“Enna Thambi”- the impromptu greeting of Fr. Abraham Enthemkuzhy will no longer be ringing in our ears. Abe, as he was lovingly called by all, was promoted to eternal glory on the morning of 14th July 2021. In his demise, the Province lost a committed Jesuit and their “Annan,” their elder brother.
Born on 6th November 1950, in Kerala, Abe joined the Society of Jesus in 1968. He was ordained a priest in 1982. Fr. Abe proved himself to be a very competent and able leader during his formation period. Thus, he was entrusted with the most important Institutions of higher education; XRLI from 1983 – 1987; 2008 – 2019 as Assistant Hostel Prefect, Coordinator HRD, Director, House Superior; XIMB from 1987 – 1989 as Dean and Superior; 1995 – 2007 Coordinator of Orissa Mission, Professor, Director, House Treasurer, Minister and Superior. He was Director of XLRI for 17 long years and Director of XIMB for 7 years. Under his able leadership, both the institutions have grown to its heights.
For many, it was the loss of the “father figure”. He was a true man of God; a warm, kindhearted, jovial, and understanding human being – the traits that remained constant throughout his life. A close associate of Abe remarked, “You could take any problem to him and within a few minutes you would forget everything, even if the problem was not solved. That was his power- few kind words and loads of laughter.”
Abe, you can never be forgotten. We will miss your stories. Our loss, Heaven’s gain. I am sure you have already taken up charge up there. You have earned your respect.
Rest in peace.
Tony John, SJ