Memorial Service Held for Fr Jacob Srampickal SJ
He lives on in the hearts of those he has touched
A Holy Mass for the soul of Fr Jacob Srampickal SJ was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, New Delhi on April 17.
Fr. Srampickal, head of the department of Communication Studies and professor at Gregorian University Rome, passed away in Austria on April 14.
Fr. Thomas Sequeira, Deputy Secretary General, CBCI was the main celebrant of the mass. He spoke of death of Fr Jacob as a major loss to the communication ministry in India. “Fr Srampickal was a man of deep faith, despite his ailments. He expected a lot for the Church in India.”
Fr. Srampickal, 62, was recently appointed director of CBCI National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT) and was scheduled to take up the post in June. He was associated with the founding of the media training institute and was the first dean of the institute.
In his homily, Fr Jude Botelho, director, NISCORT said that he had known and worked with Fr Srampickal for over twenty years. He said that Fr Srampickal was well versed with the vision of NISCORT and was looking forward to taking charge of the institute.
“He had a great many plans for NISCORT. He wanted the institute to offer more courses to educate and train church personnel in pastoral communication”, said Fr Botelho.
“Fr Srampickal’s death is a setback for NISCORT as well as the communication ministry of the Church in India as a whole.” he added.
“Fr Srampickal was a long time companion on our way. He was a guide and an inspiration for many of us. Above all, he was an unsullied, committed communicator of God” said Fr George Plathottam SDB, Secretary, CBCI Office for Social Communications. “We shared similar ideas on communication formation and key issues. This mutual understanding of the concept of communication allowed us to jointly conduct communication programmes” he said. Fr. Plathottam recalled how Fr Srampickal would teach in seminaries during vacation time. “This stands as testament to his commitment”, he said.
“Fr Srampickal’s journey has just begun. He lives on in the hearts of those he has touched.” said Fr Thomas Sequeira. It is a big loss for communication formation in India.
The Conference of Religious India (CRI) join with church leaders to also express its deep grief over the sudden demise of Jesuit Fr Jacob Srampickal, the media guru who belonged to the Patna province.