The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets ….to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…. to the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God…’ (Ephesians 4:11-12)

St. Mary’s church Kothanur, etched its imprint on the sands of time as early as 1998 and has since its commencement been playing a pioneering role in gathering the faithful. Holding true to this mission, the CMI Fathers following the principles of Saint Chavara’s spirituality initiated efforts to bring people closer to our Lord.

Fr. Jose Valiyamattam CMI (1999 -2000)

February 12, 2021

Fr. Jose Valiyamattam CMI (1999 -2000)

The genesis of St. Mary’s church Kothanur began with the leadership of Fr. Jose Valiyamattam CMI (1999 -2000) who initiated the gathering of the faithful into a Eucharistic community ably reinforced and steered by Fr.Josekutty PD CMI and Fr. Isaac Poochakulam CMI.  

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Fr. Isaac Poochakulam (2000 – 2010)

February 12, 2021

Fr. Isaac Poochakulam (2000 – 2010)

Fr. Isaac Poochakulam (2000 – 2010) – an embodiment of humility, provided a fresh flow of inspiration and motivation and ensured the blossoming of the community during this time. The laity, started attending Holy mass. Fathers at ashram were kind enough to provide facilities for mass. On July 3 rd 2005 Catechism classes resumed in an organised manner under the guidance of Fr. Isaac and the encouragement of Fr. Josekutty P.D., Fr.Jose Parakatt, brothers of CMI ashram, sisters of Sacred Heart Convent and Prajyothi Convent. Carol singing, introduced in 2006 was led by the 19 Catechism students and their family members. The First Holy Communion which marks a child or adult’s first reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and Confirmation were initiated to help Catechism students to move closer to Christ ,help them understand the responsibility of being a Christian, and lead a life of faith.

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Rev. Dr. Augustine George CMI (2010-2013)

February 12, 2021

Rev. Dr. Augustine George CMI (2010-2013)

Rev. Dr. Augustine George CMI (2010-2013)-It was father’s innovative ideas that helped to streamline various clusters under an umbrella of faith. There was a colossal effort to document demographic details of the community into a centralized register-a family book and along with family directory. Community prayer meetings were introduced from 2012. It was organised…

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Fr. Lijo Thomas CMI (2013-2016)

February 12, 2021

Fr. Lijo Thomas CMI (2013-2016)

Fr. Lijo Thomas CMI (2013-2016) – Father provided the critical wisdom and discernment required for the Eucharistic community to grow and flourish.The idea of an own church was visualized under the apt guidance of Fr. Lijo. From the latter half of 2015, it was decided to organize a prayer meeting every second Sunday of the month. Accordingly a committee…

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Fr. Emmanuel Poovathinal CMI – (2016-2023)

February 12, 2021

Fr. Emmanuel Poovathinal CMI – (2016-2023)

“I purpose to build a house for the name of the Lord my God (1 Kings 5: 5),” was the clarion call of Fr. Emmanuel, which girded the parishioners to move a vision into a reality. With strong faith in the words of St. Chavara that ‘God’s Will,’ will be accomplished and under Fr. Emmanuel’s tutelage, the various committees worked together for completing the dream envisioned. By the grace of God and the prayers of the parishioners, land was identified, procured, funds were arranged and the plan for the church building evolved. Father was instrumental in introducing many pioneering ideas that finally propelled into fruition. Under his guidance the Eucharistic…

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