S03E49 FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, life as a priest in Manipur for 58 years.

FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, life as a priest in Manipur for 58 years. (Part 4)

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.

Catch up the 2nd part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, changing the lanscape of education in Manipur.

Catch up the 3rd part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, shares about Extortionists, kidnapping, shooting and killing of priests in Manipur.


The Catholic Church in Manipur has established more than 40 schools in the nook and corners of the state. In 1956, the plot which is current occupied by Nirmalabas High School, Imphal was the centre for the Catholic Missions. From there, they expanded their mission to reach the remote places of Manipur. The Nirmalabas School was then founded in February of 1958 in the little house they had bought at Rs. 49,000. They shifted to Chingmeirong on 31st January, 1958 and later on built the Church in 1959. Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam was the first diocesan priest to be posted in Manipur. He has been living in Manipur for 58 years since 27th July, 1958 and has served the people, carrying out God’s will and teaching the truthful way of life.

Father Mattam says that there are now more than hundred non-local Indian priests and more than fifty local priests in the state. He says that other priests may come and go, but the diocesan priests are incarcerated to the Diocese which they are assigned and will continue to serve till the end. He talks about the sacrifices the priests have to make when they choose this way of life. During the 60’s, the priests were allowed a stipend of Rs. 3 per day for their livelihood. Now, their stipend is only about Rs. 3000-4000 per month.  Towards the end of this episode, the reverend gives a message for the people in meitei-lon.

 


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

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.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/

 

S03E48 FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam shares about Extortionists, kidnapping, shooting and killing of priests in Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, shares about Extortionists, kidnapping, shooting and killing of priests in Manipur. (Part 3)

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.

Catch up the 2nd part of the interview at FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, changing the lanscape of education in Manipur.


During the 90’s and early 2000’s, some underground groups and extortionists kidnapped and even shot and killed some priests of the Catholic Church. Father Mattam talks about some of these incidents where the fathers and brothers of the Church were the victims. He says that peace and development can never be achieved using bullets. He believes in solving such kind of problems by negotiating and talking between the two parties without the use of violent means. He feels that the other party should express what they really want and that their movement should be meaningful. Even after a series of such attacks on the Church, the priests in Manipur continue to stay brave and keep serving the people, doing God’s work. Father Mattam says that the people who are here to serve, who love God, are committed and that they are not afraid of death, pain and suffering or any kind of threat. He quoted by saying, “If you want peace, stand for truth and justice. Don’t be afraid of death.”

In this episode, Father Mattam tells a story about his early days when he first chose the path to becoming a priest; learning Latin, studying Seminary for 3 years, Philosophy for 3 years and another 4 years for Theology. He says that he was determined and by God’s grace, he was able to complete his 10 years course. He says that he felt no desire to go back nor did he feel any regret for have chosen this path. His first assignment after his ordinance was in Manipur. Father Mattam had no idea where Manipur was located even though he was the one who volunteered to be posted there. In fact, he was actually searching for Manipur on a map with the help of another priest before starting his journey!

 


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

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.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/

 

S03E47 FindingTheVoices with Reverend Father Joseph Kachiramattam, changing the lanscape of education in Manipur.

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.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

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.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/