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OUR FOUNDER -
MAR AUGUSTINE KANDATHIL

Mar Augustine Kandathil was born of Varkey and Thresia on 25th Aug. 1874 at Chempu in Kottayam Dist. Kerala. He had his preliminary education at Chempu itself. His middle school education was at Vaikom. A desire to become a priest had already in him by this time. Augustine joined at Carmelite Seminary at Vazhakulam on 04 Nov 1887 and studied Syriac there for 9 months. As per the direction of the bishop Levienge he joined the Seminary at Mannanam on July 24, 1888. He went to St. Berchuman's School at Changanacheryin order to learn more English in 1892 and was sent to the Seminary at Kandy from there at the age of 19. He had a enjoyable and beneficial training for priesthood at Kandy from 1893 to 1901 and received his priestly ordination from Rt. Rev. Msgr. Panjani, the bishop of Kandy on 21 Dec. 1901 at the age of 28. He was the first one from the Archdiocese of Ernakulam to get ordained at kandy. Fr. Augustine was appointed as the first Rector the Petit Seminary of the Archdiocese by His Grace Mar Louis Pazheparampil in 1902. He continued this post very successfully till he became the bishop in 1911. Mar Pazheparampil desired to have Fr. Augustine as his successor and the wish was communicated to Rome. Accordingly, as he desired, Fr. Augustine himself was appointed as the bishop of Arad and the successor of Mar pazheparampil in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. His Episcopal Ordination was on Dec. 3, 1911 at the Cathedral in Kandy.

Mar Louis Pazheparamil passed away in 1919. Mar Augustine kandathil took charge of the Vicariate on 18 Dec. 1919 assumed office as the Archbishop on 21 Dec. in 1923. In 1925 he visited Rome to thank the Holy Father personally. In Rome, he got the chance to participate in the solemn Canonization ceremony of St. Little Flower.

After having participated in this ceremony, the Archbishop visited Ireland too, among the other European countries. In Ireland, he had the opportunity to visit the Irish Christian Brothers, and see personally the schools and other institutions conducted by them. The then Irish President, Mr. Kosgrave, was an old student of Christian Brothers' school. Therefore, they had a closer and deeper relationship with the president. They made the necessary arrangements for the Archbishop to go and meet the President without much formalities.

This providential coincidence of participation in the Canonization of the Little Flower and of visiting and coming to know at close quarters the activities of the Irish Christian Brothers was a source of inspiration for the Archbishop to found in his Archdiocese a religious congregation for Brothers in the name of St. Therese of Lisieux. Thus he founded the Congregation of St. Therese of Lisieux on 19 March 1931.
The illustrious prelate passed away to his eternal reward on 10 January 1956, after having received his auxiliary Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Parecattil.

 
 
 


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