Fr. Joseph Vithayathil

 
 
 

Rev. Fr. Joseph Vithayathil was the patriarch, whose invaluable wisdom guided the destiny of the congregation of  the holy family, and whose spiritual foresight and cautious courage directed the blessed mother  Mariam Thresia  in the struggles of her soul.

He was born on 23 July 1865 as the son of Joseph and Anna Vithayathil. In the parish of Manambady, Puthenpally. Having shown an ardent desire to be in the service of God quite early in his life, he began his priestly training when only 15 years of age and on 11 march 1894 received the priestly ordination. When the congregation of  the Holy Family was erected on 14 may 1914, father Vithayathil was appointed its chaplain. Even before that he had stood by mother Mariam Thresia in her search for religious commitment and realization of family apostolate. After the  death of blessed Mariam Thresia, he took up the reins of the congregation and guided it to greater heights with his dignified and disciplined governance.

This holy priest of vision and spiritual insight was called to the heavenly abode on 8 June 1964 at the age of 99. He was raised to the honours of the altar in June 2004. we offer our prayerful homage to father vithayathil who paved the way for the mother's fragrance to be lifted beyond the confines of time and space.