Large number of Bishops, Priests and laity, gathered at St. Paul’s Church, Gwalior paid their last respects and bid farewell to the “Pastor of The Periperies”, Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt SAC (65), Bishop of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, who passed away on 14 December, 2018 (Friday) in a tragic car accident. He was returning to the Bishop’s House after an annual function in a school where the vehicle he was travelling skidded off and overturned. He was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and thereafter to St. Joseph Hospital, Gwalior where he was declared dead. The funeral service of our beloved Bishop was held on 18 December at 11.00 a.m. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, Gwalior and the funeral was held at Bishop’s House Cemetery at Gwalior after the funeral mass in the Presence of Bishops, Pallottine Confreres, Priests, Sisters and a large number of laity. May God grant him eternal rest.
St. Vincent Pallotti Church at Shuklia, Indore, was renovated and blessed by Rt. Rev. Chacko Thotttumarickal, the Bishop of Indore, and inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt, the Bishop of Gwalior in the presence of Pallottine Confreres and the parishioners of Shuklia Parish on 09 December 2018. The Church has been renovated under the able leadership of Rev. Fr. Saji Punchal, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Shinson Sebastian, the Asst. Parish Priest and the concerted efforts of all the parishioners. The images on the walls of the sanctuary depict beautifully images of Jesus, Mary, biblical images and saints. The entire art work in the renovated church has been done by Pallotti Kalagram, an art centre of the Prabhu Prakash Province under the charismatic leadership of Rev. Fr. Royichen Joseph, the Director and Rev. Fr. Dominic Pullen, the Bursar of the centre.