SERVANT OF GOD FR.ANTONY THACHUPARAMBIL
|Antony Thachuparambil (8 December 1894 – 9 June 1963), popularly known as the Missionary of Chelakkara was an Indian Syro-Malabar priest and social reformer who worked in the backward area of Chelakkara, Thrissur District, Kerala, India.He was declared Servant of God by the Holy See for his Heroic Virtues in 2009.Antony Thachuparambil was born on 8 December 1894 in Kottat, a suburban village of Chalakudy in Kerala to Poulose and Rosa. He continued his pastoral education at Carmelite seminary, Puthepally and was ordained on 22 Dec 1924.
Thachuparambil started his career in 1928 as the first Chaplain of Chelakkara, a backward forest area in Thrissur. There, he worked among the poor and he built St. Mary’s Forane Church a school for girls a destitute home for children, a convent for nuns, and a health clinic.Thachuparambil's contributions for the overall development of Chelakkara, reportedly irrespective of the caste, creed or colour, were considered by the Roman Catholic Church when deciding upon initiation of his canonization process. Antony Thachuparambil was declared Servant of God by the Roman Catholic Church on 9 December 2009. Thachuparambil is said to be credited with several miracles which are being considered and verified by Roman Catholic Church.