Khrist Jyothi Province

FATHERS RESTING IN THE LOARD

  REV. FR. EDAKALATHUR JACOB CST

Born 04/07/1956
Ordination 27/12/1984
First Religious Profession 17/05/1976
Slept in the Lord 10/5/2016

Fr. Jacob Edakkalathur was born on July 4, 1956 at Mundoor, presently, St. Mary’s Church, Enamakkal, as the third child of the devout parents, Paulose and Elikkutty. Member of a family of six, with two brothers and three sisters, he inherited the noble tradition of the Edakkalathur family in terms of deep catholic faith and intimate fraternal bonds. The seeds of his vocation were sown in the fertile ground of the traditional faith of his family and the values of his religious convictions were anticipated in his upbringing itself. At the moments of this grief, we do not fail to place on record our indebtedness to the Edakalathur family. He had his schooling at RCVP School, Thoyakkavu and St. Joseph’s High School, Enamakkal. He joined the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Mookkannur on June 18, 1974. He did his novitiate at Little Flower Novitiate, Puthencruz, and made his first profession on May 17, 1976. He had his training in philosophy at Little Flower Seminary, Aluva, from 1976 to 1978. His missionary motivations and preferential concerns for the marginalised in the society were already prefigured in his regency, which he spent with the adivasis at Gramashram, Attappady and the people on the outskirts of Trivandrum in 1979. He had his theological formation at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Mangalappuzha from 1980-84, and was ordained on December 27, 1984. Embodying the Theresian vision to be love in the heart of the Church, he fostered a lasting legacy of being a Shepherd’s presence in the hearts of the sheep folk for the long 32 years of his priestly life. His pastoral apostolate beginning with his first appointment as the assistant vicar of St. Francis Forane Church, Velur, Thrissur, spanning over 14 parishes in the vast area of Punjab and Rajasthan, extending to the foreign mission of Dundee in Scotland, remains to be literally unending as he was about to undertake a pioneering pastoral mission at a new station in Sujangarh in Rajasthan. He had been Vocation Director, Vice Rector and Procurator at Little Flower Minor Seminary, Irikkur from 1986 to 1988. He joined the mission in Punjab and Rajasthan as Parish priest of St. Mary’s Church, Makku in 1988. He was parish priest at Bikaner Deanery from 1990 -1992. For the following two years, he had been Parish Priest, Manager, and Social Work Director at Sri Ganganagar, Rajashtan, and again, Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Church, Malout, Punjab, from 1992-1994, and parish Priest, and school manager at St. Mary’s School, Sikar in Rajasthan. He also served as mission councillor from 1992 to 1995. He had been director of the St. Joseph’s Hostel at Abohar from 1997 to 1999 and Principal of Sacred Heart Convent School, Malout. He had been Provincial Econome from 2001 to 2003. From 2003 to 2006, he rendered service at Fazilka in Punjab as Manager and Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Church. For the following three years, he also rendered pastoral help in the Diocese of Dundee in Scotland. He had been very innovative in his overseas ministry with the celebration of Holy Mass in the mother tongue for the overseas Syro-Malabar faithful there and by facilitating their communion in many ways. He was appointed back in Rajasthan as the Manager of the St. Mary’s School and Parish Priest at Sikar. He was manager of the Bikaner Boys School and Superior of Little Flower Ashram, Bikaner from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to 2012, he had been manager of Sacred Heart School, Fazilka and Parish Priest of Little Flower Church. Igmenz Industrial training Centre, and Holy Rosary Church in Ajmer had been his field of service as director and Parish Priest from 2012 to April, 2016. It was while being the parish priest of St. Mary’s Church, Sikar and Priest-in-charge of Sujangarh in Rajasthan that he was called to his eternal reward. He had been to Kerala from May 4 on his vacation particulary for blessing the marriage of his niece. As he had been crossing the road at 5.45 am on May 10, on the way to Church for the Holy Mass from his Sister’s residence at Kuriachira, he was knocked down by a car. Sustaining major stroke on the head, he had been bleeding profusely. Though he was rushed to the Jubilee Mission Hospital, Thrissur, the surgical procedures were unsuccessful in controlling the bleeding and the other impacts of the stroke. As his condition had been detioriating, he was anointed by Superior General, Fr Francis Kilivallickal CST, and he breathed his last at about 10.30 pm, in the presence of many of our fathers, including Fr Saji Nellikunnel CST, the Provincial Superior of Khrist Jyoti Province. The last day of Fr Jacob was also a testimony to our CST communion and fraternity. The fathers from Velur, Sanjeevani and Vettikattiri Ashrams were the first to reach at the hospital. Fr. General and his Councillors, Provincial Supierors Frs. John Kadaliyil CST and Saji Kanayankal CST, Rector and fathers of Little Flower Seminary, Aluva, and a number of our other fathers also reached at the hospital soon after the accident and prayed for him. His Grace Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath visited him at the hospital and prayed for Fr Jacob. Auxiliary Bishop Mar Raphel Thattil said the office for the Dead at the hospital. His body was kept at his home and at his home parish at 3pm the followig day for people to pay homage. Mar Paul Alappatt, Bishop of Ramanathapuram said the office of for the dead at home. His body was received at Khrist Jyoti Mission Bhavan Mudickal in the evening by Provincial Superior Fr Saji Nellikunnel CST and Ashram Superior Fr Jaimon Vengacheril CST along with other fathers. Fr General presided over the concelebrated Holy Mass. Many priests, religious brothers and sisters, and people from the various walks of life paid homage to Fr Jacob at Mudickal. The first part of the funeral prayers was officiated by Fr. Provincial at 10am on the following day and his body was shifted to our Seminary at Aluva. Fr. General led the second part of the funeral prayers. Bp. Jose Puthenveettil, Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese officiated at the final funeral ceremony and Fr. Mathew Kumpuckal CST offered a touching memoir of Fr Jacob in his homily. He was buried at the cemetery of the seminary chapel, Aluva. Fr Jacob offered us a 32 year legacy of rejoicing religious life, as epitomized in the apostolic exhortation of Rejoice by Pope Francis. We thank Fr Jacob for his smiling witness even against his own death, his model life, his sincere religious rendering and brotherly love. Though hailing from Kerala, he made Rajashtan and Punjab as his second home and home-states spending nearly 28 years of his social, educational and priestly career on this mission soil. In his parallel ministry as an educationist, besides being a principal and manager of several schools, he had also been co-ordinator of all the ICSE Schools under the Khrist Jyoti Province in Punjab from 2001 to 2003. Fr Jacob had a special interest in the young generation of students. As a principal and teacher he paid special attention to the character formation of students and his style of training crossed the class room borders. His students also kept him close to their heart and many of them sustained their interaction with him even after they passed out from the school. He fostered a personal rapport with the teachers under his leadership and always had a very proactive approach towards their concerns. His professional career had been no barrier for his personal interaction with them. Though he had been uncompromising with the issues of discipline and order, he did not fail to deploy the Christian values of compassion and mercy whenever the circumstances warranted it. He enabled every teacher to bring out the best in him/her by motivating and guiding them as an inspiring leader and colleague. As a priest and social activist, he had a preferential option for those on the borders of the society. He always dreamt of a society, where the values of justice, and equality prevailed and dedicated his life for cultivating these values in the students entrusted to him. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in the Gospel was one of the most striking Gospel passages for Fr. Jacob. Through his many innovations in the field of social service in Punjab and Rajasthan, he stood for a secular society founded on the spiritual foundation of the single Fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of humanity, against the odds of all caste and creed. His ideal perspectives bestow on him the title of a true patriot and real reformer. Ardent devotion to St. Little Flower, passionate love for the congregation and deep prayer experience hold the key to the effectiveness of his various ministries. His personality was a rare blend of personal convictions with everything virtuous about the Edakalathur family and the charism of the Little Flower Congregation. In him we saw the flames of missionary zeal and through him we touched the sweetness of brotherhood, for with him was the real beauty and joy of being a priest. Fr Jacob has left a lasting legacy of his own in terms of priestly commitment, professional excellence and personal approaches in the pastoral and educational services of the Little Flower Congregation. Though no longer physically present with us, he will continue to inspire us and his legacy will be perennially radiant on the pastoral, educational and social landscape of the Little Flower Congregation in general and of Khrist Jyoti Province in particular. Gratefully recollecting our immense indebtedness to Fr Jacob, we pray that he who has joined the heavenly host may continue to serve us through his heavenly intercessions.

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