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''Mission Today'' Editor, Father Paul Vadakumpadam passes away

By Father C.M. Paul SDB
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Mumbai, Nov. 18. Shillong - Professor Father Paul Vadakumpadam who was made president of Sacred Heart Theological College at Mawlai Shillong in August 2019 died of brain tumour discovered five months ago.  Fr. Paul passed away at Sacred Heart Theological College at Mawlai, Shillong at 11.45 am on Monday 18 November 2019. He was 67 years old.
Father Vadakumpadam popularly known in North-East India as Fr. V.V. Paul was the editor of Mission Today journal published from the Sacred Heart Theological College Shillong.

Five years ago in 2014, Dr . Vadakumpadam had published over a period of 25 years (1989 to 2015) 12 books, 31 scholarly articles on missiology and theology and edited 50 issues of Mission Today Journal. Some of his books are used as textbooks in various Theological colleges across the country.

Mission Today is the direct descendent of Indian Missiological Review started by by the late institution builder of northeast India, Salesian Father (Dr.) Sebastian Karotemprel in 1979 as a missiological and ecumenical research journal.

Another institution builder in northeast India for over 50 years, Father M.C. George (popularly known as Father Raj) Father Paul's senior in school and college remembers him as ace basket baller who converts every ball given to him into a basket.

Santiagu Thomas of Hyderabad Salesian province recalls the week-long annual retreat for the Confreres of the Salesian Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad which Father V.V. Paul animated for 20 perpetually professed confreres.

Santiagu wrote in Bosco Information Service (January 2008), ''Through his dynamic talks he led the confreres to reflect on their life and mission. The primary effort of the preacher was 'to build the saint on the man'. Thus the emphasis was clearly on being and becoming more humane and attaining sanctity in this process. True to being a specialist in the field of missiology, Fr. Paul invariably had the mission slant in all his presentations.''

Father Paul's talks on missionary animation, motivation and styles of carrying out the entrusted mission clearly laid the stress on being men of God, prior to taking up activities.

''Guided meditations on Christian leadership by Fr. Paul enabled the participants to reflect on the three major temptations faced by the religious in today's world. He also indicated means and ways of overcoming this temptation and turning dangers into opportunities. Called to be signs and bearers of God's love to His people was the basic theme of the retreat.''

Besides being involved in the parish and pastoral ministry in the Nongthymmai Parish of Shillong, Fr. Paul was a much sought after teacher at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong and visiting professor else where.

In spite of his busy academic and pastoral duty schedule, Fr.Paul found time also to edit the Guwahati Province newsletter NEWSLINE.
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