Fr. Jos Tharakan was born in Kerala, India into a Roman Catholic Family. He went to a Capuchin Seminary at the age of 15 and was ordained a priest at 30. He served in many congregations in Kerala and northern India before he was called to serve in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, AR in 1997. He served in Fort Smith until 2001.
Jos came into the Episcopal Church in 2004 after he completed two years of Clinical Pastoral Education in San Antonio, TX and Pine Bluff, AR. After he was received into the Episcopal Church, Bishop Larry Maze appointed him as Missionary Chaplain to Christ Church, Mena. Later on, he was called as the Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Russellville, AR. He served All Saints’ for ten years.
While he was at All Saints’, he founded the House Of Blessings Foundation, a retreat, and renewal center in Eureka Springs, AR. He also founded the Clergy Vacation Home, for pastors in active ministry so that they can take a few days of rest and renew themselves and their families. It is free of charge for any priest/pastor in active ministry.
He loves art, music, and design. Jos has developed several educational programs, composed music, and designed websites. His educational program called, CAMPaM: A Complimentary Alternative Method for Pastoral Ministry is approved for continuing education for chaplains, pastors and other healthcare professionals through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Jos also presented this innovative program to the National Conference of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in Kansas City, Kansas.
Episcopal Daily, is an aggregate of news and articles, stories and videos suggested by Episcopal bishops, clergy, and laity from across the world. Jos publishes this newspaper every morning and is available by email for free to anyone with interest in knowing what Episcopalians are doing around the world or read it online by going to www.episcopaldaily.net. You can contribute to this newspaper by following Jos on Twitter handler: episcopalians.
Jos believes ‘God in all things, and people of all kinds,’ a Thomistic Theological conviction he coined as a slogan for the Episcopal Church attitude towards the world when Rt. Rev. Katherine Schori visited Little Rock after she was elected the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Several Episcopal Churches use this slogan as their tagline on their websites and publications. He has granted permission to use this if it is meaningful to churches.
Jos has two children. Asha and Amrit. They attend school in Springfield and are involved in youth programs in Southern Deanery and children’s ministries at St. James.
His motto in ministry is “Passionate personal Love for Jesus and His people.”