Lawrence Puliyanath was born on 8th August 1898, to the couple
of Maria and Peter, of the Puliyanath family, in Mundamveli.
He had his primary education at St.Louis School, Mundamveli in
western Cochin, and, his High School education was at
St.Josephs High school, Thriuchirappily, TamilNadu.
His Seminary life commenced from Alappuzha Seminary
and continued, at the Kandy Papal Seminary in Cylon (Sri
Lanka) from where he attained doctorate in both Philosophy,
and, Theology. He was ordained priest on 3rd October 1926.
There upon, he began his apostolic Mission for the poor. His
ardent love for mankind was touched by all the people, the
rich, the poor, and, the nonbeliever.
Pious the XIIth conferred on him Domestic Prelete
on 7th March 1951. Thirty three years of his service was
divided, as a professor of Philosophy in Alappuzha Seminary,
as a Co-Vicar and later Forane Vicar in the parish of St.
Lawrence Church, South Edakochi. Thus he served the society at
Steps were taken in Rome, to promote him, as
the first local Bishop in the Diocese of Cochin. But he
reclined such a high title and remained humble and simple. By
this deed he showed mankind that he was deeply human and yet
deeply attached to God. His strong and great belief in God
was, a source of inspiration and that made him to take the
right decisions at the difficult time too. Bishops, priests,
the down-trodden, and the ordinary too, came to him, seeking
advice and help.
was sick, and suffered great pain without minimum hesitation
and offered it to God, for the poor. This great saintly soul
left for his heavenly abode to his Great love,
Jesus, on 20th of February 1961. To the tomb, where his mortal
remains in Edakochi, St. Lawrence, thousands of people from
all spheres of life reach, to pay homage and receive
blessings, which are beyond human attainments.
Edakochi St. Lawrence parish has been transformed into a Pilgrim
Center. As homage to this living example, thousands of
candles are being burned, near his tomb, every hour of the day
and night, and, we do receive innumerable requests and
thanks-giving daily in His name.
Each and every
soul, who reaches his tomb, prays to God the Almighty that,
Monsignor Lawrence Puliyanath, would be proclaimed and
glorified as Saint, by the Church, at the
earliest. Let us all hope that we will be fortunate enough to
have this grace from God Almighty.