Help­ing oth­ers to find true joy

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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

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