13 OBITUARY - Rev Dr Augustine Kanjamala SVD (1939-2017)

posted Jul 14, 2017, 12:09 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 12:09 AM ]
Rev Dr Augustine Kanjamala SVD, a renowned theologian and missiologist, passed away on July 4, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Mumbai. He was 78.

Bishop Chacko Thottumarikal of Indore, who led the Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Andheri (E) on July 6, noted that the Divine Word priest served the Church intensely with his visionary leadership in evangelisation.

"He inspired everyone. He was encouraging and motivating. He promoted team spirit and harmony and dialogue in community life." He provided "innovative guidance" to the Society of Divine Word as its Mumbai provincial.

In his condolence message which was read at the Mass, Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Church, described Fr Kanjamala "as a zealous missionary," who worked hard to spread the Gospel.

Fr Kanjamala also provided "commendable leadership" to his congregation, the Cardinal noted.

He was a visionary and a true missionary to the core. May his leadership and zeal be a source of inspiration to all the missionaries," the Cardinal's message said.

The mourners included priests, nuns and family members of Fr Kanjamala.