Bishop Mar George Madathikandathil, son of Mathew and Aleykutty, was born on May 9, 1956. He hails from the parish of St. Sebastian’s, Purapuzha, of the Eparchy of Kothamangalam. After having his preliminary studies at Govt. L.P School, Purapuzha, St. Sebastian’s U.P School, Purapuzha and St. Augustine’s High School, Karimkunnam, he joined the St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Kothamangalam on July 5, 1971 in answer to the call of the Lord to priesthood. After his studies there, he was sent to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Carmelgiri, Alwaye for his philosophical training and completed his theological training at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalapuzha, Alwaye. Bishop Mar George Punnakottil, successor to Mar Matthew Pothanamuzhi, ordained him priest on December 23, 1980 at Purapuzha.