GCIC Condoles Death of First Dalit Archbishop Marampudi Joji, of Hyderabad


Hyderabad
Most Rev. Marampudi Joji, the Archbishop of Hyderabad, passed to Glory at 8.30pm on 27th August.He was a champion for the cause of Dalit Christians..As Chairperson, CBCI Commission for SC/ST/BC! he challenged the constitutional validity of paragraph 3 of the 1950 order. .

Abp Joji, was a staunch defended the Constitutional Rights of Christians enshrined in Art. 25 freedom to profess and practice any religion) of the Constitution of India.Arch Bishop always extented his whole hearted support for the cause of the persecuted for their faith in Christ and was of great strength and inspiration for the struggles carried out by GCIC
Most Rev. Marampudi Joji, also championed the cause of schemes for minorities with the State Authorities
The funeral service will be conducted in the Cathedral at Vijayawada on Monday August 30, 2010, at 03.00 p.m. His mortal remains will be laid to rest, as he wrote in his Last Will: at St. Josephs Cemetery, Gunadala, next to the tomb of my Late Bishop Joseph Thumma & I loved him and prepared my grave beside him.GCIC Prays For Eternal Peace and Joy With the Resurrected Christ in Heaven

Archbishop Marampudi Joji was born at Bhimavaram town (which falls at present in the ecclesiastical territory of Eluru) on October 7th, 1942 to late Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Manikyamma. He is the fourth son of 6-member family. He had his primary and high school education at his hometown. He had his Minor Seminary studies at Nuzvid. He did his studies in Philosophy and Theology at Hyderabad and Bangalore. Late Bishop Joseph Thumma of Vijayawada ordained him priest at Gunadala, (Vijayawada) on December 14th, 1971. He is one of the first local Telugu priests of the Diocese of Vijayawada.

He holds diplomas in Catechetics, Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from Loyola Institute of Communication and Arts. He obtained a diploma in Business Administration from the School of Public Administration. He holds another diploma in Accountancy from Bombay University. For sometime he worked as a part-time journalist at Indian Express Office, (daily English News Paper) Vijayawada.

In 1992, the Roman Pontiff appointed him Bishop of Khammam and he was consecrated Bishop at Gunadala (Vijayawada) by Archbishop George Zur, Apostolic Nuncio to India, on 19th March, 1992. Bishop Joji worked for four and a half years in the Diocese of Khammam, and build up the new Diocese.

On 18th December, 1996 Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Vijayawada. He took charge of the Diocese of Vijayawada on 19th January, 1997. He was the fourth Bishop of Vijayawada, succeeding Bishop Joseph Thumma. His appointment to the Diocese of Vijayawada has begun a new era in the history of the Diocese of Vijayawada. Right from the beginning, he has set new thrusts for the activity and apostolates of the Diocese. Faithful to the visions of the former Prelates, he has ably been leading the Diocese into the third millennium. On 17th March 2000 he was transferred from Vijayawada and appointed the Archbishop of Hyderabad.

Bishop Thumma Bala appointed Arch Bishop of Hyderabad.

BISHOP THUMMA BALA APPOINTED AS THE ARCHBISHOP OF HYDERABAD

On March 12, 2011, at about 5 p.m. it announced by the Hyderabad Archdiocesan office that Bishop Thumma Bala is appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the Archbishop of Hyderabad to succeed late Archbishop Marampudi Joji who had passed away in August 2010.

Bishop Thumma Bala was born on April 24, 1944 in the village of Narimetta, Warangal District to late Thumma Joji Reddy and Innassamma. After completing his theological studies in St John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Warangal on Dec. 21, 1970. He ministered as parish priest in the town of Khammam and as the Director of Catechists Training Center in Nuzvid. He did his higher studies in Rome obtaining Licentiate in Catechetics. He returned to his alma mater to serve as the Administrator and Professor of Catechetics till he was elected a Bishop of his native Diocese of Warangal.

Bishop Thumma Bala’s Episcopal ordination took place on March 12, 1987 at Fatima Cathedral, Kazipet. He was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Warangal, as the second Bishop succeeding Bishop Alphonsus Beretta, an Italian missionary. In 1988, he got the civil district of Khammam separated and formed into a new Diocese of Khammam. He worked hard to develope the Diocese of Warangal consisting of the civil districts of Warangal and Karimnagar pastorally, educationally and in social development by erecting many new parishes, educational and health institutions and social service societies. He was the member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care (Vatican) and the CBCI Commission for Health care (New Delhi). This is year the Diocese of Warangal is celebrating the Episcopal Silver Jubilee of Bishop Thumma Bala and the Golden Jubilee of Fatima Cathedral.

His Grace Most Rev.Thumma Bala is a member of the advisory council of the Andhra Pradesh State Christian Minorities Finance Corporation, Minorities Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, a high level advisory body to advise and address the needs and the problems of the Christian community to the Government.

The Andhra Pradesh State Christian Minorities Finance Corporation, Minorities Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh., congratulates the His Grace Most Rev.Thumma Bala on his elevation to the Arch Bishopric and wish him all success in the endeavors of emancipation of the needy communities.

T.M.Jayakar, Consultant,
The Andhra Pradesh State Christian Minorities Finance Corporation,
Minorities Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Life and Contribution of Archbishop Marampudi Joji

Dear Brethren,

Subject: Life and Contribution of Archbishop M. Joji

ARCHBISHOP M. JOJI – CHAMPION OF THE MARGINALIZED
The supporter of the poor, defender of the oppressed and the champion of the Marginalized, Archbishop Marampudi Joji, left them for good on having motivated them to carry on the struggle for justice. He passed way on August 27, 2010, bequeathing his powerful presence in their hearts to bestow strength for the same.
His Life

M. Joji was born on October 7, 1942 to late Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Manikyamma at Bhimavaram in coastal Andhra Pradesh. After completing his primary and high school education at his hometown, he did his Minor Seminary studies at Nuzvid. His priestly studies in Philosophy and Theology were at St John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad. Late Bishop Joseph Thumma of Vijayawada, whom Joji considered to be his “guru”, ordained him a priest on December 14, 1971. He was one of the first local Telugu priests of the Diocese of Vijayawada.

In 1992, Pope John Paul II appointed M. Joji, a loyal son of the Church, as the Bishop of Khammam Diocese. He was consecrated Bishop at Vijayawada by Archbishop George Zur, Apostolic Nuncio to India, on March 19, 1992. Bishop Joji toiled for four and a half years to build up this new Diocese. He designed a huge project for the development of the Tribal people of the area. On having been transferred to the Diocese of Vijayawada and he took charge as the Bishop of Vijayawada on January 19, 1997. He was the fourth Bishop of Vijayawada, succeeding Bishop Joseph Thumma. Faithful to the vision of the former Prelates, he ably led the Diocese into the third millennium with new thrusts and ventures.

Bishop Joji was raised to occupy the seat of the Archbishop of Hyderabad which he adorned on April 30, 2000. Thus, the Mission of Vijayawada that was given birth by the Hyderabad Mission was able to offer to the mother mission its own son, Priest and Bishop. For the PIME Missionaries, who had baptized and brought up Archbishop Joji, that moment was a great fulfillment of their dreams. Recently, Abp Joji celebrated the fruitful completion of 10 years of his episcopal ministry in the Archdiocese.

The Archbishop was called to eternal rest on August 27, 2010 at about 05.00 p.m. as per the doctors. His body was found lying on the floor of his bed room during his siesta The doctors who attended on him gave one last try to revive him but there was no response. The Archbishop's mortal remains were kept at St Mary's Church, Secunderabad, for the public to pay their last respect. On August 29, 2010 at 10.00 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated to bid farewell to the beloved shepherd of Archdiocese of Hyderabad. The funeral service will be conducted in the Cathedral at Vijayawada on August 30, 2010, at 03.00 p.m. His mortal remains will be laid to rest, as he wrote in his Last Will: "at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Gunadala, next to the tomb of my Late Bishop Joseph Thumma … I loved him and prepared my grave beside him” and other Bishops and Italian missionaries who raised him up in faith.

His Contribution

Apart from his priestly ministry and pastoral work as the Secretary, Procurator and Chancellor of the Diocese of Vijayawada, Abp M. Joji was a life time social worker. He began as the Director of Social Service Centre in Vijayawada, and remained a social activist till the last. Whenever natural disasters like cyclones and floods affected the State, he was in the forefront organizing the relief work and rehabilitation of the victims. It started off when he was the Coordinating Secretary of the relief work during the disastrous Cyclone and Tidal Wave of 1977 that hit the Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

As a responsible citizen of the Country he undertook many assignments in the government and semi-government sectors. He was a member of civil district administration of Krishna district, a member of Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation, a member of inspecting and evaluation committee of Juvenile Prisons of Andhra Pradesh, a member of the town planning panel of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, and a the member of the advisory committee of the National Planning Commission. A concerned member of the Civil Society, Abp M. Joji was the president of Lions Club, member of Rotary Club International, and the member of the Peace Committee in the Vijayawada City.

Abp M. Joji’s expertise was put to good use as the member of the Project Selection Committee of Caritas India, as the member of the Governing Body of the Indo-German Social Service Society (IGSSS) and as the member of Project Advisory Committee of the Action for Food Production (AFPRO). He was the first Chairman of the A.P. Social Service Forum, the development agency of the APBC in the State. He was also the Chairman of A.P. Jyotirmai Society, the agency of the APBC for pastoral and social activities. As the Chairman of the APBC Commission for Education, he insisted that education of the Marginalized is the most important ministry of the Church, next only to Evangelization.

As the Archbishop of Hyderabad, Abp Joji effectively played the role of the leader of the whole Christian Community in the State and represented its issues to the Government. He was the General Secretary to the Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ Council (APBC) and the Executive Vice-President of the Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC) which is a state level ecumenical body of the Church Heads of the Christian Denominations. As such, he maintained good relations with the Chief Ministers, Ministers and Officials. He lobbied with them giving a voice to the demands of the Christian Minority Community. Thus he became instrumental in the setting up of the A.P. State Christian (Minority) Finance Corporation (APSCMFC), first of its kind in the country.

As one of the first Dalits to become an Archbishop, he championed of the Dalit human rights and the long pending cause of the equal status to the Dalit Christians. In 2009, along with late Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, then Chief Minister, he led a delegation to the Central Ministers in New Delhi to demand constitutional rights and reservations for the Dalits. He was recently chosen as the National Chairman of the Commission for the SC ST BC of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) of which he was also a member of the Standing Committee.

Abp Joji possessed many diplomas including a diploma in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the Loyola Institute of Communications and Arts. One can boldly state that journalism and documentation was his life time hobby. He had worked as a part-time journalist at the office of the Indian Express in Vijayawada. Till the last day of his life, he kept writing and documenting the history of the Christian missions in the State. The fruit of his unrelenting pursuit, the first volume titled The Land Inherited, is in the press. He was working on the second volume of this comprehensive social and ecumenical history of Christianity in A.P. when he passed away.

“We are placed by God in important positions in the Church and Society for a special purpose and so it is our responsibility to express our solidarity to the poor and defend the Marginalized. We must work hard for them without worrying about our own health and respite.” – late Archbishop Marampudi Joji kept repeating this advice to those around him. This is his legacy and his life message lived by him till he breathed his last exerting himself tirelessly and waging relentless struggle for the Marginalized.

May the noble soul rest in peace....

T.M.Jayakar, Consultant,
AP State Christian Minorities Finance Corporation,
Minority Welfare Department,
Government of Andhra Pradesh,
Hyderabad.

deep sense of condolences

my deep sense of condolences to the Archdiocese of Hyderabad and i specially pray for the soul of the our Archbishop M.Joji may his soul rest in peace amen
god bless him

sainath...

Condolences

This is my deep sense of condolences to the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. May God console the sheep and priests and religious of Hyderabad Archdiocese.

Bishop M.Joji loved Christ and people and loved the duty that was entrusted to him. He was an able administrator and hard worker. Today Archbishop M.Joji is a model for may clergy and religious. May God grant him eternal rest.

Fr.V.Gasper

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