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Death of Fr. Thomas Pandippally. Lets Pray

Name Fr. Thomas Pandippally
AddressPandippally House, Monippally P.O, Kottayam - 686 636 Ph: 0482-292433 Province Chanda, Mar ThomaMonastery Bellampalli Provincial .House, Bellampalli, APDiocese PalaiParish Cheenkallel Status PriestFirst Vow date 3/19/1992Feast Date 3/7Date of Birth 7/12/1971Ordination Date 1/3/2002Born in Kerala - IndiaResidence IndiaDeath Date 16-08-2008Burial Place CMI Ashram, Bellampalli Education Degree B.Sc. - Christ College - Bangalore - 1994-97HistoryFather - Mathew – died. Mother - Saramma – Alive. George (Brother) - Married - Ex-serviceman - Alive Kusumam (Sister) - Married - Alive Abraham (Brother) - Married - Employee (Patna) - Alive Celine (Sister) - Married - Alive Mary (Sister) - Married - Nurse (USA) - Alive Jomon (Brother) - Student (USA) - Alive School - Holy Cross H.S. Monippally Aspirancy - St.Thoma More Vidya Niketan, Tukum (MS)Novitiate - Anudhawana, Mancherial Philosophy - Darsana Institute, Wardha Theology - Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune

Rev. Fr. Thomas Pandipally CMI (37) was gruesomely murdered on 16th of August,2008. He must have died around 10.00 pm after the severe stabbing from the handsof the 'unknown murders.' He was on the way to Jeevadan Centre atYellareddy. The tragedy occurred just two kms away from the FCC Convent. He came to offer Holy Mass in the FCC Convent at Lingampet. After the supper heleft (9.40pm) the convent and was traveling in a motorbike. The FCC Sisters nextday (Sunday morning) were going to attend the Sunday Mass in his place atYellareddy, Nizamabad Dt. of Andhra Pradesh. [This is located almost 140kms away
from Hyderabad. This comes under the Archdiocese of Hyderabad.] To their great shock, on the way they found his body lying near the road side.Mobile is found missing (the bike is found lying almost 7 kms away from thespot. There are visible signs of pulling and dragging Fr Thomas). There are 18wounds (stabbing) on his body. All these clearly indicate that he was brutallymurdered by some miscreants or dacoits. There is a heavy thrash behind thehead, it is said, he must have died due to this heavy injury. Police could foundthe knife, which was used to stab him. The hooligans took (may be ridden) themotorbike almost 7 kms and abandoned there, a place called Muslikonda. The Postmortem report reveals that he had faced a lot of struggle from theattackers. Due to the continuous blows and heavy beatings, his entire body israther bruised. Left Leg was broken, and one hand was almost cut and broken. Fr. Thomas must have been attacked when he was just one km away from FCCConvent at Lingampet, where he offered Mass for them. It seems to be a plundering incident or a planned murder. Reasons are not yetknown. (It is never an accident by the external evidences.). After all an innocent and beloved person was killed for no reason. Kindly prayfor him. We greatly miss a very dynamic and very able person. His dealing withpeople was very appealing and he was a friend of everyone. Village people hadvery high opinion about him. He was like a lute player among the people. Heattracts everyone with his personality. He was a person who always smiles inspite of his sadness. He, definitely created a niche for himself, at all places,among everyone and at all times. The day of funeral most likely on the 20th of August as of now. Lets pray for his departed soul.

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