Staff Member: Father Pathrose (Peter) Panuvel
Father Pathrose (Peter) Panuvel
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My Journey with the Holy Rosary
My name is Pathrose Panuvel (Peter). I was born on the 20th of January 1974, in Marthandom, India. I have a big beautiful family. I have four brothers and three sisters. My Father’s name is Panuvel and my mother’s name is Maria Pushpam. My father died at the age of 72, in 2007, he had been a farmer. My mother is still living. She is a homemaker.
I was born to and brought up in a Catholic family. Since I was a child, I had a great ambition to become a Catholic priest. From 5th standard (grade) onwards, I went to Church every day for Mass and assisted as an altar boy. While I was studying in school, I read many books about the lives of the saints. While I was studying in the 8th grade, I read the history of Saint Maxmillian Kolphe. His story influenced me very much. His veneration of the Holy Mary and his missionary activities in the Middle Eastern countries changed my life and motivated me even further to become a Catholic priest. Because of his influence, I have been reciting the Holy Rosary every day. His influence continued on even after I became a priest, leading me to convert many Hindus into Christians. After high school, I joined the seminary formation and finished my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology. I went on to complete my Masters degree in Indian History.
On January 4th, 2000 after a long twelve years of seminary formation, I was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Marthandom in India. I was assigned as the Bishop’s secretary for three years. After my time with the Bishop, I was assigned as the pastor for three parishes. During that time, by the Grace of God and Blessing of Holy Mary, I was able to construct three beautiful churches. Some of my happiest and worst memories are from this time of my life. Because the government of India was not favorable towards Christians, it did not allow the construction of new churches. But, I had motivated the parishioners to recite the Holy Rosary and pray every day for the government officials to change their minds. After four years of praying the Holy Rosary and prayer I finally got the government’s permission to construct churches. During this time I really experienced the power of prayer and the Holy Rosary. Parish life gave me great knowledge and wisdom. One thing I am sure of is that it shaped me to become the man that I am now.
My next assignment ran from 2010 to 2014, I was assigned as a correspondent (secretary) of the Diocese’s Catholic schools and college. On October 1st, 2014 my Diocese’s Bishop asked me to go to the Archdiocese of Detroit for the pastoral ministry of this community and the surrounding areas. On October 14th, 2014, I arrived in Livonia, Michigan. I stayed with Fr. Kevin Peter in St. Aiden’s church nearly four months. On February 6, 2015, I moved to St. Louise de Marillac Church in Warren. Here, I have been the Associate Pastor for Fr. Michael Suhy. Fr. Michael’s life and his veneration of the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Rosary and the loving relationship of the parishioners has influenced me very much. While here I hope to learn the English language very well and perform positive pastoral works for this church. When I arrived here, it was difficult for me because I did not know anything about American life; not the food, the language, nor the customs. As I have become more familiar with my environment, I have come to be very happy here. It is through the Grace of God and Holy Mary that I have had the wonderful support of my pastor and the patience of the parishioners