Venerable Augustine John Ukken

Venerable Augustine John UkkenProfile

The second son of Punnaparambil Ukken Anthappan and Chalakal Annamma. Augustine was orphaned by the age of six; the local parish priest took him in and saw to his education, including getting him enrolled in the Minor Seminary in Trichur, India around 1895. Augustine began serious studies for the priesthood in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 1898, and was ordained on 21 December 1907 as a Syro-Malabar Catholic priest of the archeparchy of Trichur. In 1908 and 1909, Father Augustine taught French and Latin, and served as assistant manager of the Saint Thomas College in Thrissur, India. Rector of the minor seminary in Thrissur from 1910 to 1917. Secretary to bishop John Menacherry from 1913 to 1917. Manager of Saint Thomas College from 1921 to 1925.

Along with his other duties, over the years Father Augustine served as priest of parishes in Kottapady, Lourdes Cathedral, Kandassankadavu, Mattom, Chowannur, Chiralayam, Palayur, Arthat, Anjoor, Cheroor, Eyyal, Orumanayoor, Guruvayoor, Parempadam, Vadanappilly, and Vellarakad. In each of these locations he developed a ministry to the poor, abandoned children, and people who were literally starving. Inspired by Saint Vincent de Paul, Augustine prayed for guidance on how to help them; as a result, on 21 November 1944 he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Trichur, an order dedicated to “caring of the sick, tending those who are in deathbed, uplifting the poor and giving catechetical formation”.




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