Rev. Dr Abraham Mulamoottil, after obtaining Ph. D from the K. U. Leuven, Belgium, founded and became the Principal of MACFAST (Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies Tiruvalla http://www.macfast.org) The Trendsetter in Education – which is a recognised PhD centre for Biosciences, apart from MBA, MCA courses and he also introduced few M.Sc. courses for the first time in Kerala/India: Bioinformatics, Plant Biotechnology, Food Science and Technology, Phytomedical Science and Technology. Afterwards, he became the Chairman and Chief Executive of Pushpagiri Group of Medical Institutions, Tiruvalla – ‘We Care God Cures’ (https://www.pushpagiri.in) – which offer almost all medical undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His innovative skill and imagination made St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral as one of the marvels recognised by the ‘Incredible India’, and a model of national-religious integration (https://www.keralatourism.org). He initiated the decentralized ‘Clean and Green Project’ for MACFAST and extended it to Tiruvalla Municipality (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/MACFAST-to-launch-lsquoclean-cityrsquo-project-in-Thiruvalla/article16840525.ece). He promoted experiential learning at MACFAST aimed at making students change agents and this began with the distribution and marketing of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” in Kerala. Founding one of the first community radios in Kerala, RADIO MACFAST 90.4 FM, he constantly pursues to bridge the knowledge divide between academia and traditional knowledge and has given voice for the voiceless and the less heard (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/Radio-Macfast-90.4-Travancorersquos-new-voice/article16889624.ece). He pioneered the first biggest Solar project in Kerala installing 130 kW Solar Power Plant at MACFAST (https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/states-first-solarpowered-campus-coming-up-in-thiruvalla/article2650263.ece).  He founded peacepeopleplanet.org – Innovate Our Space – a registered not-for-profit society and a Susthiratha Environment Education and Development (SEED) Foundation, a non-profit registered company. Through these platforms, he promotes sustainable development goals, encourages stewardship of the environment, protects humanism, and disrupt established thinking. These organizations try to uncover the creativity of persons to ‘Innovate our Space’. The activities of the organizations are mainly centred on awareness and capacity building in healthcare, education, environment, entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation to advance towards a knowledge society.  He has made extensive education visits, delivered speeches all over the world, received many awards and has authored four books – Puthiya Veenjum Puthiya Kuppiyum (Reflections), Vijnana Samuha Nirmiti (Knowledge Society), E-Rupee to Reinvent India, The Tent of the Pilgrim of Exile – and several articles in different periodicals and dailies. He is a Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Tiruvalla, Kerala, India.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born
Rev. Dr. Abraham Mulamoottil was born as the fifth of six children to Mariamma Varughese and M. V. Varughese—on November 24, 1954 and was baptised on 16 December 1954. It was usual at that time the admissions to schools were done sans papiers. So, official documents like passport, etc. carry his birthday as 15th May 1954.  Even as a young boy his active and inquisitive mind was naturally drawn towards the various facets of science and technology. This fascination with science, developed through the years, has played a key role in the formation of his ideas and principles. These ideas have been the driving force of his tireless efforts to work for the advancement of his fellow Indians.
  • Joining the Seminary
Dr. Mulamoottil’s then parish priest, Fr. Alexander Arakkapadavil, played an important role in his life, particularly during his formative years.  Fr. Arakkapadavil through his words and deeds inspired the young lad to emulate him by embracing the vocation of priesthood.  So, after completing his schooling at M.G.M. High School, Tiruvalla, the young Abraham joined the I.M.M minor seminary, Tiruvalla in 1970 to pursue his chosen vocation. His good marks in science subjects in school helped him to acquire admission in S. B. College, Changanacherry in first group (Maths, Physics, Chemistry) for pre-degree.
  • Priestly Ministry 

His career as a priest started as an assistant parish priest in 1981 and later became the vicar of St. George, Chakundu, Palakkad District, St. Marys Kombazha, Trichur Dist., St. Marys, Pandankary, Alleppey Dist., St. Josephs, Niranam, St. Marys, Mannar East, St. Catherine, Mannar West, St. Marys, Thalavady North & South and St. Antony’s Church Pullad, Pathanamthitta Dist. 

  • Ecclesiastical Engagements

He was appointed Director of Family Apostolate of the Diocese of Tiruvalla in 1984 and started a unit of the Council for Catholic Women of India (CCWI) at Tiruvalla. In 1986, he was made the Director, Malankara Catholic Youth Movement (MCYM) and later in 1987, started Catholic Study Circle (CSC), the for-runner of the Malankara Catholic Association (MCA). He founded Jesus Camp, a summer vacation camp (1987) for children and eventually, he was appointed as the Director, Department of Catechesis in 1989 and the Rector, Tiruvalla Pastoral and Catechetical Centre (Shanthi Nilayam). During his tenure he constructed a new building for Shanthi Nilayam (Mar Theophilos Block) which was inaugurated in 1991. He was an elected member of the Senate of Priests and Member of the Diocesan Eparchial Council for several terms. After returning from Leuven, Belgium in 1998, he was appointed Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Tiruvalla. He was a Visiting Professor of St Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary, Trivandrum was a Member, Theology Commission, Kerala Bishops’ Conference, Coordinator, Kristu Jayanthi (Jubilee 2000), First Secretary to the Commission for Catechesis, Malankara Catholic Bishops’ Council and Director, Higher & Technical Education, Catholic Diocese of Tiruvalla. He served at Pushpagiri Hospital as Administrator in 1999 and re-joined as Chairman and Chief Executive in 2011. In 2000, was appointed as the Executive Director of St. John’s Cathedral Reconstruction. He founded MACFAST College in 2001.

  • Music Director
At the minor seminary as well as at the major seminary thereafter, his love for music and his mellifluous voice made him well known as a singer.  His immense talent resulted in the authorities entrusting him with several key positions in the music ministry including the Choir Master of the Apostolic Major Seminary at Vadavathoor, Kottayam from 1973 to 1980. His aptitude and love for music continued to flourish after his ordination inspiring him, among other things, to release a Christian devotional songs cassette and improvise the songs of the Malankara Liturgy in particular the “Oxios” song of the consecration of a Bishop. He made new music for the Holy Mass of Malankara Catholic Church and conducted several Choirs of the Diocesan Programmes, Anthem of MCYM, Jesus Camp etc.  In 1981 he started Wings Orchestra, Tiruvalla, and associated with the Madhurima Music School Tiruvalla and other Orchestras in Kerala. In 1988 he produced a Malayalam Devotional Music Album – Divya Prakasam. In 1998, he had the opportunity to use his musical talent to conduct the joint Malayalam choir of Malankara and Malabar Church during a Holy Mass for the closing of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of Asia held at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The (late) Pope John Paul II was the main celebrant at this Eucharistic Celebration. http://www.ucanews.com/story-archive/?post_name=/1998/05/18/pope-john-paul-closes-synod-for-asia-with-solemn-mass-and-farewell-lunch&post_id=11436 Eventually, he used to conduct along with Tiruvalla Gopalakrishnan (Violinist) “Hundred Member orchestra” in Tiruvalla as part of National Integration Day programmes, Onam Celebrations, Tiruvalla Public Stadium Promotion Programmes, etc. His interest in music also affected his decision in the establishment of Radio Macfast 90. 4. FM in 2009.
  • Back to “God’s Own Country”

His initial interactions with the Europeans in Belgium increased his awareness of their perception of India.  He realized that they looked upon India as a country that fell from pre-colonization glory to post colonization misery.  During his seven year stay in Europe, however, he began noticing a gradual change in this outlook in the 1990s.  As India advanced in the field of information technology (IT), the Europeans realized that India was going to be an IT powerhouse.

Prompted by India’s emergence on the global IT scene and inspired by Teilhard’s idea of self worth and Levinas’ philosophy of responsibility towards the Other, he returned to India in 1998 with a vision to help further India’s global standing. This vision sowed the seeds of the MACFAST (Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies Tiruvalla) college.  Although a college with any of the routine pure science disciplines such as Physics or Chemistry would have helped further scientific knowledge among his fellow Indians, it would not make them competitive globally. Knowing this he decided to offer unconventional disciplines such as Bioinformatics, Food Science and Technology, Plant Biotechnology, and Phytomedical Science and Technology, at MACFAST.