It’s my joy and pleasure to introduce myself in this bulletin as I begin my priestly ministry in Sandusky. My name is Fr. John Christopher Jesudhason (Fr. Chris) and I am happy to begin as your new associate pastor.
God surprised me and it is His plan that I am to be in Sandusky, “Tree City”. This is the biggest parish I have served as an associate pastor. I am honored and blessed to be here in the Catholic Parishes of Sandusky.
I came to the American soil on the 17th of May 2017. My first assignment was in the parish of St. John the Baptist, Point Place. Second, I was appointed as an associate pastor at St. Charles, in Lima. From there I moved to my third assignment at St. Joseph Parish, in Maumee. I was only there the last eight months. Fr. Monte Hoyles is my fourth Pastor within the last two years. I have enjoyed each of them and learned quite a bit.
I was ordained a religious priest, belonging to the Religious Order called Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines). My founder is St. Vincent Pallotti from Italy. The Charism of our founder is to revive faith and enkindle charity. We are also involved in motivating and moving the lay faithful. We work according to the signs of the time and by our mission we are missionaries. From our Order, there are six of us working in the Diocese of Toledo.
I have come a long way from the land of India, where it takes more than 24 hours to journey by flight to America. I was born on June 3, 1972, and grew up in a small village in the extreme southern part of India called Thanivilai. My parents’ names are Jesudhason and Rosammal. I am the oldest of three children. I lost my sister, Celin Mary, in 1989 when she was 16 years old due to ill health. The youngest, my only brother, Justinraj, married 8 years ago. He and his wife Sobha, have two children (Aaroan, and Faustin). My mother had a stroke and was ill for a number of years and died in Now it’s just my brother’s family, my dad, and I.
After completing my graduate studies I joined the Pallottine Seminary and became a priest on May 6th, 2001. I served a few years in India, then I went to South Africa in the Archdiocese of Cape Town, and from there, at the request of my superior, I arrived in Toledo. As we go along I will tell you more about Indian culture, food and way of life. At this juncture I am grateful to God for all the blessings that he has given me. I’m here only because of my congregation. I also thank Bishop Daniel Thomas who invited me here to work in different parishes, within a short time. I am blessed. I am looking forward to getting to know the Holy Angels, St. Mary’s and Sts. Peter & Paul communities. I am grateful to Frs. Monte Hoyles, Jeff Walker and all of you who have already welcomed me to Sandusky.
May God bless each one of us. Please do remember me in your prayers. Jesus I trust in you.
Yours in His service,
Fr. Chris Jesudhason