Everyone in Ramapuram village in Kerala considers Father Augustine Thevarparambil, popularly known as Kunjachan, as a humble pries. He was born in Ramapuram village on April 1, 1891. He was ordained priest in the diocese of Pala, in 1921. Interestingly, during most of his priestly career, Kunjachan stayed in his own parish, the St. Augustine’s church at Ramapuram, as one among the three assistant parish priests for more than 40 years. Kunjachan died on 16th October 1973.
Soon after his death, his tomb at the St. Augustine Church became a center of pilgrimage for people from far and wide. According to parish priest Father Mathew Narivelil, the biography and the prayer for intercession Kunjachan have been published in many Indian and European languages. After Kunjachan was declared a Servant of God, an elaborate enquiry about his life and virtues was followed by a diocesan tribunal. Father Mathoth prepared the ‘positio’ on the virtues and submitted it to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome on 12 Feb. 1997.
The Vice Postulator,
Cause of the Servant of God Kunjachan,
St. Augustine’s Forane Church
Ramapuram Bazar P.O, Kerala, India – 686 576
Ph: 0482 – 2260323
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