Bishop Jerome Dhas Varuvel, SDB, was born 21 October 1951 in Paduvoor in the diocese of Kottar. He attended Carmel Secondary School in Nagercoil. From 1967 to 1968 he followed the pre-university course at the Scott Christian College, Nagercoil metal water bottle with straw. From 1968 to 1970 he attended the minor seminary at St
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. Aloysius Seminary in Nagercoil. He studied philosophy at Sacred Heart Seminary in Poonamallee (1970-1973). He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arulanandar College, Karumathur, Madurai (1973-1976). In 1976 he decided to join the Salesians of Don Bosco. After completing the pre-novitiate (1976-1977) and novitiate (1977-1978), made his religious profession temporary 24 May 1978. On 24 May 1981 he made his perpetual vows. From 1981 to 1986 he studied theology at the Salesians in Rome. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and in Theology and a Licentiate in Pedagogy at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.
He was ordained priest by St. John Paul II on 2 June 1985. It belongs to the Salesian Province of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
On December 22, 2014, Pope Francis appointed him the first bishop of the newly-erected diocese of Kuzhithurai, which was bifurcated from the diocese of Kottar. He was consecrated as bishop of the diocese of Kuzhithurai on February 24, 2015 at a ceremony presided by Peter Remigius, bishop of the diocese of Kottar. Co-consecrators were the Archbishop of Madurai, Antony Pappusamy, and the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, George Antonysamy.
After priestly ordination he held the following positions: