Fr. Mathew Vattamattam CMF was re-elected as Superior General of the Congregation of the Claretian Missionaries on August 30, 2021. The XXVI General Chapter was inaugurated on the 15th of August and it will be continued until 11th of September. 78 delegates from different organism of our Congregation participate in the General Chapter in Nemi, Italy. Today the General superior election began with a heartfelt apostolic prayer, then with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Chapter members re-elected Fr. Mathew Vattamattam CMF as the new General Superior of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Fr. Mathew Vattamattam CMF was born on May 30, 1959 in Kalathoor, Kerala (India), St. Mary’s Parish, Kalathoor.
He did his basic studies at St. Mary School, Kalathoor, secondary studies at St. John’s High School, Kanjirathanam.
He entered the congregation at the Claret Bhavan in Kuravilangad on July 3, 1974. He made his first profession on May 31, 1978 and took his final vows on May 31, 1984. He was ordained a priest on May 10, 1986.
From 1986-1987 he served as assistant vocation promoter and assistant formator of aspirants at the Claret Bhavan Kuravilangad. From 1987 to 1988 he was appointed Vocation Promoter and formator in Belgaum Minor Seminary right. From 1988 to 1989 he was assigned as assistant to the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s, Champakulam, Kerala.
From 1989-1994 he studied for a Licentiate in Systematic Theology and a Licentiate in Psychology at the Gregorian University in Rome.
In 1994-96 he was appointed Director of the Claret Nivas Retreat House in Bangalore and assistant to the Master of Novices. From 1996-2003 he served as Novice Master of the Bangalore Province.
At the XXIII General Chapter, held in Rome in 2003, he was elected General Consultor and Prefect of Formation and re-elected to the same office in 2009. In the XXV General Chapter, he was elected 13th Superior General, a position he has now been ratified for six more years.