FR. GEORGE SANTHUMAYOR OF JESUS
Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor, belongs to St. Roque’s
Parish, Neerude, in the Diocese of Mangalore. After joining the
Carmelite Order in 1971, he completed his initial formation in
the Manjummel Province, Kerala and made his first profession at
Podanur, Tamil Nadu on 15th of August, 1974. He pursued his
studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Alwaye,
Kerala (Philosophy), St. Joseph’s Inter-Diocesan Seminary, Jeppu,
Mangaluru (1st year theology) and finally at the Teresianum in
Rome. A memory that he treasures, is that he was ordained
priest, by Pope St. John Paul II. This was on 6th of June, 1982,
in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.
He proceeded to Vienna, Austria and Jerusalem for higher studies
in Biblical Theology. Equipped with a Licentiate in Sacred
Scriptures, he returned to the newly formed Karnataka-Goa
Province and his first appointment was as formator of the
aspirants (Initiation Course) at Xellim, Goa. Most of his life
as a priest has been spent in the formation of seminarians and
he has been formator at the levels of postulancy, philosophy,
regency and theology.
Fr. George has also a vast experience in administration. At the
local level, he has been superior of our communities at
Mangaluru, Margao, Madanthyar, Koteshwar and Bogadi-Mysuru. At
the same time, he was elected thrice as one of the Provincial
Councilors (1987-1990; 2014-2017 and 2020-2021). It was when he
was the first Provincial Councillor (Vicar Provincial), that on
7th of October, 2021, Rev. Fr. General appointed him the
Provincial of the Karnataka-Goa Province, since Fr. Pius James
D’Souza, the previous Provincial had been elected as one of the
Definitors (Assistant to the General) during the General Chapter
held in 2021 Rome.
Besides guiding and forming numerous seminarians, giving courses
on the New Testament at our Institutes and reaching out in
spiritual ministry to priests, religious and laity, he has made
many significant contributions to the growth of the Province.
Notable among his achievements is the construction of the iconic
Shrine dedicated to the Infant Jesus at Mangalore, which draws
thousands of devotees especially on Thursdays. He also designed
the splendid Infant Jesus Shrine at Pushpashrama, Mysore, which
resembles some of the ancient architectural attractions of the
Fr. George is conversant in Konkani, English, Kannada, German,
Italian, Latin and the Biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek).
While cherishing his Carmelite identity and living its charism,
he strives to “be all things to all people” (1Cor 9:23) after
the luminous example of his biblical hero, St. Paul.
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