Blessed Kunjachan

Feast Oct 16

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Blessed Kunjachan Birth and Family of Kunjachan Thevarparampil

The unregistered will

The servent of God understood that he was approaching the end of his life. On a sheet of paper he wrote his last wishes. As he had nothing in his possession, there was no need of registering any Ďwillí. In that document we read; "I do not possess anything either as land property or as cash account. Neither do I owe to anybody anything. The pieces of furniture in the room, belong to the senior priests of the Kolath family.

"After my death, the funeral must be conducted in the most simple way. Ever since 1926, I had been staying with the Harijan Christians. Even after death, I would like to be with them. Therefore my dead body should be buried, where the Harijan Christian are buried. The news of my death should not be published in newspapers. You need inform only the fellow priests of this parish, and the priests of the neighbouring parishes. The coffin should not cost more than twenty five rupees.

"I have to get Rs.464. Annas 6 and paise 3 from the Church, which amount I had spent as salary to the Catechist. To that amount, should be added Rs.35, Annas 9 and paise 9, which if I find difficult to realise, Ouseph Mathai, my eldest brotherís son, should entrust to the Church, thus making the amount to be Rs.500/-. The interest of this amount should be spent to celebrate a Holy Mass and an office for the dead, on the day of my death anniversary.

"Donít celebrate the Sradham* with a ceremonial meal. Instead, it is enough that the prayers for the dead be done at the sepulchre. It is requested that on that occasion, the members of the family and the Harijan Christians make their confession, receive Holy communion and pray for the souls in Purgatory".

Blessed Kunjachan