Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Anand Neelamkavil, O. Praem.

Birth: September 19, 1939

Death: March 12, 2010

House: St. Norbert Abbey, Jamtara

"I am the resurrection and the life" (Jn 11:25)

Rev. Fr. Anand Ignatius Neelamkavil, O. Praem., aged 71, member of the Norbertine Canonry of Jamtara, India, passed away peacefully to God’s Heavenly abode at Jubilee Mission Hospital, Trichur, Kerala at 9.30 p.m. on 12th March 2010.

Fr. Anand was born on 19th September 1939 in Aranattukara, Trichur, Kerala, to late Mr. Francis and late Mrs. Thandu. He belongs to St. Thomas Church, Aranattukara, Trichur, Kerala. Having completed his Higher Secondary studies, he joined the Norbertine Order in the year 1961 and made his simple profession on July 11, 1965. He completed his Theological studies at St. Pius the X, Seminary, Goregaon, Mumbai and made his Solemn Profession on June 16, 1968. He was ordained a Priest on December 19, 1970, by late Rt. Rev. Loebard D’zousa, the then bishop of Jabalpur, at St. Norbert Priory, Jamtara, Jabalpur.

Fr. Anand began his Priestly ministry in St. Norbert Priory, Jamtara. He worked as the Provisor of St. Norbert Priory for ten years. He was then transferred to Eravipuram Kerala, in 1981, where he served as assistant Parish Priest at St. John the Baptist Church, Eravipuram for the next 13 years. He also served as the Provisor of Kollam community during this period. From 1994 to 1998, he served the archdiocese of Trichur as Assistatnt/Parish Priest in few parishes of the archdiocese. Owing to his ill-health, from 1998 until death, he stayed at Norbertine Ashram at Kallamkulam, Trichur Kerala. He continued to serve the people as confessor and spiritual director, even though, he was on and off on sick leave.

Fr. Anand was a man of profound God experience and was keen on sharing this experience with others. He carried out the responsibilities assigned to him with sense of dedication and love. Calmness was the hallmark of his personality. Impartial as he was, he treated everyone with due respect and reverence. Fr. Anand who nurtured the virtues of love, patience and tolerance in life with a sense of sacrifice is sure, a model for all of us.

The funeral service of Fr. Anand Ignatius Neelamkavil, O. Praem, was held on 16th March, 2010 at 3.00 p.m. at Norbertine Ashram, Kallamkollam. His Grace, Mar Andrews Thazhath, the Archbishop of Trichur presided over the Funeral Service and the Holy Eucharist. Along with the Archbihsop, Abbot Rt. Rev. Benzes Thomas O. Praem, the Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, Jamtara and Very. Rev. Jose Anthanattu O. Praem, the Prelate of Canonry of Mananthwadi and Rev. Fr. Sabu Thomas, O. Praem, the Prior of Kollam Dependant Priory were also present. Fr. Anand was laid to rest in the Norbertine Ashram Cemetery in the presence of Norbertine Fathers, diocesan- religious clergy and sisters, relatives of Fr. Anand, and the laity who were present in large numbers.

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