FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, changing the lanscape of education in Manipur. (Part 2)
Guest Speaker : Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, Catholic Priest.
Language: Interview in English
Location: Priests’ Home, Mantripukhri in Imphal, Manipur, India
Catch up the 1st part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, the first diocesan priest posted in Manipur and has been serving as a priest for 58 years now.
As Rev. Father Mattam got diagnosed with Pleurisy in 1967, he had to leave Sugnu for treatment in Imphal. He then left Manipur to get further treatment at his home town in Kerala. After six months stay in Kerala, he was recalled and then posted at Bishop House in Dibrugarh. He worked there as Spiritual Director for six months before requesting to be sent to Manipur. He was then appointed as the Parish Priest at Good Shepherd Parish in Churachandpur. He also worked as the Principal at his school, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Churachandpur during this period. Father Mattam says that earlier there were no schools in the villages of Churachandpur and the people kept requesting for schools to be set up in the villages. During this time, he used to bring some students to Imphal for their studies. He talks about the success of their students after passing out from their schools. After eight years stay in Churachandpur, Father Mattam came back to Imphal and started work at Pastor Training Church.
Manipur became a diocese on 21st April, 1980 with Rev. Joseph Mittathany as the Bishop. In 1984, Father Mattam was appointed by the Bishop as Vicar General of the Diocese, which he held for 25 years. In this episode, Father Mattam also talks about the late Rev. Father Mathew Planthottam, who he says was his companion in Manipur. Father Mattam also talks about the establishment of St. Joseph’s School, Sangaiprou.
Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.