living bishops from the pontificate of Pope St. John XXIII.


Monday, December 9, 2019


Living bishops from the pontificates of Pope Pius XII & Pope St. John XXIII

As of 9 December 2019, there is one living bishop from the pontificate of Pope Pius XII and 5 living bishops from the pontificate of Pope St. John XXIII. They are:

Pontificate of Pope Pius XII

Archbishop Bernardino Piñera Carvallo, Archbishop emeritus of La Serena, Chile

Pontificate of Pope Saint John XXIII

Bishop Eloy Tato Losada, I.E.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Magangué, Colombia

Bishop William John McNaughton, M.M., Bishop emeritus of Incheon, South Korea

Bishop José de Jesús Sahagún de la Parra, Bishop emeritus of Ciudad Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico

Bishop Rémi Joseph De Roo, Bishop emeritus of Victoria, Canada

Bishop Yves-Georges-René Ramousse, M.E.P., Titular Bishop of Pisita, former Vicar Apostolic of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia

Friday, November 29, 2019

Roman-rite bishops belonging to the Maronite line

There have been two changes among those Roman-rite bishops who belong to the Maronite line.

Bishop Robert Anthony Llanos was named Bishop of Saint John’s-Basseterre on 18 December 2018.

Bishop Ernest Mesmin Lucien Cabo, Bishop emeritus of Basse-Terre, died on 28 November 2019 at Basse-Terre. With his death, there are now twelve living Roman-rite bishops who belong to the Maronite line.

Here is the list of the twelve bishops:

*Kelvin Edward Felix, Cardinal and Archbishop emeritus of Castries
*Edward Joseph Gilbert, C.Ss.R., Archbishop emeritus of Port of Spain
*Patrick Christopher Punder, Archbishop of Nassau
*Joseph Everard Harris, C.S.Sp., Archbishop emeritus of Port of Spain
*Charles Jason Gordon, Archbishop of Port of Spain
*Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau
*Francis Dean Alleyne, O.S.B., Bishop of Georgetown
*Robert Anthony Llanos, Bishop of Saint John’s-Basseterre
*Gerard Maximin County, C.S.Sp., Bishop of Kingstown
*Joseph Effiong Ekuwem, Archbishop of Calabar
*Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, Bishop of Umuahia
*Donatus Edet Akpan, Bishop of Ogoja

Another death in the d’Estouteville line

Bishop Joseph Antony Irudayaraj, S.D.B., Bishop emeritus of Dharmapuri, died on 29 November 2019 at Chennai. May he rest in peace.

The death of Bishop Irudayaraj reduces the number of living members of the d’Estouteville line to 47.

An updated list of the living members of the d’Estouteville line will be posted in due course.

Thursday, November 28, 2019


Death of a former Roman Catholic bishop

Mario Renato Cornejo Radavero, former titular bishop of Sanavus and former auxiliary bishop of Lima, died at Rouen, France, on 22 November 2015.

Bishop Cornejo left the Roman Catholic Church in 1969 and married. He eventually moved to France and settled in Mont Saint-Aignan, near Rouen, with a traditionalist community, l’Eglise Sainte-Marie, founded by a former Benedictine monk, Father Maurice Cantor. On 7 June 1970 he conferred episcopal ordination on Father Cantor and on 11 October 1987 he conferred episcopal ordination on two priests of the same community, Father Roland Fleury and Father Claude Ducrocq, whom he had previously ordained priests. The above-mentioned episcopal ordinations were conferred without papal mandates.

Several others have claimed to have been ordained bishops by Bishop Cornejo, but I have not seen documentation of those ordinations.

Bishop Cornejo was one of a handful of living council fathers of the Second Vatican Council.

Information concerning Bishop Cornejo has been virtually non-existent for more than a decade and it was during a Google search on 21 November that I found a publication from Mont Saint-Aignan which mentioned his death.

In the January 2016 issue of Le Mag, on page 13, in the list of recent deaths, is the briefest notice of his death: “22/11 Mario CORNEJO, 88 ans.” May he rest in peace.