ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Prof Kurien Kunnumpuram SJ 87 years old , born on July 8, 1931 and passed away on October 23, 2018. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Nishant Irudayadason on October 21, 2020
Dear Kurien, You are a great theologian and deeply human. Your love for the Church and for the Country has inspired students of many generations. Your ability to resolve any complex issue speaks volumes of your clarity of thought and brevity of expression. You will continue to inspire us by the fond memories we have of you
Posted by Surekha Lobo BS on October 21, 2020
Kurien Kunnumpuram SJ was and has been called as a Church man, ecclesiology expert, the pre-Vatican theologian, a champion of Vatican II and a visionary. As a theologian, he has left no stone unturned in his search for imparting the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council. His slogan was: faith in one God and in Jesus who is God-with-us is the center and goal of Christian life. MAY HE ENJOY ETERNAL BLISS!
Posted by George Mutholil on October 21, 2020
Fr. Kurian was a beloved Mentor and Motivator for me, especially during his last days. He edited whatever I wrote and kept on insisting that I publish more. He had offered to edit my monthly reflections. Unfortunately, I was late to reach it to him.
I miss him. May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Jacob Parappally on October 21, 2020
You had been an inspiring teacher, encouraging and supporting colleague and a wonderful human being. You live in my heart and memory!
Posted by Joaquim REis on October 20, 2020
Fr. Kurien was exceptionally brilliant, yet humble and approachable. A committed man filled with love for His God. In his simplicity and sincerity he felt deeply, acted boldly and expressed himself with frankness and with fervor.
Posted by Isaac Parackal on October 20, 2020
Kurien was a a great fellow and friend. May he enjoy with God in heavenly abode.
Posted by Gino Jose Prakash Mathias on October 19, 2020
Great man, Always enjoyed his homilies in the Papal Seminary chapel. May his soul rest in peace...
Posted by Stephen Thadam on October 19, 2020
Kurian was a liberated person who could accompany and liberate others particularly youngsters and committed people. He was a source of encouragement and support for me at JDV Pune. May he continue to inspire and liberate many more. Stephen C. Thadam S J
Posted by Sebastian Sasthamparambil on October 19, 2020
I always liked his clarity of thoughts. He had a great capacity to present things precisely and profoundly. Above all, deeply human and simple. May his soul rest in peace ! Love you dear Fr.Kurian
Posted by Christian Bauer on October 19, 2020
Kurien was a wonderful person and I'll never forget our rich talks... He was one of the greatest Post-Vatican-II-theologians of India!
Posted by Peter SJ on October 19, 2020
Fr.Kunumpuram was my professor. Inspired me so much through his openmindedness and creative thoughts and reflections on the CHURCH and its prophetic presence on this earth. May he enjoy eternal rest. May he continue to inspire us.
Peter Daniel SJ
Posted by Denis Rodrigues on October 19, 2020
Kurien, a man with a brilliant mind and a generous heart. And the latter was always more important to him than the former.
Posted by Jose Thayil on October 19, 2020
I have known Fr. Kurien since 1989 and have found him a great inspiration in my life. He is known for encouraging people to think differently and write frankly. He was very clear in his thinking and writing. He was very simple and down to earth. He lived a very disciplined life and was very hard working. Let us try to imitate some of his great qualities in our life. May he continue to inspire us through his life and ideas.
Posted by Sebastian Painadath SJ on October 19, 2020
Kurien continues to live with us inspiring us in our search for a relevant Christian presence in India.
Sebastian Painadath SJ
Posted by Kochurani Abraham on October 18, 2020
A friend and guide, Kurienji, your life has been a blessing to many!
Posted by Shalini Mulackal on October 18, 2020
Fr. Kurien continues to live in my memories as a good friend who played a significant role in my theological journey. He was a person of head and heart. I admired the clarity of his thinking at many occasions, in the class room and while taking a session.
Posted by Mathew P.T. on October 18, 2020
Fr Kurien was a person liberated enough to encourage and energize others. I have experienced it myself. May he continue to inspire and energize many more - from above.
Posted by Paul Raj Mariapushpam on October 18, 2020
Rev. Dr. Kurien K was above all a gentleman who respected the freedom of his fellow human beings especially of those who thought, believed and lived differently from him.
Posted by Mathew Elanji on October 18, 2020
Fr Kurien's sharp intellect and keen analysis enabled me to see situations differently. It is a privilege to be taught by him. May he continue to live in our memories. E P Mathew, SJ
Posted by Ben Boss Chellappan Clara... on October 18, 2020
A true image and likeness of God! A person who lived life in its fullness!
     K-ind
       U-nderstanding
         R-efined
           I-nspiring
             E-xemplary
               N-ice
We never lose our loved ones... They accompany us... They do not disappear from our lives...DEATH ENDS A LIFE, NOT A RELATIONSHIP.
Posted by James Charles Davis on October 18, 2020
Fr. Kurien was a man of faith, simplicity, humility and knowledge. He was an encyclopedia of Vatican II documents. His precise presentations on the foundations and participatory nature of Church were excellent and easy not only to understand the significance of the Catholic Church but to follow ever more deeply the teachings of the Church. He believed in a democratic process in the Church administration. I found in him an extraordinary moderator of common meetings. Kurien was an expert in resolving conflicting issues. Many church leaders sought his guidance and advice to settle matters. Definitely the Church in India would miss the physical presence of Kurien, however, his spirit, writings and speeches will continue to inspire and guide many, particularly, in India, most importantly those in the academic circles, who wish to research on the nature, progress and structure of the Church after the models of the Vatican II. I personally was very much involved with Kurien in the secretarial works for Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies and AUC (Apostolic Union of Clergy): Asian Journal of Religious Studies. While I was president of student councils at the Papal Seminary, he was the animator, who guided us in the right direction at all times. As a Professor and Rector of the Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth, he has contributed enormously to the academic and administrative growth of the institution, while preparing a large number of students both men and women to be good leaders of the church. May Fr. Kurien continue to enjoy the eternal bliss of the Lord and be a blessing to us for us on earth from heaven above. His Student Charles Davis.
Posted by Kuruvilla Pandikattu on October 18, 2020
An author, mentor, guide, scholar, who always accompanied people intellectually, spiritualy and humanly. Let his message live in our hearts!

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Posted by Nishant Irudayadason on October 21, 2020
Dear Kurien, You are a great theologian and deeply human. Your love for the Church and for the Country has inspired students of many generations. Your ability to resolve any complex issue speaks volumes of your clarity of thought and brevity of expression. You will continue to inspire us by the fond memories we have of you
Posted by Surekha Lobo BS on October 21, 2020
Kurien Kunnumpuram SJ was and has been called as a Church man, ecclesiology expert, the pre-Vatican theologian, a champion of Vatican II and a visionary. As a theologian, he has left no stone unturned in his search for imparting the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council. His slogan was: faith in one God and in Jesus who is God-with-us is the center and goal of Christian life. MAY HE ENJOY ETERNAL BLISS!
Posted by George Mutholil on October 21, 2020
Fr. Kurian was a beloved Mentor and Motivator for me, especially during his last days. He edited whatever I wrote and kept on insisting that I publish more. He had offered to edit my monthly reflections. Unfortunately, I was late to reach it to him.
I miss him. May his soul rest in peace.
his Life
                                 
For more details of his life, please see his his Site and his Wikipedia site.


Prof Kurien Kunnumpuram, SJ 
(1931-2018) is no more physically present with us. We are at a loss to comprehend the loss for the Society of Jesus, the Catholic Church and Papal Seminary and JDV communities.

Fr Kurien was an enthusiastic, creative and intelligent person. He completed his PhD on Vatican II from the University of in 1968, just three years after Vatican II. The next year he joined Papal Seminary Community, teaching at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth and remained here till 2013. This means he has spent 44 years out of 87 years in Pune. On September 25, 2018 he was admitted in the hospital in coma  state, due to a blood clot in the brain. Sadly, after 29 days in coma, he breathed his last on October 23, 2018.


The milestones of his eventful life are as follows:

8 July 1931
Birth at Teekoy, Kerala, India
11 July 1950
Entered the Society of Jesus
24 March 1963
Ordination to the priesthood
1968
Completed Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, on "Ways of Salvation."
1969
Started teaching Theology at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), Pune, India
1974-77
Dean of the Faculty of Theology, JDV, Pune
1987–1993
Rector of Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, India
January 1998
Founded Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies (also editor and publisher)
January 2002
Started editing and publishing AUC: Asian Journal for Religious Studies
8 July 2011
Eighty memorable years: Celebrated at Papal Seminary, Pune, with the Holy Eucharist and felicitation by Rt. Rev. Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Pune, India
31 August 2013
Returned to the Jesuit Province, Calicut (Kozhikodu), Kerala.
17 November 2017
Stroke, Calicut (Kozhikodu), Kerala. .
25 September 2018
Blood clot in the brain; went into comma; Calicut (Kozhikodu), Kerala.
17–18 October 2018
National Seminar on "Kurien's Contribution to Indian Theological Vision", Calicut (Kozhikodu), Kerala.
23 October 2018
Rest in Peace, at Nirmala Hospital, Kozhikodu, Kerala.

Prof Kurien Kunnumpuram is an eminent thinker and creative theologian. He started the journal Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies in 1998. He worked as editor of Asian journal for Religious Studies for more than ten years. He was the first editor of Encyclopedia of Christianity, published by Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth. Author of more than 20 books in areas of Church (Ecclesiology), Anthropology and Spirituality, he has contributed significantly to theologizing in the Indian context. On 17-18, October 2018 a seminar was organized in Kozhikode, to honour his contribution to Indian theologizing, where more than 40 participants studied 18 papers on themes dear to Kurien's heart.

One of the creative and significant Indian theologians, Kurien’s last book, aptly titled “Freedom and Joy” signifies his own life. As you know, Gandhi, dared to say, “my life is my message.” Kurien would not really make that claim, but his life came very close to the message of this book. He is quite convinced that freedom and joy are essential characteristics of our Christian existence.

He, along with Francis D’Sa,and George Soares-Prabhu, belonged to the second generation of theology professors at JDV, who brought about the emphasis on freedom and Indian orientation in the campus. [The first generation being Fr Lionel Mascarenhas, Fr Carlos D’Mello SJ and Fr Joe Miranda SJ]. Further, as you know, he followed the footsteps of great man like Scripture scholars like Fr Rui de Menezes and Fr Francis Pereira SJ (1931-2014), liturgist Fr Lorenzo Fernando (1947-2017) and Indian philosopher Fr Noel Sheth SJ (1943-2017).

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Shared by Kuruvilla Pandikattu on October 19, 2020
A Tribute to Fr Kurien Kunumpuram, SJ
Sr Santan Nago
Former Superior General, Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima

The news of Fr Kurien Kunumpuram’s death has deeply saddened us. He was a well-known and much loved person by all Fatima Sisters. He has been a part of us for the last three and half decades. Almost all the Sisters know him personally.

  • Fr Kurien had moderated our two General Chapters.
  • He had conducted Retreats to several groups of our Sisters.
  • He had lectured at our seminars and renewal programmes for all categories of Sisters -Juniors, Seniors, Superiors, Formators, Headmistresses, Nurses, Social workers, Fatima Sisters Associates and our Novices.
  • Fr Kurien had assisted us in updating our Constitutions twice, once in 2000-2001 and more recently 2016-17.
  • He has edited our Congregations’ historical books and several articles.
  • Fr Kurien Kunumpuram was a priest, a brother, a guide and a dear friend to us. He has been a great benefactor to us, spiritually and morally. He had encouraged, strengthened and empowered so many of us in living our lives more fully and meaningfully.
  • He always had time whenever we approached him for discussions on matters of concern and difficult issues. His wise suggestions and solutions put us on the right track. His deep faith in God and his personal relationship with Christ and the Catholic Church, has inspired and invigorated us.
Very dear Fr Kurien, you will be remembered for many things you taught and communicated to us.  The three most beautiful qualities that can be attributed
to your personality were:
1. Your care: You truly cared about us individually and as a
Congregation and took time to listen and made us feel better, every
time we came to you.
2. Your concern: You were genuinely concerned about our all-round
progress, sharing our joys, sorrows, successes and failures.
3. Your compassion: You always looked at the positive side of things
and found goodness in every situation, that refreshed and boosted
us.
Thank you, dear Fr Kurien! God blessed you with a wonderful life; now,
God awaits to embrace you in His Kingdom.
Good-bye Fr Kurien, till we meet again in heaven!
(Taken from the book Committed to the Church and the Country, published in his honour)

A Friend and a Theologian
Sebastian Painadath
I first met Kurien in 1962: I was a student of philosophy and he was studying theology, both at the Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune. I found him very approachable and genuinely interested in cultivating mature companionship. In 1970 prior to my theological studies in Innsbruck I spent a few weeks at De Nobile College. The advice he gave me in view of my theological formation was to look at Christian faith from the perspective of religious pluralism. This was a valuable orientation for me. He himself did a doctorate at Innsbruck on the openness of Vatican II to other religions. Back in India in 1978, I used to come to JDV occasionally for classes on some optional subjects. I was put up at the Papal Seminary and I used to meet Kurien often for personal sharing or theological reflections. I was impressed by his clarity of thought, commitment to theologising in the Indian context and warm friendship. When in 1987 the Kerala Jesuit Province asked me to initiate the RTC at Kalady, Kurien was extremely supportive. He used to come every year to take a course at the RTC. He was very impressed by the ashram character of the Jesuit presence at Sameeksha. During the annual Province Meets Kurien would make very pertinent interventions with clarity and precision, with good humour and in a non-threatening way. As the editor of Jnanadeepa he often asked me to contribute studied articles on inculturation and on the spirituality of the Bhagavad Gita. I always found in Kurien a confrere genuinely encouraging others to grow and express themselves creatively. Warm friendship with individuals was an integral element of his spirituality. That is why a lot priests trained at the Papal Seminary came to the funeral at Calicut. Kurien will live in the hearts of hundreds of his friends: sisters, priests, bishops and laywomen/men. The theological formation of the laity was for Kurien a personal concern. When the JDV Certificate Course for the laity was started at Sameeksha, he was always available to taken them through the post Vat. II vision of the Church. He has published quite a lot on Indian ecclesiology; these theological perspectives will bear good fruits on the Indian soil in the coming decades.

A Personal Story
Merlin Joseph Thomas
I was born in a small town/ village in Kerala, Thrissur. My schooling was done in a state syllabus school and that yields to my just about acceptable English.

My earliest memories of Fr Kurien SJ come in as a Mentor who was an effective coach also. He would provide me with audio cassettes (year 1992) to listen to English passages and stories to improve my colloquial and pronunciation and come to speed with the fast moving city “English” and much needed armor of communication. He in fact put me in touch with his very good friend Fr. Sabino SJ to talk to me on a daily basis to track the progress.

He ensured he directed me well & all throughout during my MBA in Pune University and thus set the tone for me to take up successful IT corporate career/ job. Always positive and encouraging. He helped me learn /solve case studies in methodical manner, it looked to me that he was a subject matter expert.

An incident etched in my memory is of a day when I was late for a meeting with him at papal seminary.(He had a busy schedule as he was a JDV Rector that point of time). He was extremely unhappy with my behavior and pulled out an article from his bookshelf Caption as “One man was late for his funeral” and made me read it along with the famous author, Peter Dunker’s book on “Time Management” . Never once after that was I late for a meeting EVER. Such was his discipline towards small things that matters so much in life for a personal and professional purposes, another synonym for punctuality.

I have always admired the kindness and care he had for people around him. He was always ready to help and enjoyed imparting his knowledge and loved listening to people around him. He was always ready to resolve issues and conflicts, no matter how small or big as he thought each challenge was a learning opportunity.

Relation wise, he was my Father’s younger brother but I always considered him to be my own father and we fondly called him “Kuriachacha”. His direction helped me in building my own career, married life and in upbringing of my three children.

God blessed him with remarkable intelligence and exceptional memory who was always a Leader in all situations. He encouraged people to be thankful for the life that God has given as a gift. He has reinforced the spirituality in me.

His courage to face life at any point in time was a quality I always admired for and carried forward to my life as well.

My journey with him was on April 2018 where we travelled together to papal seminary from Calicut was really memorable one as we have together reflected our personal association of 26 years.