July 16, 2019

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The 90th day of the demise of the first Bishop of the eparchy of Satna, Mar Abraham D. Mattam VC, was solemnly observed on 16th July, 2019 at St Ephrem’s Theological College. The Requiem Holy Qurbana was celebrated by Mar Joseph Kodakallil, Bishop of Satna. Very Rev. Frs John Thoppil, Mathew Vattakuzhy VC, Joseph Ottapurackal and Mathew Parayanickal CMF and several priests from the eprchy of Satna concelebrated. Sisters from various congregations and lay people from the neighbouring parishes also participated in the Requiem Holy Qurbana.

A commemorative meeting was held soon after the Holy Qurbana. The community remained in silence for a while in memory of late Bp Mattam after garlanding his photo and lighting a lamp. Rev. Fr Joseph Ottapurackal welcomed all to the memorial meeting. Mar Joseph Kodakallil delivered the presidential address cherishing his old memories with Bp Mattam. Rev. Fr Mathew Vattakuzhy VC as a pioneer missionary and as the one who served as the Secretary to Bp Mattam in the initial stages of the eparchy recollected his experiences with Bp Mattam and spoke about the hardships faced in the initial stages of the Eparchy and how Bp Mattam could overcome various difficulties and challenges of the time relying fully on the grace and providence of God.

Rev. Sr Rose Therese SABS pooled her experience with Bp Mattam together and thanked Bp Mattam for the support and care given to the SABS congregation especially in establishing the Provincial House at Pateri. Rev. Fr Job Vallianal shared his memory as the Chancellor and General Manager of schools during the period of Bp Mattam and recollected the encouragement, support and motivation extended by Bp Mattam especially during the time of construction of St Ephrem’s Theological College.

Mrs Hanna Khonsla, a member of the Cathedral church, gratefully recollected her childhood memories, the interactions of Bp Mattam with the parishioners, enormous love and affection showed on them. Mr Stephen from Kailaspur spoke of Bp Mattam as a zealous missionary who worked very hard in the formation of the Christian village of Kailaspur. Rev. Sr Vijaya DST shared her memories with the audience especially the incidents related to the starting of the DST houses in the Eparchy under the paternal guidance of Bp Mattam.

Mr Joy, an ecumenical representative, threw light on the interest, love and care with which Bp Mattam engaged himself in the Ecumenical activities in the eparchy of Satna. Memorial meeting came to an end with the words of gratitude expressed by Rev. Fr John Thoppil, Protosyncellus of the Eparchy. In this way we could accord a befitting tribute to late Bp Mar Abraham Mattam VC, the architect of the eparchy as well as the founder of St Ephrem’s Theological College. Thereafter all the participants took part in the lunch prepared in honour of Bp Mattam.

Fr Joseph Ottapurackal