Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey


   Rev. Monsignor Peter Kochery,
  Parochial Vicar


Reverend Peter Kochery Parochial Vicar

Born in India to a traditional Christian family that claims its Christian root even to the first century, I entered the seminary in 1960 and graduated from Papal Seminary, Pune in 1971. After 13 years as pastor in three different places I came to Toronto, Canada in 1985 for graduate studies in theology.

On returning to India in 1993 I was appointed the Rector of the Minor Seminary and Director of Formation for the Archdiocese of Tiruvalla. In 1997 I came to the U.S. on a temporary assignment as the pastor of St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Dallas and from there the Lord led me from one circumstance to another until I became a U.S. citizen and incardinated priest of the diocese of Trenton.


Some Highlights of Ministries:
- Pastor, in India & US
- Diocesan Director of Catholic Students League.
- Diocesan Consultor and Member of Curia.
- Rector of Seminary/ Diocesan Director of Formation.
- Editor, Diocesan Publication.
- Coordinator/President of Malankara Catholic Missions of North America.
- Nine Years as Parochial Vicar at St.Veronica, Howell.

Educational and Training Background:
- Pontifical Licentiates in Philosophy & Theology (India)
- Advanced Degree in Systematic Theology. (Canada)
- Certificate in Pastoral Counseling (India)
- Certificate in Pastoral Practioner in NLP (Canada)
- Two Months Training of Seminary Formators (Italy)

Experience & Background:
- Spiritual Direction, Directing Retreats, RCIA, Directed Pilgrimages to Holy Land, Medjugorje, Fatima-Lourdes, Italy, and Eastern Europe.

Special Interests:
Reading: Philosophy, Theology, Spirituality and Psychology, Prayer Meetings, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Lonergan Studies & Ecumenism.





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