- Joining the Seminary
- 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
- 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.
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