Kochi: This priest is putting on a soldier's uniform

KOCHI :, A Priest Of The Syro-Malabar Church, Will Now Play Another Role. He Is One Of The 19 'religious Teachers' Who Was Appointed As Junior Officer Officer (JCO) On May 4 At The Institute For National Integration In Pune.

Fr Kizhakkel, Who Was Consecrated In January 2015, Will Give Soldier Lessons To The Soldiers And Perform Various Rituals And Give Religious Instructions To Soldiers And Their Families. He Will Also Organize Celebrations Of All Religious Functions And Festivals In His Unit.

" I Always Wanted To Do Something Different After My Ordination. When I First Came Across The Post Of Religious Teachers Through The UPSC Website, I Signed Up After Talking To My Friends In The Army," He Said. He Did The Physical And Medical Tests In January 2018 And Later The Common Entrance Exam And Participated In The Interview And Was Selected. There Was A Seven-week Physical Training And 11-week Training In Which Teachings, Principles, And Rituals From Every Religion Were Introduced Before It Was Dedicated As A Naib Subedar (religious Teacher). A Priest, For Actually Doing The Work Of A Priest," He Said.

" I Feel That All Religions Promote The Cause Of Goodness And Kindness," Fr Kizhakkel Said, Adding That He Always Wanted To Serve The Land And At The Same Time Want To Be A Messenger Of God, Who Communicates Values ​​of Kindness And Empathy Among Believers.

Fr Kizhakkel Said He Knew The Soldiers Are Faced With Work-Related Stress And Depression." Through This Task I Can Be A Priest And A Soldier At The Same Time, Serving The Nation And God At The Same Time. There Are Priests Abroad Working As Army Pastorium," He Said.

" The Purpose Of A Religious Teacher In The Army Is To Ensure National Integration, Religious And Regional Harmony In The Unit He Is Appointed," Said The 32-year-old Priest. The Religious Teacher Must Also Act As Advisor To The Commanding Officer In All Religious Affairs And Supervise The Maintenance Of All Religious Institutions In The Unit, Including The Performing Of Rituals Associated With It. , To Visit Prisoners For Counseling, Advise Them To Do No Wrong Deeds In The Future And Investigate Their Personal Problems Are Our Tasks," He Said.

Son Of Valsa Jose And The Late Jose Varghese Of Kizhakkel House In Kothamangalam, Fr Kizhakkel Graduated Theology At The St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary In Vadavathoor And Graduated In Philosophy From Calicut University And BCA And MCA. He Also Worked As An Assistant Manager And Vice-Director Of A Private School In Idukki.