I, Fr. P.J.Joseph S.J. (J.J.Pallath) was dismissed from the
Society of Jesus through a decree dated 28th April 2000 of Fr.
Provincial John Manipadam of Kerala Jesuit Province with the
concurrence of Superior General Rev. Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.
Born and bought up in a traditional rural Catholic family, I
joined the Society of Jesus at the age of twenty in 1967.
Completing my regular Novitiate I was called to make my First
Vows (perpetual) in 1969.
My further formation consisted of Juniorate (1969) Philosophy
(1975-76) and Theology (1978-81). I was ordained a priest in the
Society of Jesus in 1981.
After six months of Pastoral training I was appointed as a
teacher (with Government paid salary and job security) at St.
Joseph's High School Calicut. After a year of teaching I resigned
my post with the due permission of the Provincial in order to
commit myself without reserve to Social Apostolate and thus fully
engage myself in the promotion of justice to which the Society
had solemnly committed itself through the 32nd General
Congregation (G.C.) of 1975
Fr. Provincial then appointed me as Regional Chaplain of All
India Catholic University Federation, which I was during 1983-85.
During this time I completed postgraduate studies in
Anthropology. During the year 1985-88 I completed my Research in
Anthropology and secured doctorate from the University of Poona.
In 1989 I was appointed associate director of Socio-Religious
Centre, Calicut, with specific responsibility of the Project
Beach Blossoms, a project meant to promote unionization and
cooperation among the traditionally exploited and poorest section
of Fisher Folk (almost entirely Muslims).
After four years in 1992, I was asked to go to Pariyaram to
continue my field research and to write the cultural history of
the Converted Catholics of the Chirackal Mission started in 1930s
among the Pulayans, one of the most oppressed and backward
As part of my work in this line and with the fullest approval
and support of my superiors (local and provincial) I founded
Samskriti and registered it as a Society to promote Folk Art, and
Traditional Technology. This work involving directly and
indirectly hundreds of men and women both Christian and others
cooperation with Governmental and non-governmental agencies, grew
into a well-known and widely admired NGO (Non-Governmental
During these years (1992-99) I was all the time actively
engaged in the Social Action Ministry of the Province, considered
to be the most characteristic apostolate of the post G.C.32
Society of Jesus. During the years (1993-1998) I was the Province
Coordinator of the Jesuit s in Social Action (JESA) and during
(1995-98) the Zonal Coordinator for the S. Indian Jesuit
Provinces. As the Province and Zonal coordinator I was Province
delegate at the International Congress of Jesuit Activists in
Naples in 1997.
The special tasks my superiors entrusted to me along with the
main work, included the following:
- An evaluation Study of the Province's Mizoram Mission in
- Feasibility study for starting a Social Work Centre at
Wayanad for the tribals and rural poor.
- Feasibility Study for the Province to start something to
promote the memory and literacy heritage of the great
18th century Jesuit Missionary and pioneer Christian Poet
and Scholar Father Earnest Hanxleden (Arnos Padiri). The
result of this study was the foundation of the Arnos
Padiri Academy in 1995.
- As a member of commission I was instrumental in the
feasibility study for (a) Establishing a School at
Pariyaram (b) Shifting Novitiate from Christ Hall (c)
Continuing Jesuit Ministry in Catholic Mission Mattul.
- I was a member of the Formation Commission from 1995-97.
- I was an elected member of the three Province
- In 1993 I was chiefly instrumental in settling amicably a
decade long property dispute involving the S.M.Farm
Jesuit Community on the one side Marxist Hindus on the
- As director of Arnos Padiri Academy I organized and
successfully conducted a National Seminar on Arnos Padiri
in 1994. I published a book on Arnos Padiri.
- As director of Samskriti I published half a dozen books
one of which won the Dalit Sahitiya Academy Fellowship.
- In 1999 August I was the organizer on behalf of the
Province the International Seminar of Jesuit Ecumenists.
- I was awarded the Union of German Malayalee Association
(UGMA 2000) Award in 2000.
As above mentioned on the 28th of April 2000, at the age of 53
of which 33 years were entirely dedicated to the Society of Jesus
in the manner described above; 31 years after my First (Perpetual
Vows) in the Society of Jesus and 19 years after my ordination as
a Jesuit priest, I was dismissed from the Society of Jesus for
the reasons that you are not and you will not be able to be
definitively incorporated into the Society of Jesus..."
It is clear from the bio-data that I have taken the G.C.32, d
4 of Jesuits seriously. and resigned my secure and well paid
teaching post, of course, with the due permission of the
Provincial and took upon the justice ministry. Fr.Paul
Valiakandathil, Fr.P.T.Mathew and myself are the three persons
who resigned from the education institutions to take up justice
ministry. The other two may have been 'balanced' and compromised
to became friends of the institution men and got their due reward
and I did not compromise and continued as 'imbalanced' thereby
becoming the most hated person of the institution men in the
Posted on 2001-05-01