CSI Bishop dead

A.Christopher Asir

A.Christopher Asir  

The Bishop of Church of South India (CSI), A. Christopher Asir, died here in the early hours of Friday. The 64-year-old Bishop, whose term was to expire in December this year, breathed his last at a private hospital.

Early years

The fifth Bishop of Madurai-Ramnad Diocese was born in Pannaivilai in the present Tuticorin district on December 5, 1947. He pursued his education in Divinity from Hindustan Bible Institute, Chennai, and later at United Theological College, Bangalore.

Initially, he was assigned the role of a pastor at Kannivadi in the present Dindigul district and later ordained a Deacon in Vedasandur in 1976.

He became a priest in 1977. Between 1975 and 2004, Christopher Asir was involved in pastoral work in Dindigul, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram and Madurai districts.

He declared once that he enjoyed working in rural parishes.

He was consecrated as Bishop on September 23, 2004 and was also Deputy Moderator of the CSI Synod till January 14.

His son in-law and Principal of American College, M. D. Christober, recalls that Christopher Asir was the first CSI Bishop in the independence era to start a medical institution.

He was instrumental in starting the CSI Dental College and Hospital here. He also nursed an ambition to start a medical college.

The Bishop is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

CM condoles

Dr. Christober said that the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had sent a telegram condoling the death.

Those who visited the Bishop House to console the family members included the Moderator and Deputy Moderator of the Synod and the Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education (in charge), K. M. Ponnathal.

Funeral today

The body will be kept for public homage at the CSI Cathedral, Narimedu, on Saturday at 9 a.m. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. A prayer meeting will be held at the cathedral at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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