Rev. Fr. Mathew Thundiyil was born on December 6, 1969 in Kumarakom of Kottayam Dt. in Kerala, to Mr. T.U. Joseph and Mrs. Aleyamma Joseph.

Having completed his high school studies, stirred by the Holy Spirit and a deep personal desire to become a missionary priest, young Mathew joined St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra on 19th July 1985. He completed his philosophical and theological studies from St. Joseph’s Regional Seminary, Allahabad. He did his regency at Holy Family Parish and Christ the King School, Tundla.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Agra on 1st May 1996.

His first appointment was as the Vice-Rector at St. Lawrence Minor Seminary, Agra after which he served as the Asst. Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Parish, Agra Cantt. and St. Mary’s Parish, Noida. He also served as the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Noida, Sacred Heart Parish, Mathura, St. Francis Parish, Hathras and St. Peter’s Parish, Bharatpur. Between the year 2007-2009, he obtained the Master’s Degree in Biblical Theology from Bangalore. He was also the Principal of St. Francis Sr. Sec. School, Hathras, St. Dominic’s Sr. Sec. School, Mathura and St. Peter’s Sr. Sec. School, Bharatpur.

In the year 2019, as the Principal at St. Dominic’s Sr. Sec. School, Bharatpur, he was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer in the prostate. Though he showed signs of improvement during the treatment, he succumbed to the deadly decease on 29th March 2022 in his hometown in Kerala. He is buried in the cemetry of St. John’s Church, Kumarakom, Kottayam Dt. Kerala. A tomb stone is raised in his memory in the priests’ cemetry at the right side of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Agra.

Fr. Mathew was well known as an energetic and enthusiastic priest who as a fruitful parish priest held his flock very close to his heart. His humerous and loving nature combined with hard work and simplicity will be missed by everyone in the entire Archdiocese of Agra.

May his soul rest in peace.

REV. FR. JOE VADAKKEKARA (1946 - 2016)
REV. FR. JOSE MUTTATH (1942 - 2013)
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