Monday, March 17, 2014
Fr V. Suasimanickam 02.1.1968 - 16.3.2014
Fr. V. Susaimanikam
(02.01.1968 - 16.3.2014)
Rev. Fr. Susaimanikam was born on 02.01.1968 to Mr. Vedhamuttu and Mrs. Mariammal at Thinaikulam of Ramnadu District in Tamilnadu. He was the fourth child of his parents. He completed his schooling at Thiruvarangam and joined St. Joseph’s seminary at Khanpur, Ahmedabad in June 1986 to be a missionary priest in the Diocese of Ahmedabad.
After one year, that is in 1987, he was sent to Karumatur to study Philosophy. Then he did his Regency in Nadiad, Khempur and Koth. In June 1994 he went to study Theology; and after the successful completion of the studies he was ordained priest on 05. 05. 1998.
Then he served as Assistant Parish priest in Bochasan, Nanakantharia, Deesa and Mirzapur; while he was an Assistant Parish Priest he also served in the Primary section of St. Xavier’s School at Mirzapur. Then he efficiently served as parish priest of Bochasan. Then looking at his missionary zeal and hard working nature, the bishop appointed him the 1st parish priest of Borsad, where he worked in commendable manner. From there he went for studies to Philipines and Pune; from Pune he has obtained a Masters Degree in Missiology.
On his return from Pune in June 2012 he was assigned to Tarapur Parish as the first parish priest. As there was no proper accommodation in the first few months he resided in the Rectory of Amod Parish and did up-down to perform his responsibilities. Within a short period he not only won the heart of his parishioners and his neighbours but also built up the mission in an exemplary way.
On 16.03.2014, on the day of Holi, he was playing in a Volley Ball Tournament along with the youth of Tarapur in a village called Nar at 7.30 pm; and at 9.30 pm he had a massive heart attack and fell on the ground and went to his heavenly home to receive his eternal reward from God.
The diocese of Ahmedabad has lost a simple, down to earth, committed and hardworking missionary priest. He lived an austere life. He proved to be a good shephered to his flock. The diocese is deeply shocked at the loss of Rev. Fr. V. Susaimanikam. We express our sincere condolences to his grieved parents and family members.
May his soul Rest in Peace.
Yours devotedly in Christ
+ Thomas Macwan
Bishop of Ahmedabad
-The funeral service will be held at Tarapur on Tuesday, 18th March, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Priests are requested to come with alb and stole.