Bishop Rt. Rev. Alfred Livingstone Moore was the eldest son of Dr. Edward Moore, the principal of St. Edumund's Hall Oxford and was born in England in 1870. He took his MA from the university of Oxford and became a missionary of the Church Missionary Society in India. When he was just 32 years he became the principal of the CMS college Kottayam. After 2 years at Kottayam he left the job and for about 8 years he was a missionary in Tamil Nadu. Tamil and Malayalam were close to his heart and he could converse in both the languages with much ease. It was in February 1925, England that he was ordained the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of the Tranvancore - Cochin and he took charge of the Diocese at Kottayam in the same year. As a Bishop he was very broad minded and radical in his views. He was determined to put an end to the demon of cast system which was prevalent everywhere. He created history by ordaining two clergymen from the backward classes. Many community, schools were established by him in different parts of the diocese for the uplift of the backward classes. The community school at Ranni was established as early as 1928 and the innmates were given training in self employment schemes such as weaving, carpentry, cooking and agriculture. Although he was a missionary Bishop to the core when many backward classes approached him to be converted to Christianity just to escape discrimination he suffered. He discouraged it. He was of the firm opinion that a person should be converted to Christian faith only if one had personal belief and conviction. It is said, Mahatma Gandhi personally congratulated him for not allowing mass conversion. At a time when medical facilities were not available to poor people on the coastal area he introduced 'Mobile Dispensaries' on the country boards so that medical help could be taken to the door steps of the poor. The concept of ecumenism among the Christian churches in Kerala can probably be traced back to the common retreats and eucharist arranged by him in 1932 for the priest of both CMS and Marthoma Churches. Bishop Moore was a bachelor throughout and he served the diocese without drawing any salary or getting any remuneration all throughout his stay in Kerala. He subsisted on the help given by his sister from England. Whatever salary was due to him was put into a special fund in the diocese to support the future Bishops. He was tall, handsome, simple and saintly. He had such a magnetic personality that anyone who saw him even just once came under his magic spell. He retired from service in 1937 and went back to England. On 22nd September 1944 he left for his heavenly aboard. It was after the name of his great saintly Bishop that the 'Bishop Moore institutions' have come into existence.