Khrist Jyothi Province

FATHERS RESTING IN THE LOARD

  REV. BRO. JESTIN POONELY CST

Born 01/04/1991
Ordination
First Religious Profession 17/05/2010
Slept in the Lord 09/09/2011

The pleasant day of Thiruvonam witnessed an unfortunate and sad event due to the sad and unexpected death of our beloved Bro. Jestin Poonely. He was a loving, simple, sincere and a pious religious who entertained everyone with his charming personality and his art of behavior. He was a good leader, an actor and a good companion for all. He was born on 1st April, 1991 as the first born of Devassykutty and Mercy of Poonely family of Neeleeswaram parish of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. After completing his school studies at Govt. L.P.School i Neeleeswaram and S.N.D.P. High School Neeleeswararm, with an ardent desire to be a missionary Jestin joined the Khrist Jyoti Province of the Little Flower Congregation on 5th June, 2006.After two months of formation at Mudickal, he was sent to Little Flower Minor seminary at Malout, Punjab. After the completion of the Minor Seminary and Plus two course from Punjab, he entered the novitiate at Mookkannur on 16th May, 2009. In completion of the canonical novitiate under Rev. Fr. James Mundackal CST, he surrendered himself fully to the Lord through his First Profession, before Very. Rev. Fr. Thomas Anjilivelil CST, the Provincial Superior, on 17th May, 2010 In the month of June 2010, he started his philosophical studies at our Little Flower Seminary, Aluva. He was a sincere seminarian who was a friend of all. There was a something special in Bro. Jestin that no one will forget him. He was well at studies, speaking and acting. He was the leader of the batch and the secretary of Fr. Rector. After the Onam celebrations, while he was swimming in the pond in our own compound he drowned in front of his friends.The Fathers and Seminarians took him and rushed to the hospital. But we could not save him. When we reached him to the Karothukuzhy hospital, we were shocked to hear that he was no more. The body was kept in the mortuary of Karothukuzhy Hospital for the whole night. The next day morning after the postmortem the body was taken to the Little Flower Seminary. After the office for the dead by Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Kumpuckai CST, the Superior General, the body was taken to Bro. Jestin's home at Neeleswaram where under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Joy Ooreth, CMI the parishioners received the body. After the prayers the body was carried in procession to the parish church and from there to Aluva. The first part of the funeral was officiated by Very Rev. Fr. Superior General. Rt. Rev. Dr. Mar Thomas Chakkiath, the Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam- Angamaly was the main celebrant for the second part of the funeral rites. At 5 pm the thirtd part of the funeral was begun with the concelebrated Holy Eucharist with Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Kumpukkal CST, the Superior General as the main celebrant. Rev. Fr. Augustine Pamplany CST, the Rector of the Seminary preached the homily narrating the life of Bro. Jestin. The Final part of the funeral was officiated by Very Rev Fr. Thomas Anjilivelil CST, the Provincial Superior of Khrist Jyoti Province. His mortal remains are buried in the cemetery chapel of Little Flower Seminary Aluva. Bro. Jestin fondly known as P.D is the first born in heaven from CST among the Seminarians. We believe that he is really interceding for us with our Heavenly Patroness. M AY THE LORD GRANT HIM ETERNAL REST Fr. John Kapiarumalayi1 CST Provincial Superior NB: It is to be read in all our Ashrams at the eve of the Death Anniversary I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH. (2TIM 4: 7)

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