BENGALURU: Fr. MM, Abraham (80) a senior priest of Malankara Orthodox Church and Chaplain of NAMS Snehasadan, Bangalore had passed away on 4th November 2015.
Funeral service will begin on Friday 6 November at 10 am at NAMS Snehasadan and the burial service at 1 PM at St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiapally, Jalahalli, and Bangalore.
Fr. Abraham was born on 11th March 1935 at Mallapally, Kerala into the Vattaserril family and was ordained as priest on 15th August 1960.His first assignment was at Trichy for the people who came from Latin Catholic sect to the Orthodox fold. (1961-62)
Fr. M.M Abraham had served in the Diocese of Malabar from 1962 to 1992, where he established more than 16 churches and was the Vicar of, 20 parishes. He is an acclaimed priest whose contribution is considered to be very vital in laying a strong foundation to the Diocese. He was instrumental in organizing the migrant population in the difficult terrains of the Malabar region. He took the initiative and constructed parishes in the districts of Malappuram, Palghat and Kozhikkode. He is known as the ‘Apostle of Malabar’. A selfless priest devoted and totally dedicated to his call, he traveled bare foot through the length and breadth of the region without proper food and even reached out to the migrant population, taking care of their social, economic and religious needs and “kept the sheep under the fold” who would have been otherwise lost.
After his retirement in 1992 he has served Christu Shishya Asharam, Tadagam near Coimbatore and St Gregorios Balagram, Yacharam before settling down at NAMS Snehasadan, Bangalore. Achen was the MGOCSM Chaplain for Karnataka between 2002 and 2005.
Fr. M .M Abraham did his BSc Mathematics Degree from St Joseph’s Devagiri, Kozhikode.He was awarded merit scholarship for his excellence in studies, the same was used to construct parishes for small congregations. Achen has three post graduate degrees to his credit in History, Political Science and Sociology. A vivid reader, a scholar of par excellence. He was an authority on Church History. His capsule sermons during the Holy Qurbana were very popular. He was always very popular among children and youngsters. He was a role model for the children and youth of Malabar during his tenure there and later on for the Pravasi students as the Chaplain of MGOCSM, Karnataka Region. He managed to guide many people to priesthood and inspired a generation towards a spiritual path.