Sunday, January 15, 2006

Father Tommy Passes Away

Fr Thomas Kuruvilla (57), Injured in Ratnagiri Accident, Passes away

Mumbai, Jan 15: Fr Thomas Kuruvilla, who had been injured in a road accident in Ratnagiri on January 6, succumbed to the injuries on Sunday, January 15 at 7 am.

Fr Kuruvilla, parish priest of St Blaise Church, Amboli, Andheri (West), diocesan estate manager and also director RC Cathedral Trust, along with Fr Salvador Rodrigues, parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, was returning from Goa to Mumbai in a Toyota Qualis car on January 6.

Around 2 pm, a tyre of the car burst and the vehicle went out of control near Sangameshwar village in Ratnagiri, turned turtle and rolled into a nearby paddy field. Both the priests were injured, of them Fr Kuruvilla severely. Fr Salvador is recovering in the Holy Spirit Hospital.

Fr Kuruvilla passed away on Sunday, January 15 morning.

Funeral details will be announced later.

- Report by Daijiworld News Network - Mumbai (MB)

Update on Sangameshwar-Ratnagiri Accident - by George D'Souza, Orlem

Two senior priests of the Bombay archdiocese had met an accident on January 6, and one of them Fr. Thomas Kuruvilla, 57, parish priest of St. Blaise Church, Amboli and director of Diocesan Estates, has succumbed to the head injuries.

The other priest Fr Salvador Rodrigues, 57, parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes church, Orlem, had also suffered serious injuries. He is being treated in the Holy Spirit hospital, Andheri east.

While returning from Goa on January 6, around 2 pm Fr Thomas, who was driving the Toyota Qualis, lost control of the vehicle near Sangameshwar village, Ratnagiri. The vehicle hit a tree and tumbled down into a nearby paddy field. Villagers reported rushed to the spot at once and took both the injured priests to Sangameshwar rural hospital.

Father Salvador was brought to Mumbai for further treatment, but Fr. Thomaswho was in a coma with head injuries was shifted to Kolhapur hospital and was operated upon to remove a blood clot in the brain. His condition further deteriorated and he died on Sunday, January 15. Both priests are said to have been close friends.

Father Kuruvilla, ordained on Arpril 13, 1985, was a great personality and had a responsible position in the diocese. His tragic death has sent shock waves among the parishioners and the whole diocese.

- Report from George D'Souza, Orlem, Malad through Rons Bantwal for Daijiworld News Network

Fr Thomas Kuruvilla (57) Funeral Details

Fr Thomas Kuruvilla (57), parish priest of St Blaise Church, Amboli, Andheri (West), diocesan estate manager and director of Roman Catholic Cathedral Trust, passed away at 7 am on Sunday, January 15.

He had sustained severe injuries in a road accident that occurred near Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri district while returning from Goa in a car, along with Fr Salvador Rodrigues, parish priest of Orlem.

Funeral service will be held in the Church of St Blaise, Amboli-Andheri West, where he last served, at 4 pm on Friday, January 20. The mortal remains will be brought to the church at 1 pm and kept for final respects.
- Report by Daijiworld News Network - Mumbai (MB)

Also Read : Tribute to Fr. Tommy (Thomas) Kuruvilla by Frs. Salu Rodrigues, Allwyn D’Silva, Eddie D’Souza and John D’Mello

Previous Report : Two Priests Meet With Accident, One Still in Coma



Anonymous said...

Many thanks to the konkanicatholic blog, I was able to get details about my dear uncle Fr. Tommy. He was close to many more to me and my family. He made it a point in the middle of his busy schedule to come to our house at Long Island New York. My sons were shocked to hear about their uncle Fr.Tommy. His was a life that was well lived in serving God and his fellow men.
God Bless his soul.
Antony Paul

Anonymous said...

Dear Antony, You've been the first to comment on the Konkani Catholics Blog and what a note of encouragement that was!

I must admit that, when through a member we first heard of the accident of Fr. Tommy and Fr. Salu in our egroup, none of us even knew who they were, let alone the positions they held in the Archdiocese of Bombay. But we did however dedicate a post in order to request prayers from all our members and those who might visit the blog. It was during this time that we came to know more of them and started increasing our prayers for them and even informing members around Mumbai to go for the funeral.

We are touched by the witness of your uncle's life and pray eternal rest for his soul. We also pray that all his near and dear ones may be comforted in the hope the risen Lord gives.