Thrissur native to become first speech-hearing impaired priest in India
Kochi: For the first time in India, a speech and hearing impaired youth is going to be a priest. The primary vow took place in Tamil Nadu the other day. He will be given the priesthood after the final vow which would take place after four years.
Thrissur native Brother Joseph Thermadom joined Holycross church (CSS) to become a priest. Although, he had this dream when he was a student, he was apprehensive of whether it would become a reality. He was inspired by the news of a blind man who became a priest.
His brother Stalin Thermadom, a bank official, is also hearing and speech impaired. They studied in Mumbai, later Joseph went to USA as part of his studies to attain priesthood. He returned after studying Theology and Philosophy under Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate.
Holycross Church has special ministries for speech and hearing impaired. Joseph Thermadom approached Father Biju Moolakkara, who was in charge of the ministry. In 2017, Joseph was temporarily added to the ministry in headquarters of Holycross, Kottayam.
He studied here for one year and then another year in Pune. After this, he completed his novitiate period in Tamil Nadu. Father Biju Mulakkara said that Joseph will start working in the ministry for hearing and speech impaired. Brother Joseph Thermadom will return to Kottayam after the lockdown ends.