Mar Raphael Thattil was born to Ouseph and Thresia on 21 April 1956 and was baptized on 30 April 1956 in Thrissur. Lazar (late), Thomas, Baby (late) Francis, Sosannam, Joy and John, are his brothers and sisters. After his primary education at St Thomas College HS, Thrissur, he joined St Mary's Minor Seminary, Thope on 04 July 1971. He completed his study of Philosophy and Theology in St Thomas Ap. Seminary Kottayam in 1980. He was ordained by Mar Joseph Kundukulam in Thrissur Doloures Basilica. on 21 December 1980. He did his higher studies in Rome and took doctorate in Oriental Canon Law. His thesis was on "Clerical Formation in the Syro Malabar Church: A Historico-Juridical Study".

After his ordination he served as Asst. Vicar, Aranattukara (1981-82), Fr Prefect & Asst Procurator, St Mary's Minor Seminary (1982-83), Acting Vicar, Koonammoochy (1983), Acting Vicar, Cherumkuzhy (1983). On returning back from Rome, he served in the Archbishop's House as Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, Adj. Judicial Vicar, Judge and later Syncellus and Proto-Syncellus. He was the director of DBCLC & Catechism (1992-1995). On 20 January 1998, he was appointed the project officer of the new Marymatha Major Seminary, after a few months appointed as the first Rector of the same (1998-2006). He also worked as president and member of many committees and commissions.

He was ordained Bishop on 10 April 2010 and appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Trichur and Titular Bishop of Bruni. In 2014, he was appointed as Apostolic visitor for the Syro-Malabar faithful residing outside the territorium proprium. Pope Francis named him the first Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Shamshabad on 10 October 2017 and he was installed on 7 January 2018. On 08 January 2024, the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Synod elected Mar Raphael Thattil as Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, thus becoming the Father and Head of nearly five million Syro-Malabar faithful around the globe.

His enthronement as the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church took place at Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia Mount St Thomas on 11 January 2024.

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