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Blessed Kunjachan Birth and Family of Kunjachan Thevarparampil

To the Seminary

Augustine Thevarparampil joined the Minor Seminary at Changanacherry* to become a diocesan priest, like his uncles Frs. Joseph and Thomas. In the first decades of the 20th century motor vehicles were not seen on the roads of Kerala. People went from place to place, mostly on foot. Augustine’s journey from Ramapuram to Changanacherry was accomplished in two phases. First he went to Kottayam on foot covering a distance of about 38 kilometers. He walked bare foot along the dusty roads full of stones and thorns. Then from Kottayam he travelled to Changanacherry by boat.

In the Major Seminary

On completing the minor seminary training, Bro. Augustine was admitted to the Puthenpally Seminary, at Varapuzha in June 1915.

Receives the Cassock

To receive the cassock, the official dress of a priest, was of special importance in the life of a cleric at that time. It was by this dress that a youngman was officially set apart from the other people. On July 16, 1915 Bro. Augustine Kuzhumpil received his cassock.

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