Family and youth have been central to the ministry of Indian priest Fr Roy Elavumkal SMM and he hopes this will continue as he serves in the Adelaide Archdiocese over the next four years.
Originally from Kerala state in the southern part of India, Fr Roy belongs to the Society of Montfort Missionaries and has undertaken extensive study in the areas of youth, family and marriage. He has a Master of Arts in sociology and diplomas in youth ministry and faith education, family counselling, and personality human relationship. He holds a licentiate in marriage and family from the Lateran University in Rome (Indian session).
Ordained in 2005, Fr Roy has served as a missionary with the Jesuits Mission in Anekal, as a parish priest in the Monfortian Savara tribal mission and for five years at the Malabar Mission. He was rector and superior at the Society’s minor seminary in Tamil Nadu and in the past two years was superior of the Society’s social work centre in Karnataka.
Arriving in Adelaide in mid-August, Fr Roy, 43, said he was looking forward to working with the youth in the Archdiocese and experiencing how Catholics celebrate their faith in Australia.
“The difference is that in India most of the schools and hospitals are run by Churches and religion is central; there is not that separation. It is different in Australia and I’m looking forward to seeing that,” he said.
This is his first time in Australia and he is hoping to visit many new places during his stay, while continuing his hobby as an avid collector of stamps and coins. Also a keen cricket fan, Fr Roy hopes the coming summer may see him taking in a game or two at the Adelaide OvalJump to next article