Feast of Blessed Augustine Thevarparampil (October 16)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Augustine Thevarparampil

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BLESSED AUGUSTINE THEVARPARAMPIL (APRIL 1, 1891-OCTOBER 16, 1973)

Indian Roman Catholic Priest and “Good Shepherd of the Dalits”

Blessed Augustine Thevarparampil, born in Ramapuram, Kerala, India, on April 1, 1891, ministered to “Untouchables” in India.  He came from a Roman Catholic family.  Our saint, the youngest of five children of Itty Iype and Eliswa, and baptized as an infant, was a nephew of two priests, Joseph and Thomas.  Blessed Augustine was short, hence his nickname, “Kurjachan,” or “little priest.”  Our saint, ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1921, was initially an assistant parish priest at Ramapuram (1921-1923) then at Kanadad (1923-1926).  He began to minister to Dalits at Ramapuram when he returned there to recuperate from an illness, in 1926.  He also opened schools for them because public schools did not admit Dalits.  Blessed Augustine was a priest to this population until he died at Ramapuram on October 16, 1973.  He was 82 years old.

Blessed Augustine, who followed God’s call to care for the least of marginalized in society, became a Servant of God (1987), a Venerable (2004), and a Blessed (2006).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 3, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Almighty God, whose prophets taught us righteousness in the care of your poor:

By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, grant that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in your sight;

through Jesus Christ, our Judge and Redeemer, who lives and reigns

with you and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 55:11-56:1

Psalm 2:1-2, 10-12

Acts 14:14-17, 21-23

Mark 4:21-29

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 736

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