The demise of Fr Joseph Abraham is a great lost to the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Thousands of people and hundreds of priests participated in the funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Richmond Town on Tuesday. He was 69- years old and served as a priest for 43 years in Archdiocese of Bangalore. He died on November 2 at St John’s Medical College Hospital. Last year, he was diagnosed with colon cancer and was undergoing treatment.
Fr Joseph Abraham was truly a true follower of Jesus. His life reflected holiness, simplicity and detachment from worldly pursuits. He loved God passionately, loved the scripture and was a persuasive proclaimer of the Word of God. He preached numerous retreats to bishops, priests, seminarians, religious sisters and lay people. He was a guest preacher at many conventions, seminars and animation programmes that were organized by different parishes, institutions, dioceses and various organizations.
Fr Joseph was a staunch devotee of Mother Mary. The intensity and devotion with which Fr Joseph celebrated the Mass made Jesus truly visible to anyone with faith.
He was born on August 5, 1949 in Bengaluru. His parents were late A D Abraham and Irudayamarie. Fr Joseph Abraham was the eldest child. He studied initially at St Louis Boarding and later at Joseph’s Indian High School, Bengaluru. He completed Master Of Arts (MA) from Dharward University. After his high school studies, he decided to become a priest. He did his Minor and Major Seminary Studies at St Mary’s Seminary, Bengaluru, and Papal Seminary, Poona, respectively. He was ordained a Priest on Dec 12, 1975 at Sacred Heart Church, Bengaluru.
He served as a parish priest in several parishes of Bangalore. Director of St Mary’s Orphanage, Prefect in St. Mary’s Seminary. Manager and correspondent in St Mary’s School. Director, Divine Mercy Retreat Centre and Paalanaa Bhavan.
He had a great love for the needy and the poor, and those who were in distress. When people approached him for help, he never sent them away empty-handed.
At his death, Fr. Abraham has repeated the words of St. Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
Rev. Peter Machado, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Bangaalore on behalf of all the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese, expressed his heartfelt sympathies to his relatives and friends, especially to his other priest-brothers. “May the Lord grant all of them the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss with unshakable Christian faith,” Rev Peter Machado said.