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THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS FOR THE DECLARATION OF FR. ZHACHARIAS OCD AS “VENERABLE”

THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS  FOR THE DECLARATION OF FR. ZHACHARIAS OCD AS “VENERABLE”

30-31 July 2014

Servant of God Fr. Zacharias OCD, a former resident teacher of philosophy at St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary Alwaye, has been recently declared “Venerable.” The declaration as venerable is a very significant step on the way to Fr. Zacharias’ beatification and eventual canonization. This step in the process of canonization acknowledges that Fr. Zacharias practiced heroic virtues which others can imitate.

On the occasion, the two Pontifical seminaries at Alwaye and the Pontifical Institute which functions in these seminaries organized a two-day celebration to thank God in a solemn manner and to make Fr. Zacharias’ life and the gospel-values he lived for adequately known to the present day Church and society. On 30th July, 2014, there was a conference on the contributions of Fr. Zacharias and other similarly oriented Catholic thinkers to interreligious engagement in the Indian context.  The inaugural address was delivered by Mar George Cardinal Alenchery, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, who graced the occasion with his presence throughout the day.  

On 31st July , there was Holy Mass of Thanksgiving concelebrated by Archbishops Francis Kallarackal and Archbishop SusaiPackiam of the Latin Archdioceses of Verapoly and Trivandrum respectively. Following the Mass was a public meeting, presided over by Moron Mor Cleemis Cardinal Baselios, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara rite.