Fr. Joseph Vellayil of the Infant Jesus
Rev. Fr. Joseph Vellayil of the Infant Jesus was born on 07_01-1940 at Muppathadam, Kerala. He belongs to the parish of St. Muppathadom, in the Archdiocese of Verapoly. John the Apostle, Joining the Order in 1958 he made his first profession on 23-12-1960 at Mount Carmel Monastery, Podanur in Tamil Nadu. His Solemn Profession was on 23-12-1964 at Manjummel. After serving our province at different houses as a non-clerical brother for 46 years, following a strong desire to serve the Lord in the Alter, he was Ordained to Priesthood on 29th December 2006 at our Immaculate Conception Church, Manjummel. Following his profession, he was appointed in our monastery at Podannur, where he fulfilled different duties like that of a store keeper, sacristan, parlour assistant etc. After almost 8 years at Podanur he was sent to our Manjummel Monastery. During this time, he helped in the working and distribution of the Cherupushpam Magazine. From the year 1972 he was a member in our St. Cornelius Mission, Kolayad as the procurator of the community. Then for almost 7 years he served the people of Pius Nagar and was engaged in the evangelization work there. During this time he was also teaching in the nursery and primary schools at Pius Nagar. As a missionary of the Province he also served in our Andhra Mission for some time. His presence and service was rendered also in our different monasteries at Aluva, Varapuzha, Karaparambu, Kottayam, New Delhi and Kollam. He was admitted in our St. Joseph’s hospital on 30th Dec 2021 and was in the ICU due to pressure and Cardiac Problems. On 3rd January /2022 about 6:25 am he passed away following a Cardiac arrest.