Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kuzhupil MSFS (Senior) was born of Mr. Ittycheria and Mrs. Aelikutty Kuzhupil on March 25, 1951 at Athirampuzha, in the Archdiocese of Changanassery, Kottayam Dt., Kerala, India. He was baptized on March 29, 1951 at St. Mary’s Church, Athirampuzha. He had seven siblings and two of them are religious sisters. One of his sisters, Sr. Vincent, a member of the Society of Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern, is working in Tanzania.
Fr. Sebastian had his primary and secondary school education at St. Aloysisus High School, Athirampuzha from 1956 – 1968. He joined SFS Seminary, Ettumanoor, Kerala, in 1968. He did his Philosophical studies at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur from 1971 to 1974. Thereafter, he did his Regency at Vinayakumar Estate, Nilambur, Kerala, from 1974 to 1975. At the completion of the canonical year of Novitiate, he made his first profession on June 10, 1976. He did his Theological studies from 1976 to 1979 at JDV, Pune.
He made his final commitment in religious life on June 10, 1979 and was ordained a deacon on the following day. He was ordained a priest on June 19, 1979 at St. Mary’s Church, Athirampuzha, by Rt. Rev. Cornelius Elanjickal, the then Bishop of Vijayapuram.
After almost a decade of missionary work in Nagaland and in Kerala, India, he came to Tanzania on December 31, 1987 as one of the pioneers. He learned the culture and language of Tanzania and engaged himself fully as a missionary in the various missions of Tanzania and dedicated himself for the healing ministry through alternative medicine and holistic healing.
On April 30, 2022, he was taken to St. Joseph Hospital Dumila, as he was not keeping well. He had a stroke as he reached there and the right side of his entire body was paralysed. But, since the proper medication was administered immediately he recovered. However, at night he fell down in the wash room and collapsed. His right side was again paralysed and his saturation level was low.
He was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital at Dar es Salaam on May 01. The MRI report suggested that he was having a brain tumour which was malignant. Further scanning revealed that one of his lungs also had collapsed. After a week, he was put on the ventilator as his saturation level was very unsteady. Doctors suggested that they conduct a tracheostomy so that he could breathe easily.
Though his situation level improved slightly they told that they cannot do anything more. We took him to Muhimbili Hospital where he remained until June 23rd. His situation improved and he was breathing without the help of the ventilator for a week. Doctors told us that we can take him to another hospital where palliative care can be given. So we moved him to the Immaculate Heart Hospital at Dar es Salaam. On Sunday, 26th June, all of a sudden his situation deteriorated and he passed away at 17.45 (East Africa Time).
May his soul rest in peace!