KOTTAYAM: Fr. Dr. T.J. Joshua, the great grand guru and the golden tongue of Malankara Church decides to retire from the Seminary. He had served the Seminary almost from the time of its revival at M.D. Seminary without an interruption to this day, namely for more than five and a half decades! Thousands of priests, deacons, and many metropolitans are blessed to have Fr. Joshua as their teacher and therefore, ‘hats off’ to our great professor!
“I won’t be there in the seminary as teacher next academic year and I have informed about this officially to the concerned authorities”, said Fr. Joshua to IOH in a special telephone interview.
“Retirement age at the Orthodox Theological Seminary is 65. However, with special directives I was continuing as a teacher even at the age of 81. Now, the new generation has to come up and assume responsibilities. The trend now in our Church is to continue on positions, if one is given, until one is removed. I wish to see a change to this tendency. This is the reason why I took the decision to retire. Orthodox Seminary is a sweet memory to me. I was blessed to work with four principals. Catholicos Baselius Mathews I and LL Metropolitan Dr. Philipose Theophilos were my teachers in the Seminary. Fr. Dr. K.M. George is my student. I had also served as the acting principal of the Seminary. Orthodox Seminary made me what I am now. I am thankful to the Seminary”, Fr. Joshua carried on. It was with George Thazhakkara that Fr. Joshua had been talking over phone.