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PLACKATTU FAMILY -MANIMALA
Fr Xavier P.J
"THAT ALL MAY BE ONE"
Fr Xavier Paitutharayil celebrated Golden Jubilee of his priesthood on 27.4.2009 at Sneha Deepam, near Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Following is a brief description of his life and times and how God helped him during these years to carry out the mission among the most deprived of His people.
Fr Xavier was born as the third child of his parents. His father’s name was Joseph and Mother Mariam. He had two elder brothers (Outhakuttichayan and Kunjuvarkychayan) (both deceased), and has one younger brother (Thomachan) and a sister (Mariamma, called as Pennamma). The village and parish he was born is Puthukary, St. Xavier’s Church in the present Archdiocese of Changanassery. He had his early studies in an elementary school near his home. He had to go to three other schools to complete my studies.
The schools he studied are: .
After his studies he wanted to become a priest. And by chance the father of one of his classmates and neighbors had the address of Late Arch Bishop Louis Mathias S.D.B. of
Msgr. Mora S.D.B. directed him to meet Very Rev. Joseph Thaiparampil who had come to Kerala for selecting candidates, and thus he joined the Seminary in Yercaud on 16th June 1949.
The fatherly love and guidance of V. Rev Fr Mora S.D.B, the rector and later on the guidance of V. Rev. Fr Mauri S.D.B. helped him to continue his seminary training. The saintly life of V. Rev Fr Valloggia S.D.B. had a great influence in the moulding of his life and of the seminarians of Poonamallee. He remembers them gratefully in his life.
Though Fr Xavier had joined the seminary for the Arch diocese of
The seminary studies were completed in April 1959 and as per the custom of the seminary, they were ordained on 23 April 1959 and all the twenty celebrated their First Holy Mass in the Seminary.
The first appointment of Fr Xavier was as an Assistant to V. Rev Fr Thomas George at Pathiavaram. He had known Fr Thomas in the Seminary as he was in the last year of his seminary training; and had one month regency with him as well. Fr Thomas was very kind a very zealous missionary. He was very kind to him and helped him to visit the villages and give the sacraments to the people. Pathiavaram Parish had many sub stations in those days and the priests used to go to the villages carrying the Mass kit. In those days sub stations could not afford vestments and missals.
The catechists of Pathiavaram must be praised for their cooperation in this regard. They were Mr Arputham, Mr Maria Soosai and Mr Bosco. May their souls Rest In Peace.
In the month of November 1959, Fr Xavier was transferred to Wandiwash Parish under the zealous Missionary V. Rev Fr Francis Schooz S.D.B. He was all for the missions who wanted masses to be celebrated every day in the villages. He always provided the conveyance and encouraged to learn riding two-wheelers and any body could use the vehicles in the
After a few months, in June 1960 he was sent back to Pathiavaram as Assistant to Fr. Gnanaprakasam, who gave him full responsibility and the opportunity to visit the people and care for their needs during the almost five years of his stay in Pathiavaram.
In September 1964 Thirumalai, a substation of Pathiavaram was made into Parish and Fr Xavier was appointed the First Parish Priest of St Dominic Savio Parish, Thirumalai. He worked hard to bring up the parish, but fell very sick becoming a frequent visitor to
Dr Maria Aschoff who knew Fr Xavier from the time he was at Pathiavaram asked the Bishop to transfer him for health reasons.
V. Rev Fr Theo Andreas S.D.B. who was the Parish Priest of Arokia Madha Mission had a dream to build a church in honour of Arokiamadha (Our Lady of Health). But he fell sick suddenly and had died on 08.01.1968.
Fr Xavier took up the unfinished dream of V. Rev. Fr Theo Andreas S.D.B. His native Parish in
During these years the mission saw many progress. In June 1972 the Franciscan Sisters of
At the request of the State Housing Board at Sathuachary to start a school, the
The mission was also fortunate to acquire some more lands at Rangapuram and the Sisters of St. Clare, a cloistered congregation with 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration was invited and their Monastery was blessed on 10.08.1979. This Monastery is in memory of the Silver Jubilee of the Diocese .
Sathuachary Mission was developed and it became a Parish in November 1982 and Fr Xavier was again the first Parish Priest of the place. The Providence of God and the protection of our Lady, Help of Christians and St Joseph helped to expand the mission work to Veppoor as there were many Christians who came from other Christian villages to work in tanneries.
Lands were purchased at Veppoor and small building was put up. Seeing the need of the place, a school was started at Veppoor. Today it is a full fledged
Veppoor was made into Parish in 1996 and again Fr Xavier was the Parish Priest. Holy Cross Sisters came to help in the school and the parish. The convent was blessed in 1997 and a new
The main thrust of Fr Xavier’s mission has been to educate as many children as possible. In the year 2003 he was 75 and he retired from active ministry.
After his active service, Fr Xavier stays at "Sneha Deepam”
P.O.Box 329, Doha, Qatar
(Rev Fr Xavier is the maternal uncle of the writer)
Note: Sneha Deepam at A.M.Puram also houses a Pallative Care Unit for the poor in coordination with Christian Medical College, Vellore.
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