H. G. Most Rev.Alexander Thomas Kaliyanil

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Born in VallachiraKerala, Kaliyanil joined the Divine Word Missionaries in 1987 and was ordained a priest on 7 May 1988, being sent to Zimbabwe the year after. He holds a Diploma in Economics from Mysore University, India. Since 1989 he has been a missionary in Zimbabwe, in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo, where he held the following positions: 1990–1992: vicar of Holy Cross Parish in Tshabalala, 1992–1997: parish mission Embakwe, 1997–2005: parish priest of St. Joseph Tsholotsho and dean of the Southern and Northern Deanery, 2005–2008: diocesan bursar; since 2001: ex officio director of the Catholic Development Commission (Caritas Zimbabwe) from 2008: regional superior of the Society of the Divine Word in Zimbabwe.[2] He became archdiocesan treasurer in 2005, and the local superior of the Divine Word Missionaries in 2008.

On 20 June 2009, Kaliyanil was appointed the third archbishop of Bulawayo by Pope Benedict XVI.