Alencherry, George
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Bernardo alle Terme
Native Country: India
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Syro-Malabarese) 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 19 April 2025

H.B. Cardinal George Alencherry was born On 19 April 1945 at Thuruthy, Changancherry, India, and baptized with the name Geevarghese. He holds a BA in economics and an MA in theology and philosophy. He was encouraged to pursue his studies but also served as vicar of the filial church at Pariyarmugham. He was ordained a priest on 19 November 1972. He was then assistant vicar at the Cathedral Church of Changanacherry and director of the Arch-diocesan Faith Formation Department and served for three years as secretary of the Commission for Catechism of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC). He earned a doctorate in biblical theology and a specialization in catechetics in Paris. On his return to India he was appointed director of the inter-ritual Oriental Pastoral Centre, and deputy secretary of the KCBC, serving at the same time as professor at St Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, where he continued to teach until 1997. From 1994 to 1996 he was protosyncellus of the Metropolitan of Changanacherry. Pope John Paul II established the new Diocese of Thuckalay in 1996 and appointed him the first Bishop. He received episcopal ordination on 2 February 1997. Bishop George Alencherry served the Syro-Malabar Church as secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and as chairman of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Commission for Catechism, and of the Commission for the Laity of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. On 26 May 2011 Pope Benedict XVI granted him the requested ecclesial communion after his canonical election as Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamalhy for Syro Malabars by the Syro-Malabar Synod.