In the demise of Joseph Pulikunnel, trustee of Good Samaritan Project India and Catholic Literature Reformation Society last year 28th December, Friday Swami Agnivesh, social activist and scholar, is enduring a commemorative oration today at 4 pm Hosanna Mount, Edamattom, Pala. Swami Agnivesh will address the public about the topic “In search of secular spirituality in India”.
Dr Geevargheese Mor Coorilos Metropolitan will inaugurate the function. Kalahavum Viswasavum, an anthology of articles written by Joseph Pulikunel, edited by Boby Thomas will be released during the occasion. Moreover, Cancer Palliative Care, first in Kerala, initiated by Joseph Pulikunel will be relaunched in Hossana Mount.Dr.Joseph Scaria, Reni Bijoy (Panchayat President, Meenachil), George Moolechalil (Editor, Sathyajwaala), Jessy Jose (Panchayat member, Meenachil ), Jijo Chandy will also take part in the occasion.
Joseph Pulikunnel, an economics professor, had always been an advocate of the layman in Catholic Church Reformation. He displayed the wit of a strong personality with his opinion difference with the Catholic management at St Joseph’s College, Devagiri leading to his resignation and further initiating Good Samaritan Project India with the support of HJ Hegger of Word and Deed, Netherlands. Hossana magazine advocating the need of Catholic church reformation was started on 1975. He founded Catholic Literature Reformation Society in 1976. The society became the cornerstone of Christian philosophy and practise in Kerala with the first Malayalam translation of Bible and its dissemination of millions of copies. Catholic ecclesiastical studies laid a firm foundation with the Indian Institute of Christian Studies Centre at Hossana Mount under his direction. The campus has now become the space for intellectual discussions, public gathering, seminars, symposium and overnight conferences.
Joseph Pulikunnel being commemorated by Swami Agnivesh points out the notion of secular spirituality. Swami Agnivesh has worked in the social arenas of religious tolerance and reconciliation, child and bonded labour, the inclusion of untouchables in Indian religious society, women’s rights. Dating back to 1968, he was a full-time worker of Arya Samaj, Hindu reformist movement. After two years he followed his path to spirituality becoming a saint, abandoning worldly possessions and materialism.