Blessed Kunjachan

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Blessed Kunjachan Birth and Family of Kunjachan Thevarparampil

Celebration of the Death Anniversary

The first death anniversary of Kunjachan was duly celebrated on 16th October 1974, jointly by his relatives, the neophytes and the other parishioners. With the passing of years the number of participants at the death anniversary increased to several thousands. Bishops, priests and people from far and wide reached Ramapuram, making the place a renowned pilgrim centre. They all take part in the Sraddham, and eat the ceremonial meal with due devotion.

Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil, Bishop of Palai, in the homily preached on the death anniversary of the saintly priest, said: "Thousands of people are coming to the tomb of Kunjachan and after prayer go back to their houses with mental peace. Several people are getting God's graces through the intercession of Kunjachan. He used to give a lot of favours when he was alive and this is a continuation of that. He used to comfort those who were in sorrow and pain. He used to go among people with difficulties and he tried his best to solve their problems. His eagerness to comfort those in difficulties even after death is a continuation of that practice."

Kunjachan was seldom known beyond his field of work during his life. The  daily pilgrimage to the tomb, and the assembling of tens of thousands of Christians as well as members of other religions on the anniversary of his death indicate in a touching manner how much alive and impressive is his memory. Kunjachan who ever wanted to remain unknown, has now become a world celebrity.

Blessed Kunjachan