Fr. James Narithookil, CMI, PhD (Pastor)
I was born in Kerala State, India on August 18, 1942 as the third son of the 11 children of Mathew and Annamma. My family traces its origin to an ancient family of St. Thomas Christians of Syro-Malabar Catholic Rite. St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, went to Kerala, India in 52 AD and suffered martyrdom in 72 AD at Mylapore, India. Before his martyrdom, he established an apostolic church (St. Thomas Christians) in south India.
In 1961, I joined the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), an indigenous religious congregation of India, founded by Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara and was ordained a priest in 1972. I specialized in Islamic studies and taught in several seminaries in India where I was engaged in giving formation to the students studying for priesthood. Later, I served as the Major Superior of one of the provinces of the CMI congregation in India for 6 years.
From 2002 to 2008, I was the Rector of Dharmaram College, the major seminary of the CMI Congregation in Bangalore, India.
In 2008, I was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s Parish.