Rev. Father J. Maria Amalraj, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Madras, Mylapore passed away yesterday. He was 71. He completed 42 years of priesthood. He was born to L. Joseph and Pushparathinam Ammal and belonged to Our Lady of Guidance Church parish also known as Lazarus Church. He was ordained as a priest in the year 1978 in the same parish.
He served in various parishes viz K. G. Kandigai, Chengalpet, Mambakkam, Ambattur, Besant Nagar, Kilpauk, Thanikkachalam Nagar and Mathur. He also served as Rector of the Junior Seminary.He was appointed as Vicar General of the Archdiocese at Madras, Mylapore in 2019. He has the credit of renovating many churches and community halls and was known to be a very humble and simple priest who was engaged in a lot of charitable activities and service to the poor and needy. The body was kept yesterday at Pastoral Centre for public homage from 11.30 to 6 30. The funeral will be held today at Santhome Cathedral. May his soul rest in peace.