Called by Fr. Joe, he needs no introduction to Notre Dame Parish after serving the parish in summer ministry since 2010.
Fr. Joe’s Family
Fr. Joe comes from a big family: children and 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His late parents Joseph & Aelikutty had 5 boys and 4 girls. Fr. Joe is second in order. He joined the Carmelite order (CMI) after high school. Ordained in 1985, at the age of 30, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Philosophy and Theology. Fr. Joe also earned a Master’s Degree in pastoral Counseling from Dharmaram Pontifical Athenaeum, Bangalore.
After ordination, he held numerous positions in the congregation including Director of vocations, boarding rector, Director of prayer Centre.
In 1993, he opened Jyothidarsana Institute for Counseling & Mental health, in Kerala where he served as director and psychotherapist. Besides Counseling & psychotherapy. The center also trained school counselors.
In 1996, Fr. Joe was sent to USA for Pastoral work. Serving at St. Joseph’s church Kingston, NY as associate pastor, he joined Marist College, Poughkeepsie and took Master’s degree in Psychology. He also worked as Chaplain at Ellaville Correctional Facility.
In 2000, Fr. Joe moved to Long Island to work in the diocese of Rockville center. He worked as chaplain at St. Charles Hospital with a residence at St. Gerard Majella church, Port Jefferson. He pursued his studies in Psychology and in 2005, he took his PhD in Psychology from Southern California University and a P G Diploma in Family and Marital Therapy from St. John’s University Queens, NY. Fr. Joe was called back to India to start the counseling Centre in a new campus with more facilities.
Fr. Joe’s Dream Project
With the support of his friends from here and India, Fr. Joe’s Dream Project Jyothidarsana Counseling Centre new campus was opened on April 12, 2012. He worked as Director and Principal Therapist for 6 years.
Fr. Joe back to Notre Dame with a New Mission
Fr. Joe is back again to Notre Dame with a new mission to serve the Christian Community of New Hyde Park, with a good number of Indian and Asian people. During the past 4 years he organized the Joint feast of St. Thomas and St. Chavara Kuriakose, who is the founder of CMI Congregation which number more than 3000 members, of which 105 of them are doing pastoral work in the USA and Canada.
With the above personality strength, Fr. Joseph will be a blessing to Notre Dame Parish.
Asked about his priorities and plans for future, he said ‘with direction and guidance of the new pastor Scolaro, he will focus on the spiritual growth of the parish, available to the people for confession, counseling and other sacraments. He wants to make use of his counseling and psychotherapy skills family counseling, spiritual counseling and teenagers with emotional and academic problems. Moral and spiritual development of our Notre Dame School children will be another goal of Fr. Joe. Fr. Joe is asking the support of all parishioners to become an effective minster of the people of Notre Dame Church. We welcome Fr. Joe to our Notre Dame Family for a fruitful and happy ministry.