ETERNAL REST GRANT TO THEM O LORD
let your perpetual Light shine upon them
FR. S. Lourthusamy, CSC
(26/04/1954 to 16-04-2022)
A Joyful Holy Cross Missionary of Tripura
Rev. Fr. Lourdhusamy,
CSC, was born in Rangoon, Burma, to Lt. Yagammal and Lt. Savarimuthu on April
26, 1954, as the second of seven children. Josephine Mary is his elder sister -
Viyagula Mary, Victoria Mary, and Packya Mary are his younger sisters, and
KulandaiSesu and Amalraj are his younger brothers. We are happy to welcome Fr.
Lourthu's family members to his last rites as we sadly bid farewell to him. We pray the love of God enfolds the family
members of Fr. Lourthu during this challenging time and helps them heal their
pain over time.
His journey in Holy
Cross began with Lt. Fr. Philip Payant CSC. He brought him to Holy Cross
Seminary at Trichy, Tamil Nadu, where he completed his PUC and moved to
Bangalore to complete his bachelor's degree in History. After a successful year
of Novitiate, Fr. Lourthu made his first profession in the Congregation of Holy
Cross on May 30, 1977, at Yercaud in Tamil Nadu. He then went to Pune for his Philosophy and
Theology degrees and made his Final commitment to the family of Holy Cross on
July 29, 1983, at Pune in Maharashtra. Subsequently, he was ordained a priest
at Somarasampetai, Trichy, on May 5, 1984.
His missionary journey
in Holy Cross began with his first appointment as an associate pastor at
Kathalcherra in October 1984. In September 1988, he was installed as the parish
priest of the same parish and remained there until October 1991. In November
1991, he was elected as the assistant provincial and shouldered the leadership
of North East India's missions. After his term as the assistant provincial, in
1994, he went to the US for his updates. In June 1996, he returned to the
Northeast to shoulder the responsibility as the parish priest of Depacherra,
where he served seven long years. During this long tenure, he faced many
challenges at the Depacherra mission, including theft and other political
unrest including an attempt to ambush the vehicle in which he and other
co-missionary team members were travelling. Fr. Lourthu cherished this
beautiful mission at Depacherra with great care.
After serving as the
principal of Holy Cross School, Panisagar, he was appointed as the parish
priest of Kumarghat in April 2004 where he served the next three years. In July
2007 he was back to Kathalcherra s parish priest till he retired due to ill
health in 2012. From then on, he was a
resident priest at Andre Home, Agartala. till the good Lord called him to his
eternal reward on April 16, 2022.
Incidently this was ten days before his 68th birthday.
Fr. Lourthu was a great
missionary, and he opted to work in the missions of North East India all along
his life. He was a very affectionate and passionate pastor. He was an ardent, faithful
religious of Holy Cross. He possessed a generous heart, especially for the
children. He was a cheerful person with a positive attitude and an inspiration
to many generations of Holy Cross religious. His passing to eternal bliss
saddens us. But we celebrate his life here on earth, especially his missionary
zeal and love for the people he served. We will miss his physical presence but
console ourselves with the thought that the Congregation of Holy Cross,
Province of North East India, will now have a heavenly intercessor in the
person of Fr. Lourthusamy, CSC. May his soul rest in peace.