I was born in Kerala, India and am the fifth child of my parents' ten children. I have five brothers and four sisters. One of my elder brothers is a religious brother and he belongs to the Society of St. Paul Order. All of my other siblings got married and are leading an active Catholic family life. My parents and oldest brother passed away several years ago.
After my High School studies, I joined the seminary in the order of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) when I was 16. During my 13 years of formation, I earned bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Theology. My Priestly Ordination was on May 6, 1988. After my ordination I also earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Sociology. I was a teacher from 1991 to 2013. In between, I worked for two years as a High School principal and four years as an elementary school principal.
I also served my CMI congregation during these years in different capacities: two years as vocation promoter and school hostel warden, five years as a parish priest and superior of a monastery, six years as Secretary for Education and Mass Media of Carmel Province, three years as the Vicar Provincial and for the last six years as the prior of a monastery. From 2003 to 2009 I did pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee.
I am very happy to be here at St. Mary’s and I look forward to serving you, with your encouragement and support.