Father Jeyaseelan Sengolraj
My parents are Late Sengolraj and Arputhaseeli. I am from the family of nine having only five brothers and three sisters. All have got married and settled there and I am the youngest one in my family being consecrated to God. Our family profession is fishing in the deep sea. I used to go along with my dad for fishing in the mid night and come back around 7am and rush to school.
However, one day while returning from fishing I saw my mom waiting for me holding a letter in the seashore. I was so excited to read that letter. It was written there “Come and follow me, Jesus says, I will make you fishers of men.” (Mtt 4:19). Since then, I left everything and joined the seminary and was ordained as a priest in 2008 for the archdiocese of Delhi, northern part of India.
Though I belong to southern part of India and my mother tongue is Tamil, I went to northern part of India and learnt Hindi and other local dialects in order to preach the Gospel of Jesus. Now I can speak Tamil, Hindi, English and other local dialects as well.
Having worked in the northern part of India for 12 years I wanted to come to America to expose myself and to have a different dimension of pastoral ministry. I was an associate pastor in St. Francis & Clare, Greenwood and Martinsville, for a year and then in St. Louis Church- Batesville, St. Anthony Church- Morris and Immaculate conception Church- Millhousen as an associate and a Sacramental Minister for a year. Now I am really thrilled to be here and seeking your prayers and blessings. “We ascend high only when Jesus takes us there.” Amen.
God bless you all Fr. Jey