Fr Joseph, belonging to the Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle (MST) has been serving in Australia since 2009 in various parishes under the Diocese of Sandhurst up until his move to the Diocese of Wollongong in 2019.
Fr Joseph was born on 8 May 1963 in Kerala, India to a traditional, agricultural family of Catholic faith. He is the youngest of three children. His siblings and Mother live in India. Mum is in her 80s and visited Australia in 2017.
After his Priestly Ordination on 30 April 1992, Fr Joseph served mainly in the suburbs of one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. He was instrumental in acquiring lands and constructing five churches by organising various communities while there. His last project was building and developing Santhome School at Mira Road together with MST house for his missionary society (MST) where he served as the project manager and administrator before his move to Australia.
During his 11 years of service in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Fr Joseph was parish priest at St Mary’s, Mooroopna, St Michael’s and Sacred Heart parishes of Tallangatta and Corryong respectively. He was also the Canonical Administrator of St Michael’s School, Tallangatta and Sacred Heart School, Corryong.
Fr Joseph longed for the hustle and bustle of an urban parish after working in regional/rural Victoria for a long time and hence decided to move to the Wollongong diocese where he was appointed to Camden before his present appointment at Nowra.
The busy lifestyle and various congregations at different church communities, brings back nostalgic memories of his busy Mumbai life in India. Also the experience of being the parish priest of many church communities under one parish in Mumbai and Victoria is always helpful.