Rev. Fr. Canisius Thekkekara CMI

Fr. Canisius was a saintly man, committed religious, learned biblical scholar and an effective spiritual mentor for many religious, priests and religious congregations. Fr Canisius was convinced that his vocation was to be a saint and his only desire was to fulfill “God’s will… that alone … that in full”. Religious life was his chosen path for the realization of this vocation. He is the first Indian to have the degree of Doctor in Sacred Scripture (DSS) from the prestigious Biblical Institute, Rome in 1952. Fr. Canisius, a man of prayer, did everything guided by and in conformity and compliance with God’s will. He always suggested to people, especially to the priests and religious who sought his advice, to discern the Will of God through Prayer, Meditation on the Word of God found in the Bible. On January 29, 1998 he set out his journey to the heavenly mansion prepared for him by his Master, Jesus the Lord. He was declared ‘the Servant of God’ on 29th March, 2014.

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