Prairie Catholic's Pastor, Oct. 2008 - June 2009
Father Jerome Naduvathaniyil, OSB
Father Jerome

Father Jerome Naduvathaniyil, OSB, is a monk of the Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery, in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, India. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 23, 2005, by His Beatitude Cardinal Varkey Vithyathil..

Fr. Jerome is also known as Shaju, was born on 20th February 1976, at Pervoor, Kerala. He finished the primary school at Dr. Palppu Memorial School, Kanichar, and High School graduation at St. Joseph's Peravoor. After entering the monastery at the age of fifteen, after the monastic formation Father Jerome attended Madras University and Mysore University for degree studies. Then he completed three years of studies in philosophy at Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery, and four years of studies in theology at Saint Thomas Benedictine Abbey in Kottayam. He had further studies at Mysore University and received a diploma in journalism and a diploma in human resources management. He speaks five Indian languages and has the working knowledge of Latin, Hebrew and Greek.

Prior to his arrival in US, he served his Monastery in varies capacities including the Financial Administrator and development officer of Asirvanam Benedictine Society, as assistant principal at Saint Benedict's High School, assistant parish priest at St. Benedict parish, as Secretary to the Benedictine Inter-religious Dialogue (BID) for India and Sri Lanka. During the diaconate ministry he served Holy Cross parish and Saint Dominic Cathedral in the diocese of Kanjirappally, Kerala.

Being a Benedictine he reckons that his primary pastoral concern is to bring his people closer to God through the meaningful celebration of the liturgy. Father Jerome is very eager to render his pastoral service in the Diocese of La Crosse and he embarks upon this new journey of his priestly life and ministry with rich and variety of experiences and lot of optimism.

Note: This was Father Jerome's Profile we had on the site while he was our Pastor. There is more info on his arrival and departure in our history files.