New Provincial for the Dumka-Raiganj Province, India

Father General has appointed Fr. Stephen C. Koitharayil as the next Provincial of the Dumka-Raiganj Province. Fr. Stephen C. Koitharayil was born on 15 August 1964 at Kottayam, Kerala. He entered the Society of Jesus on 7 July 1980 at St. Paul’s Novitiate, Jisu Jaher, Dumka. After his Juniorate at St. Stanislaus College, Sitagarha, he did his graduation in Sociology at Loyola College, Chennai, Philosophy studies at J.D.V., Pune and Theology studies at Vidya Jyoti, Delhi. He was ordained on 27 December 1995 at Christ the King Cathedral, Kottayam, Kerala. He took his final vows in the Society on 22 April 2005 at Jisu Jaher, Dumka.

After priestly ordination and two years of pastoral ministry at Shantimata parish, Nichamari, in Raiganj diocese, West Bengal, he was appointed Rector of St. Leo Minor Seminary, Raiganj where he served for four years. He then did post graduate studies in Human Development Counselling from St. Louis University, St. Louis, USA.

After his tertianship at Raia, Goa, he was appointed Rector and Novice Master at Jisu Jaher, Dumka in which mission he remained for eight years. He was then missioned as the director of Jeevan Dhara Spirituality Centre at Raiganj where he served for three years. Since 2015 he has been working as Tertian Instructor at St. Stanislaus College, Sitagarha, Hazaribag. For the past ten years, during the months when he was not engaged in the Tertianship program, he was involved in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises for various religious congregations. He will take office on 27 April 2021.

Fr. Stephen C. Koitharayil


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