Catholic priest found dead on railway track in Kerala

The tribal priest was studying at Cana, the family apostolate institute of the archdiocese of Changanacherry

Fr Mukesh Tirkey (Facebook)

By Matters India Reporter

Changanacherry, November 3, 2018: A Catholic priest was found dead on November 3 near a railway track in Changanacherry, Kerala, southern India.

The priest has been identified as Father Mukesh Tirkey of the diocese of Ambikapur in the central Indians state of Chhattisgarh.

The police have recovered a suicide note from the 36-year-old priest’s room which read, “This is my own decision. Please respect my decision and pray for my soul.”

The Oraon tribal priest was last seen at the chapel of Cana, the family apostolate institute of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry, that he joined 18 months ago.

As he was not found late in the night the institute officials informed the police, who came and searched his room and found the suicide note, reports, a Kerala-based news portal.

The police found the priest’s body around 30 minutes after midnight on the railway track at Thuruthy, which is some 80 km southeast of Kochi, Kerala’s commercial capital.

The Cana officials reportedly informed the Ambikapur diocese at night. The diocese has sent the deceased priest’s brother, Father Neelam Tirkey, to Changanacherry, which is some 2,350 km southwest of Ambikapur.

The Cana officials have said that a decision on the funeral would be taken only after Father Neelam’s arrival. Meanwhile the body has been kept in a mortuary. The body could be buried in Changanacherry or taken to Ambikapur, depending on Father Neelam.

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4 thoughts on “Catholic priest found dead on railway track in Kerala

  1. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon Father Mukesh Tirkey. Strength and courage to all his loved ones.

  2. The Catholic priesthood is heading for a major crisis which the hierarchy is unable or unwilling to address, perhaps because bishops are preoccupied with building and inaugurating institutions

  3. More men than women commit suicide, because they feel that an expression of emotions is a sign of weakness associated with women. Convoluted logic, but really unfortunate

  4. Hopelessness is not a decision… It is a pathetic situation of the mind. Let us pity on the soul… Let us pray for his soul…let us support his last wish to not loose his soul. May the departed soul rest in peace.
    This worst event amplify the need to pray for priests in modern world. Special adoration in all the churches in Kerala is high time. Let us pray for the priests… Let bishops stop their slumber.

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