Places & Persons
Blessed by the footsteps and preaching of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal born in Kattoor
Blessed Mariam thresia born in Puthenchira
Servant of Fr. God Canisius Thekkekara CMI
Anandapuram Servant of Fr. God Canisius Thekkekara CMI
Fr. Canisius was born on May 12, 1914 as the seventh and the youngest child of Lonappan and Mariam in the family of Thekkekara Pothaparambil in Anandapuram parish in the diocese of Irinjalakuda. He was baptized on June 6, 1914 with the baptismal name Ouseph. His father, Lonappan was known for his hard working nature and sense of justice, and his mother Mariam was admired for her piety and affectionate nature. According to Fr.Canisius he learned the ideal of his life, “God’s will… that alone … that in full” from his parents. With gratitude he testified, “The most important grace that the Lord bestowed on me is my father and mother. Their law of life was this: God’s Will: All of it and that alone.”
Ouseph Joined the congregation of CMI as an Aspirant and completed his matriculation at St.Joseph’s High School, Pavaratty. Subsequently he went through the religious formation imparted in the Novitiate of CMI congregation at Ampazhakkad and made his First Profession on 24 November 1935. The religious name he was given at the time on the First Profession was Canisius of St.Teresa. In the Novitiate his Novice Master was Rev. Bartholomew, a saintly Father who was later elected to the post of Prior General of CMI congregation.
Brother Canisius was chosen to do his philosophical and theological studies outside Kerala, at the well known St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore, Karnataka State. On 23 January 1938, Bro. Canisius made his final profession during his ecclesiastical studies. His Seminary Master was Rev. Fr. Maurus, known for his holy life and administrative skill, who was later twice elected Prior General of the congregation. Brother Canisius, on successful completion of the required studies in Philosophy and Theology, reached the realization of his long-cherished and joyful moment of Ordination and was ordained a Priest on 21 December 1942.
After the Priestly Ordination Fr. Canisius took his Doctor of Divinity degree at Kandy in 1945, and in 1952 he secured D.S.S (Doctor in Sacred Scripture) from the Biblical Institute in Rome. His doctoral thesis was Cardinal Seripando: an Exegete and Biblical Theologian. Thus he became the first ever Indian and second Asian who was awarded with doctorate in Sacred Scripture. Fr.Canisius has authored a few books, rich in content and theological insights and a few biographical sketches and prayer books.