Official Website of CSI Parish Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Official Website of CSI Parish Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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Former Vicars

Up to 1900

1. Preacher Shri. John William 1855-1870 He served in our church during the initial phases of our parish. His services helped the believers stay steadfast in their new faith. In a time marked by superstitions and evil social practices, his services helped us strive against all oppositions. Our thankful hearts pay homage to the memories of the first soldier of Christ who served amongst us.  
2. Preacher Shri. Lukose 1870-1891 This humble warrior of faith who was born and brought up in Manaveli near Nellikakuzhi was a man of visions. He helped the people advance in the field of education and knowledge.  
3. Preacher Shri. Mosa Walsalam Shasthri 1891- It is a matter of pride for all of us that this multi-faceted personality served in our parish on his initial appointment after theological education from Nagercoil Seminary. He later became famous as a musician, singer, lyricist, poet and theologian. He was a multi-linguist who had deep knowledge in Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi. He used to handle many musical instruments with proficiency. His knowledge in classical Carnatic music impressed everybody, including the then Maharaja of Travancore. He also had knowledge in classical western music and Hindustani music, as is revealed from his compositions. His lyrics and hymns are being used in Sunday services by the CSI Church and the Marthoma Church all over Kerala. He was also an excellent painter. The most important works of Mosa Walsalam include Dhyana Malika, Geetha Manjari, Christu Charitham, Mosa Natakam, etc. Impressed by his knowledge and talents, the Bishop of the Marthoma Church bestowed him the title “Shasthri”. Soon, his fame spread far and wide. Sri Moolam Thirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore wished to hear him singing, and thus, he was summoned to the Travancore Court. The Maharaja of the country listened to his music for more than an hour, with interest and curiosity. It was the first occasion when hymns in praise of Christ were sung in classical style in the royal court of Travancore. Then onwards, he is known as “ the Singer of the Royal Court”.  
4. Preacher M. Isaac -1900 He was born and brought up as the son of Shri. Mathai and Smt. Maria of Nellikakuzhi parish. During his time, he encouraged migration of people to Nadukani and Kattakode area. This period witnessed un-precedented challenges and oppositions, which were tided over by the Church and its people under his guidance.