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Monday, April 01, 2013 9:48:04 AM (IST)  

Bangalore: Priest found murdered in seminary premises

Bangalore: Fr K J Thomas of St Peter's Seminary murdered, archbishop condemns act

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Updated

Bangalore, Apr 1: Archbishop of Bangalore Dr Bernard Moras has condoled the shocking demise of Fr K J Thomas, rector of St Peter's Pontifical Seminary, who was found murdered at the Seminary here on Monday April 1.

A media release signed by the archbishop stated:

"Today early morning I received the shocking and the sad news of the most brutal murder of Fr K J Thomas, Rector of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore in the early hours of 1st April. I immediately rushed to the Seminary to initiate the Investigation. The top police officials came to the spot and are investigating this murder case and, meanwhile, his body was taken to M S Ramaiah Hospital for post mortem.

This is the most heinous crime and I strongly condemn the murder of Fr K J Thomas who was a very pious, soft spoken and harmless priest. He was serving St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore as its Rector for the second term. His death is a great loss to all of us, especially to the seminary.

A Requiem Mass will be offered for the late Fr Thomas at St Peter’s Seminary Chapel, Bangalore on Tuesday, April 2 at 7.30 am before his mortal remains are moved to his diocese of Ootacamund. The funeral date, place and time will be decided by the Bishop of Ootacamund, in consultation with the family members of the deceased.

On behalf of the Board of Bishops, the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Bangalore and the other Catholic dioceses of Karnataka, I express my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and friends of the late Fr K J Thomas; to the Bishop, priests, religious and the faithful of the Diocese of Ootacamund; and to the staff and students of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary. Please pray for the repose of his soul, and consolation and strength to the bereaved family members to accept this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.

With God’s blessings,

Bernard Moras
Archbishop of Bangalore"


 

Earlier Report

Bangalore: Priest found murdered in seminary premises

Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (SP)

Bangalore, Apr 1: In a mysterious incident, the priest of a seminary in the city was found murdered in the premises of the seminary on Monday April 1 morning.

The body of Fr K J Thomas (65) was found lying in the St Peter's Pontifical Seminary premises in the morning.

It is suspected that he was killed at night and his body was shifted to a room by the culprits. Sources said that the murderers took advantage of the heavy rains that lashed Bangalore at night. Due to the rains, the security men were inside their quarters, which made it easier for the culprits.

The motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained.

There is information that the procurator of the seminary had heard some sounds and possible screaming at around 2.30 or 3 am. But it is said he did not venture out of his room. This fact gives rise to questions and speculations.

The attackers apparently hit the face of Fr Thomas with a brick to prevent him from raising an alarm. His body was forcibly dragged inside the dining room of the seminary. The circumstances suggest that the priest's end came there.

The seminary is located in Yeshwantpur in the city, near Yeshwantpur police station. It is said that Fr Thomas was on his second posting in the Seminary's training centre.

Local policemen, additional police commissioner Alok Kumar, and various leaders visited the church. Investigations are on.

Archbishop Bernard Moras, vicar general Fr Antonyswamy and other priests have been camping in seminary since morning.

Mild mannered, soft spoken Fr K J Thomas, hails from Ettumanoor in Kottayam diocese. He however opted the Ooty diocese. Fr K J has been serving as rector for a long time. With the language issue rocking archidiocese since last several years, Fr K J though a Malayalee, has been deftly and tactfully managing the seminary. Fr K J's popularity can be gauged from the fact that he has been serving as rector for the second term and liked by everybody for his affable and friendly nature. He has been serving seminary for some 30 years in different capacities.

Fr K J Thomas was to go to the airport today morning to receive his sister, who is a nun, coming from Pondicherry. The sister, who was surprised that repeated calls to Fr Thomas went unanswered, came from the airport to the seminary in an auto rickshaw, but she was asked to stay at the nearby convent as the policemen had already arrived and begun investigations.

According to some sources, unidentified assailants chased Fr Thomas, who was running for his life, and hit his face and head with bricks. It is as yet not certain whether he was stabbed or not. The attackers were so brutal that those who saw his body could not identify it initially.

The sources also guessed that the attackers would have come with the intention of committing theft there, as apparently they had ransacked the reception counter for keys and valuables.

It may be recalled that pro-kannada activists of Akhila Karnataka Catholic Chraistara Sangha with the support of some priests have been demanding that St Peter's Seminary should be declared an exclusive Kannada seminary and that its management should be entrusted only Bishops from Karnataka and not Tamilandu as is the present case.

Another version according to informed sources is that the intruders may have been after some valuable documents as Fr K J's room was ransacked. However, his laptop, iPad and other valuable gadgets were left untouched.

Fr K J's brother and nephew are expected to arrive from the US.

The body has been taken to M S Ramaiah Hospital for post-mortem and will be kept in the mortunary afterwards.

Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras has condemned the dastardly and most heinous act of murder of a pious, soft-spoken and mild mannered priest like Fr K J Thomas.

The archbishop said the details of the funeral like date and place will be decided by the bereaved family of Fr K J and the Ooty bishop.


Comments on this article
Xavier, Bangalore
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Now the Criminals are inside the House. Pls Clean it up.

Fr.Oswald Fernando, Tuticorin/mexico
Saturday, March 22, 2014

I am shockingly surprised to read a oír TVE murder of Fr.Rector of my Alma Mater.May God grant him eternal rest! Andes corcove TVE murderers.I Was ordained priest in 1970.now i am a misionare Parish priest inMexic.Requesting your playera.

Jai Sachith, Thrissur/Bangalore
Friday, March 21, 2014

itz much more shocking that 2 priests were accused...

Peter Roberts, Virajpet, Kodagu District, Karnataka
Sunday, October 13, 2013

May Rev.Fr.K.J.Thomas soul rest in peace. Let the persons who are responsible for this murder be published even if they are the catholic priests.

Sr.Philo.Jose MSMI, Sulthan Bathery
Friday, July 05, 2013

It was a shocking news for all and a great loss for the Church. Our Heartfelt condolence to the family members.May HIS soul rest in peace and pray for us.

Fr. Shailesh Kerketta, Simdega Diocese
Saturday, June 01, 2013

Death of Fr. K.J Thomas shokhed me very badly. Lord! why do you call such a living icon of yours in your kingdom.........May his soul rest in peace

Sagaya, Bangalore
Monday, April 15, 2013

John 15 : 18
18 “If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it that is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If people persecuted me, they will persecute you too if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too. 21 But they will do all this to you because you are mine for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not done among them the things that no one else ever did as it is, they have seen what I did, and they hate both me and my Father. 25 This, however, was bound to happen so that what is written in their Law may come true: ‘They hated me for no reason at all.’

Pushpesh Kumar, Bathinda, Punjab
Friday, April 12, 2013

I had called up Father KJ Thomas, some time in 2009, for putting in a word for my son in connection with his admission to a local school. Not only he blessed my son, but also told me that he would be moving to Uttar Pradesh, but assured that I was free to call him.
Shocked to learn about this...
My his soul rest in peace.
Pushpesh Kumar Sharma

Francis.Fernandis, Bangalore
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

May his soul.rest in peace.I can not bear this news.I was not heard about him.Read the news next day.I read the comments of the people who knows him.Really it is very difficult to survive good person like him.He exactly represents our Lord Jesus chtist.He will be always remembered.We can makeout the attitude of the cristians by their comments.Peaceloving people.

Sr. Isabell D'souza, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Yes, Bangalore for a second, forgot to breathe, on hearing the shocking news. I have not met this priest but I gather that he was a great soul! THank God for such a good human! But the act I condemn.. There is jealousy, hatred, fear of being exposed, hunger for power & post, & revenge behind this dirty act of murder. I wish that those who prepared the scketch for his murder be punished... but I doubt would these culprits be ever be nabbed by our weak law bec they have money & influence to escape all such things. Its a pity such things are happening in the church. The laity are losing faith in the consecrated persons, failing to find Christ and values. It is a challenge for rest of the priests & religious to portray Christ in their life & actions. 'The Priest is dead, long live the priest!' may his spirit of riteousness and truth & justice live in the hearts of us. Amen

Rajesh, ooty
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dear Sr.
i agree with your lines but risen christ open ways very soon to find people who behind the power,post & money will end up before Christ who has called him for glory will show things.. surely the people who did this and their generations will not come up in their life.......

Josephite, Trichy
Friday, April 05, 2013

On seeing these words of your loved ones, I wish to be your student especially on your trinity classes Fr.

Gaspar Savarimuthu, La Loche, SK., Canada
Friday, April 05, 2013

Fr. K.J. Thomas, the Rector of St. Peter's Seminary was very friendly with me when I worked as teaching staff in 1993-1995. I was shocked and shaken when I received the news. The Risen Lord will grant him Everlasting Life. May his soul rest in peace. To the murderers let the words of our Lords be repeated "Father forgive them, they know not what they are doing"

cresent, Kerala
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Fr. KJ THOMAS , our beloved Rector was indeed a person filled with love for Christ... and he lived and expressed this love among us his students. Dear Fr. K J YOU really inspire us...

Fr. Cyril Fernandes, Calcutta
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Shocked to hear the heinous murder of Fr. K. J.Thomas,culprits must be brought to the books, thus truth has to be prevailed. satyameva jayathe.

fr. prasanth, diocese of kurnool
Thursday, April 04, 2013

dear father, i heard you were good priest and may the good lord take you into his kingdom as he is well pleased with your life.

sr.peria o. p, Rome
Thursday, April 04, 2013

It is too sad to hear such kind of news happening in our country.now a days people are killing human beings like animals.may God forgive the killers of Fr.Thomas,may his loved ones be stregnthened through his prayers in heaven.Fr.Thomas may your soul rest in the lord forever.

Fr. Alex Carmel, Diocese of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Very hard to believe and hard to accept the brutality done to Fr. K.J. Thomas a man known for his kindness & Simplicity.I was his student and had a great time during his lectures.I miss u dear Father. May your soul rest in peace.

sr. genny, manila/rome
Thursday, April 04, 2013

A peaceful and helpful priest like Fr. Thomas doesnt deserve a brutal death. May the justice of God rest upon him. I have been blessed to have been ministerd by you, thank you! Pls continue to pray for us, and for the conversion of the Church.

Fr. Augustine Mundiath CMF, Wardha, Maharastra
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Shocked to hear the news of my friend! I find no meaning except in the cross of Christ
You are with the Risen Lord!
May your life inspire us!

richard, coimbatore
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

He taught us how to be human in priestly life, but, his death is totally inhuman. Dear Fr. pray for us, as we believe Our Lord will grant Eternal Rest unto you right now.

noelnic, Foxhill, UK
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

RiP Fr.K.J.Thomas. It's really a shocking death. A good man like you even not spared!!!!Atrocious act against a Godly man!!what is wrong with todays generations???? it is the time for us act against such kind of wrongdoings...

Charles Antony, Jayanagar/Banglore
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

May the soul of Fr. Thomas rest in Peace. Fr. Thomas was a wonderful person, a role model for all seminarians and priests as well, a gentleman, deep sense of humor and above all a very humane in nature, the christian community has lost such a wonderful priest.

A.Sagaya selvaraj, Pondicherry
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Lord Jesus, let this father soul rest in peace.Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for thiers is the kingdom of heaven

CECILLIA ANAND, BANGALORE
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

It is shocking news. The Priest is so soft and humble. His soul rest peacefully. The culprits whoever they are should be punished according to law.

vimala DSouza,
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

May his soul rest in peace .Let us all hope and pray that the culprits are identified at the earliest, meanwhile , it is not right to cast aspersions or even express doubts on any person/s/organisation .

Fr. B. Francis Xavier msfs, Kanangadu
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

It was with great shock and tears of pains I learned about one of the most brutal murder of one my favorite professors of theology. Dear Father, you were a person of great ideals and a friend to all. May the Risen Lord give you His glory of everlasting life.

Felix, Pondicherry
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints" Psalm 116:15. Nothing more to say

Gerold Brother, Bangalore- Yashwanthpure
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

It is really shocking and sad news to hear about a murder in the seminary. May His soul rest in peace.
But makes our FAITH more strong to live for JESUS

Fr.Pathros, Kerala,Tampa,USA
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A man with a vision and mission. A priest with humility, commitment,and holiness.A well accepted Rector, able administrator and a scholarly professor for the seminarians. Fr.Thomas, we all loved you so much God loved you much more than us you are with Him. Please intercede for all seminarians and priests.

Bipin Kujur, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I am really shocked by this news and i still cannot believe how this could happen in a papal seminary. It leaves me with a lot of questions....hearty condolence to the family members of Fr. KJ Thomas

sr. Gracy mendonca, Belman/Hyderabad
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Shoking news but makes our FAITH more strong to live for JESUS.

Agata, Poland
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I'm very sorry to hear that next christian was killed in this beautiful country. God forgive the killer

fr sebastian pananchickal, cochin
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

he was dear to us... he lives in our hearts.... you were brave, bold, sincere, beloved to God.......

Fr.P.R. victor, Texas
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dear Fr. KJ I will not forget your last words COME again Victor. Now you are with the HOLY ONE OUR REDEEMER pray for me.

Mercy, Ajmeer
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I am shocked by the brutal murder of Re. Fr. K.J Thomas. I have fond memories of him as my professor at St.Peters. May you Rest In Peace and interceed for us to live a worthy life

Fr. Cantius Ligoury, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Oh God! What a shocking news!!! Though I do not Fr. K.J. Thomas personally, I feel so sad to hear that a holy and pious priest like him has been brutally murdered. Where have we reached? May God forgive the offenders.
Fr. K.J. Thomas, you are a saint you are a martyr for Christ. May your soul rest in peace.
Surely justice will be met at the end. I offer my heartfelt condolences to all the inmates of St. Peter's, the diocese of Bangalore and the diocese of Ooty.

Sr.Marygrace, St. Aloysius convent, Vijayawada.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Dear Father, May your soul rest in peace.

fr. anand raj, bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

this is simply not acceptable. are we becoming more and more animals in nature. he is the holy priest, became powerful witness for the lord. we miss him, we miss good priest.

Sr Sofia Thomas DSP, Mumbai
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A very shocking news........my heart is numbed to hear this most cruel act.........I hope the real culprits will be caught and be punished.... May your soul rest in peace dearest Fr K.J. Thomas

Indians nuns, Sweden
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

It is really shocking news for all the Indian catholics, how can do such a brutal behaviour towards one Holy priest ? Lord forgive them those who done it,condolence to his loving family members.may he rest in peace.

Fr. Noble Mannarath, CMF, Sanyasa, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The brutal, heinous and callous act of the murder of the incredibly simple, exceptionally human and extremely committed, but soft-spoken priest Fr K J Thomas, the beloved Rector of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary Bangalore, is indeed very shocking news. No doubt he was a jewel among the priests and his abrupt demise is an immense loss for the Seminary and for the Church of India.
Sincere condolence from Sanyasa Bangalore, of which he was a very good friend...!
May he intercede for all the priests and Seminarians in heaven...!

Sr.M.Paula B.S., Santacruz Goa
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Killing a holy and soft spoken priest,harming none is to kill in such a brutal way is a hineous work worst than the animals.Let God forgive such hard hearted people.Butjustice should be granted.

JAX Mariadas Silveira, Perth, Australia
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A rude shock to hear.
May your soul rest in peace KJ
With lovely memories in St.Peter's,
Your seminary class mate
JAX Mariadas Silveira

Daisy Maria Pragasam, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

He will be in God's hand by now. My heartfelt condolence to his family. The culprits should be punished as soon as possible.

John, Uppinangady
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

R.I.P Dear fr K.J. The culprits are not very far I can see the person who disagree the most comments for no reason need to find out????

Joseph Rodricksm, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Shocked to hear the death of Fr KJ Thomas,Rector of St Peters. The manner in which he was killed is all the more shocking. How could a Priest of God be subjected to such bruatility? We pray that those responsible for his death would surrender to the authorities and subject themselves to the law of the land. The investigation should cover all possibility of both internal and external personnel committing the crime. May His Soul Rest in Peace. Heartfelt condolence to the bereaved members of his family especially his sister (Nun) who(according to this report)came to visit him.

Sr.Sini SAB, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The brutal murder of Fr. Thomas has numbed my heart. It is such a heinous act. May his soul rest in peace. Let the culprits be found soon by the help of the holy spirit. We have lost a gem from the catholic Church yet we have a martyr now.

Deven, Pune
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

This news is extremely shocking and upsetting to me. Very disgusting to know the lengths to which these inhuman murderers can go to. May his soul rest in peace. Remember God sees the truth, but waits. These killers will be brought to book by God himself in time to come.

Fr. Richard Pais, Chitradurga
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

disheartening news to all those who know Fr. K.j. it looks that crime has taken over the rule of life. hope that the life of innocent will be protected in the future

Fr. Amirtha Raj, OP, Nagpur
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

It is really shocking to find that systematically good persons are targeted and eliminated. May his soul rest in peace. God who has been blessing will continue to ensure that truth and justice will prevail.

annamaryjmj, bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

It was indeed A Heart Breaking News 2 All of Us That We Lost Such A Holy Priest In Our Country and At Large Father May U R Soul REst In Peace May U interced 4 All D PRiest In D world 2 live A Holy Life and its Fullness By U R Example We Miss U Father Somuch I Have not Known U But By Hearing U R Holy Life Iam Inspired Please Pray 4All of us

Sr. Lisette and Sisters of Mary Immaculate, , Krishnagar, Bengal
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The shocking news of dear Fr. K. J Thomas’s tragic death has numbed us. It is heart rending and unbearable. Fr. K.J. Thomas a holy, dedicated, and humble priest possessed high qualities of head and heart which he generously made use in his ministry at St. Peter’s Seminary. His life was exemplary in every way reaching out to everyone in need. We were privileged to be beneficiaries of his availability and generosity. Only God our merciful Father can console and comfort the sad demise of Fr. K.J. Thomas. May his magnanimous heart plead for those who have done this terrible crime. Our heartfelt condolences to all at St. Peter’s, his family members and all concerned. May he rest in peace and enjoy the eternal bliss in Abba’s embrace.

Sr Mariette BS, Bethany Provincialate, Vamanjoor
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Murder in the Seminary ... Shocking! Unbelievable tragedy! What a paradox - Seminary meant for nurturing and promoting life witnesses death on Easter Sunday, a day of triumph - life over death! We strongly condemn the act and demand for investigations proper to such brutal act! May Fr Thomas rest in peace!

Fr. Mario Zalki CMF, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A shocking news indeed. The church has lost a very holy Priest, a humble and intelligent Professor. May your blood inspire many more vocations for the Church. May your soul REST IN PEACE.

Regina, Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Dear Loving father we pray yr sole to rest in peace! and the culprit should be punished severely.
If this is the end for a priest and what about us??? what security we have in this state????

mini philip, Madurai
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Very inhuman act...one more innocent soul is put to death for someone's selfish motive.Each of the blood shed by FR.K.J Thomas may find new shoots in our country. May his soul rest in Peace.

Rita, Bangalore, shanthinagar
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

This incident is very cruel thing. How could they imagine & do harm to holy priests, if the culprits motive is theft, don't they have fear of God's punishment.

Really its undigestible incident.

May the holy father's soul rest in peace.
May Jesus give bearness to his family members.

Deep condolence from Rita & family

livin, tamilnadu
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

may the soul of Rev.fr.Thomas rest in peace. truth will triumph.

CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

WE CHRISTENS JUST CONDEMNING THE INCIDENT.AND PRAY FOR HIS SOUL.IF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO OTHER MINORITY COMMUNITY,POLICE STATION WOULD HAVE GHERAOD/STONED PEOPLE WOULD HAVE PROTESTED ON THE ROAD.KARNATAKA WOULD HAVE BURNT..BUT WE ARE THE PEACEFUL PEOPLE,OUR PROTEST IS INSIDE THE HEART..GOD FORGIVE THEM...

Gnanaraj Sdc, Yesuvanam,Sivaganagai
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

It is really shocking to hear the news.
May the shed tears and blood of the holy priest bring conversion to the murderers. May the Lord let his soul rest in peace.
my Prayers to all the family members and his friends during this distress time.

sr.superior, assam
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

It is indeed a shocking news of the brutal murder of Fr.K.J.Tomas. as we pray for the departed soul we do ask the merciful Father to comfort and console the family members ans all those who mourn the demise Fr.K.J.Thomas . May the Risen saviour grant him eternal bliss. May his soul rest in peace.

Fr. Gnana Peppin, Kolkata
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Very Shocking. We pray that justice may be established. May his soul rest in peace.

Fr. Charles Irudayam, New Delhi
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

May the soul of Fr. K.J. Thomas rest in peace!

Sr.Ligi MSMHC, Assam
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

MURDER IN A SEMINARY ???? It IS REALLY SHOCKING. I personally condemn the brutal murder of a holy priest. He was a man of principles. May his soul rest in peace.

Nancy, Mangalore/Canada
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Lord you have plans for everything. May Fr. Thomas sacrifice of life from this world may not go in vein. Please send your holy spirit and renew the face of the earth. May more and more people come to you and believe in your message. Christ is risen Alelluia.

Albert Gonsalves , Mangalore / U.A.E.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Very shocking news indeed and that too in the heart of Bangalore. Lets hope the police are able to trace the culprits of this gastly crime speedily. May the soul of the dear departed Rev Fr. K.J. Thomas rest in peace.

Fr.Steevan D'Sa, Hosadurga/ Chitradurga
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Fr.K.J.Thomas was one of my favourate teachers in the seminary. He is known for his witty nature. A soft spoken and friendly nature person. It is a great loss for the seminary and for all the students. I really miss him.May his soul rest in peace. Father kindly forgive them, they know not what they did.

Sr. Lilitta BS & Councillors, Bethany Provincial House Bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Indeed very shocking to learn about Fr. K.J. Thomas's brutal death! We very much saddened that we have lost a great leader in the Church. God grant Him Eternal rest.

Declan, Mumbai
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

IF REPORTS ARE TRUE, IT ONLY GOES TO SHOW THAT INDIA IS ONLY GOING BACKWARDS, AS HATRED BASED EITHER ON COMMUNAL,SOCIAL,GENDER OR LANGUAGE BARRIERS IS GROWING MORE AND MORE BY THE DAY AND FRAGMENTING OUR COUNTRY.

Fr. Jayaraju Bollikonda OCD, St. Teresa's Monastery, Kurnool
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Lord Jesus, shed the blood and cleansed the sin, Fr. K.J died and won the glory. Every of blood shed by Jesus on the Cross has converted the sinners and the every blood shed by Fr. K.J, converts his murdered. Dear Fr. K.J, you have preceded us in dying for Christ. May your soul rest in peace. The Lord has risen, Alleluia.

Tauro john, Mangalore/malad/nigeria
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Its a very sad and shocking news, the culprits should be brought to justice.

MAY FR THOMAS'S SOUL REST IN PEACE

Sisters measadan, mulky
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

It was really shocking news and very sad of the cruel murder. May his soul rest in peace. hearty condolence to all the naer and dear ones.

olivia, dubai
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.

Fr. Martin Adichilamackal, Australia
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

God loves the cheerful. You were so cheerful Fr. K.J and I am sure God has accepted your martyrdom. So sad to miss you.Our prayers and love will always remain with you and your family. The blood that has socked the soil of St. Peters'will bring another saint to the Church.

Sr. Nirmala, Bangalore/ Brazil
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Dear Fr.k.j.Thomas,May your soul rest in peace.Let the Risen Christ receive u with an angels,let u dedication & love for the Mother Church, teach us we r brothers & sisters of heaveny God who created us, His imege & likeness.Mother Church proude of u.

Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

What is happening in Karnataka?
Where is the Government?
Are they busy packing their bags?

Peter/Leni, Bolkunje/Mangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

We cannot get over. " priest is murdered " why will a priest be murdered? May his soul rest in peace

Sr.Paola, Rome
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I am shoked ! What happens to my dear India? Where is going the indian attitude and spirit of tolerance, love, fraternity, unity...May the sacrifice of life Fr.K.J.Thomas be a seed of peace!

Fr Sebastian, Idukki/Nigeria
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A role model for all those who pass through St Peters Seminary has gone for his eternal reward. As a teacher, Fr Thomas was so precious and we will surely miss him. May his soul rest in peace.

Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Sorry to her this brutal murder of Fr. Thomas. May his soul rest in peace and may God Almighty give enough strength to his loved ones to bear this loss.

Fr. Jojo Ancheril, macau china, Macau
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Well even now I can't believe the death news of Fr. K J Thomas. He was suppose to be here in Macau from 16 th to 18th May. We miss you dear Fr. K. J Thomas but you will be ever remembered. Heartfelt condolence and prayers to all who were associated with Fr. KJ Thomas.

mouris, puttur
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

i m verry sad

renji varghese, native-ooty:residing now in bangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

very sad to hear this.........& also great loss for christians.........condolence & prayers.............

Mathew, Rome
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

KJ has been a great friend priest whose hearty humour and generous deeds endeared him to many people. I remember his sharing with me of his habit of keeping all accounts ready by the end of the day when he was administrator in St. Peter's. I admired him as a person and a priest who has transcended narrow communal considerations. My heart grieves at the way he was treated by whoever is responsible for the atrocity.

Fr. Cyriac Njayarkulam CMF, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Very much shocked to hear about the tragic death of my friend Fr. K.J. Thomas who was close to us when I was rector at Claretian Seminary, Malleswaram. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to all concerned at the st. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Archdiocese of Bangalore and Diocese of Ootty as well as his relatives and friends. We Claretians in Sri Lanka remember him and pray for his eternal rest.

REV.FR.AROGYASWAMY, RANCHI
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

He was my spiritual father,I can not assimilate the shocking news at Ranchi,Last week He invited me to Seminary but I was thinking to spend my vacation in May.It is a great lose for the Church.The best professor the Seminary Lost.The culprits must be punished though I work in the Prisons,I know him through and through.
May his soul rest in peace,in my diocese the mass is said for his soul.

Fr. Dolphy Veigas. OP, Agrar/Switzerland
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Shocking and terrifying news. A humble priest is no more. May God grant him eternal peace.

Fr. Gade Kishore Reddy MSFS, Warangal, Germany
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Dear Fr.K.J.Thomas, May your soul rest in peace.
I still remember your classes. Those days I was really taken by your classes. You taught with a great clarity and intelligence. May God grant you eternal peace.

Sr Wilberta BS, Mangalore
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Shocking news indeed! We pray eternal rest to the departed soul of Fr K. J Thomas. Heartfelt condolences to Arch Bishop Bernard Moras,comfort and strength to all the bereaved members of the family

Fr. Teji Thomas MI (Camillians), Kerala
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Rev. Fr. K.J. Thomas was my professor. It was a shocking news for me. I still remember a HOLY PRIEST who taught us the Theology of Trinity.
May the Truine God reward him HEAVEN. Dear Fr. KJ, Please do pray for us priests to live our life for Christ and only for Christ.
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit".

Parimala Selvaraj, Bangalore
Monday, April 01, 2013

We have had great respect regard for kind Rev. Fr. K. J. Thomas, especially as he would offer his heartfelt support for our Christmas Outreach Programmes from the Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC), Bangalore. He was always very particular about following procedures though, which we would happily admire adhere to... BUT come Christmas time, he would help arrange for the Seminarians to participate in the Outreach at Kidwai's Cancer Hospital Dharmashala, Remand Homes for Juvenile children etc... He understood our Mission, and reached out where ever he could... We will surely miss him! May his good soul rest in peace with Our Father in Heaven his divine family forever...

Sr. Catherine VSDB, Shillong
Monday, April 01, 2013

Unexpected cruel news. May God receive your soul. Forgive them Lord they do not know what they do.

Sr.Amudha., Tumkur.
Monday, April 01, 2013

May His soul rest in peace. Very sad incident . Innocent life is gone ,the one who did this work will get it in time.

Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi
Monday, April 01, 2013

HOMAGE TO FATHER.
ALL ARE SHOCKED IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION OR CREED.
MY HEART GOES OUT TO SISTER AND FATHER WHO SUFFERED THIS HOCK THE MOST.
POLICE CAN NOT SAVE ORDINARY AND HELPLESS PEOPLE ON THE STREETS.
THIS IS THE TRUTH AND THIS IS A GRAVE TRAGEDY.
PERSONS IN ROBE OR UNIFORM ARE NOT EXEMPTED

Bennet Vas, Mangalore
Monday, April 01, 2013

Here we have a tragedy .. a good harmless human being is MURDERED ,,, all who have known him have commented about his high qualities, and there are the half baked creatures who have hit DISLIKE .. why and what for only God in His Mercy can answer.. these are the people who are a curse to society but will be forgiven by our Christ the Risen lord .. no matter who thier Gods are

Fr Bijo N Chacko, Kothamangalam, Kerala
Monday, April 01, 2013

Really a shocking news. He was my Rector and he loved all of us. Pray for u dear Fr KJ. May the good Lord grand him eternal rest.

AMS, Mangalore
Monday, April 01, 2013

The culprits didnt think twice before murdering such an innocent Holy person. They had no fear of God nor the wrath that would befall them. The truth will be known soon and they will get their punishment.

Fr Vinod Lobo, Mangalore
Monday, April 01, 2013

When I think of Fr K.J.Thomas I remember his trinity classes, brisk walking and gentle smile. He was our animator and I found in him a good shepherd. Really a great loss. I am shocked. R.I.P

Thomas, india
Monday, April 01, 2013

While praying for the soul of Rev. Fr.Thomas.
We often wonder- whether we are safe in our own country?
Is this the civil india?
what is the root cause of this brutal-merciless act!
how can we prevent these kinds of actions in future?
we need to act now!

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