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posted Feb 12, 2014, 9:01 AM by Vidal Martinez   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 11:30 AM by Theresa Orozco ]

I am SOURIRAJ Arulananda Samy. Since I have no surname, I take my father’s name as my surname (Indians are more Biblical, in the Bible there are no surnames, they take the name of their father, eg. Jesus son of Joseph). So I am SOURIRAJ son of Arulananda Samy. I like to be called SOURI (no need to say my full name). I am hailing from a big family. I have two brothers and three sisters, all are elder to me. They all are married and each one has enough children. One of my elder brothers passed away in 1994, when he was 24. I lost my parents in the year 2011, my father Mr. Arulananda Samy (10.07.2011) and my mother Mrs. Antoniammal (26.12.2011). Losing them in the same year was a shock for me. I have accepted the reality and continued my life with faith.  

I had my elementary and high schooling at my village itself. I had my higher secondary schooling at Vailankanni, nearby town, which was also my parish town. When I completed my higher secondary studies in the year 1993, I entered the Servite Order. I did my college studies at St. Joseph's, Trichy. I did my bachelor degree in Tamil Literature. I began my novitiate in the year 1997 and 31st May 1998, I took my simple profession. From 1998 to 2000 I did my philosophical studies at Dharmaram College, Bangalore. In the year 2000 and 2001 I did my year of regency (Pastoral year) in collaboration with the Jesuit fathers. I worked as prefect in their boys’ hostel and worked in their school to help the dropout students. From 2001 to 2005 I was in Rome to do my theological and mariological studies, meanwhile I also did a formative course to prepare myself for the apostolate of Formation. On 19th December 2004, I made Solemn Profession. On 19th October 2005 I was ordained as deacon and in 19th April 2006 ordained as priest.  

After my ordination I was appointed as vocation promoter for OSM Indian Vicariate and Coordinator for Chennai OSSM family. In the year 2008-2009 I worked as parochial vicar in one of our Servite parishes in India. In the year 2009 I started my MCL (Master in Canon Law) Studies in St. Peter's, Bangalore also helping with our professed friars as assistant master. I love to study psychology, but I was forced to pursue Canon Law. Just the same, I continued to have psychology as my second love and thus, I have titled my thesis: Use of Psychology in the Admission to Religious Life and Formation with Reference to Canon 642 and the Formative Programme of OSM. I defended my thesis in 2012 and that same year I was appointed as master for the professed in Bangalore. In 2013, I was one of the delegates for the General Chapter, where I was elected one of the General Councilors. 

As a person I am very talkative and extroverted by nature. I keep myself busy always by reading and writing. I have authored many articles on Mary in Tamil for our Servite Monthly Marian Magazine published in Tamil. I am interested in teaching and preaching, particularly about Mary. I have taught classes and conducted retreats both in Tamil and in English. I am fluent in speaking and writing Tamil, English and Italian. I am new to this service of administration and international realities. I hope that I could learn quickly and do my best. I am also always open for fraternal correction and suggestions.  

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