Helping others to find true joy
In conjunction with The Guardian, the religious women and men of Prince Edward Island are participating in The Year of Consecrated Life as invited by Pope Francis.
Readers will meet some of these women and men over the coming months. Today's profile will focus on Fr. Isaac Chackalaparampil.
Hometown: Kocki, Kerala, India.
Congregation: Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.
Year of religious profession: 1959.
Ministries: Current - pastor at Holy Redeemer Parish Charlottetown, previous: teaching and research in molecular biology of cancer.
Favorite image of Jesus: As a teacher and a healer.
A person who influenced my faith life: My grandmother and a teacher who taught me Catholic catechism.
An Island spot I especially like: Charlottetown because there is variety - nice people, waterfront and boardwalk, trail for a long walk etc.
If I could have lunch with a saint, I would choose: St. Chavara, because he is a founding Father of our CMI Congregation, and there is more to learn from his charism and vision.
What “rocks my world” today? The dwindling desire shown by the younger generation to enter religious life and priesthood.
Something I appreciate about community life: the mutual help to meet common issues and find solutions; joyful companionship.
An interesting fact/hobby about me: computer drawing and composing.
My favorite author: Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Avila.
Slogan I would give for my life: Life is gift and its fulfilment is in making other grow at all levels.
What I would say to someone considering choosing religious life: Make use of your life and your talents to help others discover the true joy and real success in their life.
Fr. Isaac Chackalaparampil