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.
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.
take office on 27 April 2021.