Rev. Jose Thomas Mudakodiyil was born on May 5, 1972 in
Kallara in the state of Kerala in India, the sixth and
last child that includes three elder brothers and two
elder sisters. He completed his lower and middle school
at SKVUP School and the high school at St. Thomas
school. He felt God’s call to priesthood and in
response to that call he joined the seminary of the
Salesian Religious Order at Mannuthy in Kerala in 1987.
After one year of intense learning of English language
he completed his 11th and 12th grades remaining at Don
Bosco seminary in Aluva. He entered the novitiate in
1990 and became a professed member of the Salesians Don
Bosco (SDB) Religious Order on May 24, 1991. After
completing his philosophy and English Literature
studies, he made his final Profession in the Salesian
Religious Order on May 24th 1998 and chose to belong to
the Lord entirely. At the end of the Theological
studies in Bangalore he was ordained a priest on 28th
January 2002 in his home parish in Kallara.
Soon after his
ordination Fr. Jose Thomas was appointed an
associate pastor at St. Theresa’s church in the
city of Hyderabad, where he also completed his
masters in Psychology from Madras University. After
two years at St. Theresa’s Parish he was
transferred to Don Bosco Minor seminary to train
the young aspirants to priesthood. Desiring to
serve God in full time pastoral ministry, he
applied to some dioceses in US and he was accepted
by Bishop Vasa to join the Diocese of Baker. He was
appointed pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in La Pine
right away on 24th June 2007.
Besides the parish work at Holy Redeemer church in
La Pine, he also took care of the pastoral needs of
parishioners in mission churches at Holy Trinity in
Sunriver, Our Lady of the Snows in Gilchrist and
Holy Family in Christmas Valley. He was transferred
to Blessed Sacrament in Ontario where he became the
pastor there on 17th August 2012.
interests are hiking, boating, fishing and
sightseeing. He loves basketball, volleyball,
skiing and swimming. He loves the company of
people, talking and dining with them sharing their
sorrow and joy.
Fr Jose says: "I used
to hear my mother talking at home about becoming a
priest from the time I was small. From the time I
could remember we used to receive at home calendars
and brochures about vocation from a few religious
orders. I also used to have correspondence with my
senior friends who were already in the seminary.
All these helped me to discover my vocation.
Reading the life of St. John Bosco helped me to
choose the path. I entered the seminary at the age
of 15 after completing my 10th grade. I
was ordained a priest at the age of 30 after years
of study and formation. It has been a joy to be a
priest. Life as a priest has given me great
satisfaction and fulfillment. My greatest joy is to
be with the people God has entrusted to me,
accompanying them in their journey of faith and
being with them in all the significant moments of
their lives. I worked as priest in India for five
years and came over to the US to minister in the
Diocese of Baker at the invitation of Bishop Robert
Vasa in 2007. I served with great joy the Holy
Redeemer Parish for five years and now I am happy
to be the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in
Ontario. My prayer and the prayers of others
continue to nurture my priestly vacation. I have
found my greatest satisfaction in priestly ministry
serving the Lord and His people. "Serve Him with
your whole heart and soul." (Joshua 22:5)
Prayer of Priestly Commitment
Lord Jesus Christ, on my ordination day, I accepted the
responsibility of the priesthood of the New Covenant out of
Love for you and your Holy Church. With your help, I now
willingly renew my commitment to priestly service.
Good Master, I am resolved to unite myself more closely to
you and try to become more like you by joyfully sacrificing
my pleasure and ambition to bring Your peace and love to my
brothers and sisters.
Eternal High Priest,
I am resolved to be faithful minister of Your mysteries, to
celebrate the Eucharist, the other sacraments, liturgy and
prayer with sincere reverence and devotion.
Gentle Good Shepherd, I am resolved to imitate You, the
head and Shepherd of the Church, by teaching the Catholic
faith without thinking of my profit, solely for well-being
of the people I was sent to serve.
Loving Redeemer, bless me with
the fullness of Your love, and keep me close to You always
and, in the end, bring me and all of Your priests and
people to eternal life.