Pope Francis created the diocese of Sulthanpet and made Monsignor Antonysamy Peter Abir its first bishop on December 28, 2013.
The bishop-elect Antonysamy was born in Sathipattu, India in 1952, and was ordained a priest in 1979.
He holds a master’s degree in biblical theology from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, India, a master’s degree in literature and history from the University of Titrupathy, India, a licentiate in sacred scriptures from the Biblicum in Rome, and a doctorate in sacred scriptures from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome.
He has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles, including secretary to the archbishop of Bangalore and the chancellor of the Curia, professor of sacred scriptures at the Good Shepherd seminary, Coimbatore, parish priest of Kurumbagaram, director of St. Paul’s Bible Institute, Poonamelle, deputy secretary of the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council, co-ordinator of the Catholic Biblical Federation of South Asia, and director of the Tamil Nadu Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre.
Since 2004 he is the director of the Emmaus Spirituality Centre, Sithanagur, which he founded in 2004.