John Kuzhinapurath

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John Kuzhinapurath, OIC, (1904–1994) was among the first priests who united with the Catholic Church along with Archbishop Mar Ivanios on 20 September 1930 in the process of the formation of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

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Early life[edit]

The Five Pillars of 1930 Reunion Event: Metropolitan Archbishop Mar Ivanios, Bishop Jacob Mar Theophilos, Fr. John Kuzhinapurath OIC, Dn. Alexander OIC, Mr. Chacko Kilileth

Kuzhinapurath was born in 1904 near Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. He was the youngest child of Pakalomattom Kuzhinapurath Eapen and Kocheetha. He had his primary education in Government Middle School at Pathanamthitta. He was ordained deacon by the Orthodox Catholicos Mar Baselios in 1919. Then he studied for priesthood at M.D. Seminary, Kottayam, Kerala. Kuzhinapurath continued his secular studies at St. Thomas High School, Pala, Kerala. He completed his intermediate education at C.M.S College, Kottayam.

Monastic practice[edit]

Kuzhinapurath joined the Bethany Ashram, the monastic order founded by Archbishop Mar Ivanios. He made his first monastic profession and Mar Ivanios ordained him priest in 1929. Kuzhinapurath followed Mar Ivanios and reunited with the Catholic Church on 20 September 1930.

He had a monastic formation of one year in the Carmelite Monastery at Trivandrum. He served the Bethany Ashram as novice master and Superior General. He worked in several mission centers at Thiruvalla and Trivandrum. He cycled several kilometers every day to do missionary and charitable work. He started the prayer centre at the T. B. Sanitorium at Pulayanarkotta, Trivandrum. He founded the famous St. Jude's Shrine at Vettinadu, Trivandrum by the side of Kerala State High Way, SH 220.[1]

He wrote the book Sahana Yanjgam (Sacrificial Suffering).

Kuzhinapurath died on 28 January 1994.

The Bethany Ashram published a special issue of Bethany Sabdam, a compilation of memories about Kuzhinapurath in 1995.[2]


Release of the Book Preshita Deepam by Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis; Standing: Mon. James Paravila, Mon. Samuel Kattukallil, Peter C. Abraham, Dr. George Onakkur, Mon. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC, Dr. Jose Mariadas OIC, Dr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath

The death anniversary and commemoration of Fr. John Kuzhinapurath OIC was celebrated on 30 January 2010. Thomas Kuzhinapurath and seven other priests from Kuzhinapurath family concelebrated Holy Qurbono at Bethany Ashram, Nalanchira, Trivandrum, where Kuzhinapurath is buried, followed by a commemoration meeting presided at by Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis. Cleemis gave the first copy of the book Preshita Deepam, the biography of Kuzhinapurath, written by Peter C. Abraham, to George Onakkur. Baselios Cleemis said Fr. John was truly a refuge to the poor and the destitute.[3] The second edition of the biography of Kuzhinapurath, "Preshita Deepam" was released at the 5th quinquennial assembly of the Great Pakalomattom family at Kuravilangadu on December 19, 2015. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the President of Catholic Bishops'Conference of India released book by giving the first copy to Alexander Jacob, IPS, the former Director General of Police, Kerala, India.[4]


Fr. Thomas Inchaykkalodi, Archbishop Mar Ivanios, Vol. 1, Bethany Publications, Kottayam, 2006.

Peter C. Abraham, Peshita Deepam: Fr. John Kuzhinapurath OIC, Malankara Catholic Publications, Trivandrum, 2010.


  1. ^ See, John Elavinakkuzhiyil, Bethany Sabdam, 1995.
  2. ^ See, John Elavinakkuzhiyil, Bethany Sabdam, 1995.
  3. ^ Malayala Manorama, Deepika, Mathrubhumi, 31 January 2010
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