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Nonagenarian Fr Kuttiyani Passes Away

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altJUNE 07, 2015 (Sagaya): Zealous and dedicated missionary of Bellary diocese, Fr. Antony   Kuttiyani, aged 92, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital, Bellary, at 5.30 am local time on Sunday, 07 June 2015.

He was one of the pioneer priests ordained for Bellary diocese in 1952 by Bishop John Forest Hogan, the first Bishop of Bellary.

The diocese of Bellary places on record the commendable service of Fr. Kuttiyani who served as Vicar General for 16 years under two Bishops and Administrator of the diocese for two years.

He was the parish priest of  Fort parish, correspondent and manager of St. John’s  educational  institutions for 17 years. During his time St. John’s High School was raised to Junior College.

His total commitment to the pastoral work was exemplary and his life borne much spiritual fruit in the parishes and institutions he served.

Fr. Anthony kuttiyani was born in Perumkavu, Kudiyathur Parish, Kottayam District, Kerala, to late Mathew kuttianikal and Anna. He was the   eldest of the two brothers .

He is survived  by his only younger brother Mr. Joseph Kuttianikal.

He was the first priest from his parish.

After his primary & secondary school at Bharaninganam (St. Alphonsa’s native place). At the age of 18 he joined the Alwaye St Joseph Pontifical Seminary in Kerala for his ecclesiastical studies .

In 1945 when Bishop Hogan, the first Bishop of Bellary approached him, stating the need of  priests in Bellary mission, he readily accepted to be a priest in the then Bellary  Mission.

He was one of first priest ordained for the diocese of Bellary in 1952. His other companions were Frs. Augustine  Kandathil, Anthony Puthenkalam and Sebastian Kulathinal .

He was ordained at Alweye in St. Joseph’s Papal Seminary on 17th March 1952. Right after he served in  Adoni, Ramadrug and Yemmiganur of the then Andhra Pradesh, then part of Bellary Diocese, and Kavithal, Jawelegera, Manvi, Cathedral, Fort, Cantonment and Lakshminagar parishes.  

Fr. Kuttiyani took suddenly ill on 6th June. He was immediately administered the Sacrament of Anointing. Thereafter, he was rushed to the neibouring St. Mary’s Hospital.

He breathed his last peacefully at about 5.30a.m on 7th June, on the feast day of Corpus Christi.

His mortal remains are kept at Bethany, the Senior priest’s house for people to pay their last respects.

The funeral rites would be held at 4.00 pm. on Monday, June 8th at St.Anthony’s Cathedral and mortal remains would be interred thereafter at Cowl Bazaar Cemetery.

“Fr. Kuttiyani was a simple and unassuming priest with minimum needs. He lived an exemplary life and endeared himself to all sections of people”, stated Bishop Henry D’Souza.

“Fr. Anthony Kuttiyani was a simple deeply spiritual and zealous priest. He lived totally for the poor,” affirmed one of his colleagues in the senior priest’s house. 

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