MAR AUGUSTINE KANDATHIL
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.
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.
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.
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.