I was born in Kerala, India, into a Roman Catholic Family. I went to a Capuchin Seminary/Monastery at the age of 15 and was ordained a priest at 30. I served in many congregations in Kerala and northern India before serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, AR, in 1997. I served at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith until 2001.
While I was at All Saints, I founded the House Of Blessings Foundation, a retreat, and renewal center in Eureka Springs, AR. I also founded the Clergy Vacation or Sabbatical Home, for pastors in active ministry so that they can take a few days of rest and renew themselves and get away to renew their relationships with God and others. It is provided at 80% discounted fee to pastors and their families.
I relax through art, music, and design. I have developed several educational programs, retreats, composed music, and designed websites. My 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. I also presented this innovative program at the National Conference of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in Kansas City, Kansas.
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I believe ‘God in all things, and people of all kinds,’ a Thomistic Theological conviction that I 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 to tagline their websites and publications.
I am married to Kimby, and we have four children. Gabriel, Asha, Owen, and Amrit. We live in Springfield and are involved in youth programs in Southern Deanery and children’s ministries at St. James.
My motto in ministry is “Passionate personal Love for Jesus and His people.”