Joseph , the second son of John and Anna of Vithayathil family was born on 23 July 1865 at Puthenpally
Young Joseph had one year’s religious training under the vicar Rev. Fr. Scaria Naganoolil.
Seminary life (1881-1894)
1894 March 26: First Holy Mass
1894 April 23: First appointment as assistant Vicar
He woke up at early dawn and directed his steps towards the chapel with a lantern in his hand and spent long hours on his knees in front of the Eucharistic Lord. He was a loving ‘Pithavu’ to all people of society irrespective of caste or creed. Realizing that the formation of persons is inevitable to the growth and welfare of society he took care to open many schools
As Mariam Thresia’s spiritual guide
Fr. Joseph Vithayathil played a unique role in the life of Blessed Mariam Thresia. He was convinced of God’s mysterious plan in this humble rustic woman and suffered a lot for helping our mother in times of struggle.
Fr. Joseph Vithayathil was called to heaven on 8 June 1964 in his 100th year, the same date on which Blessed Mariam Thresia, his spiritual daughter died.
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