A Friend of Sick and suffering

The Founder was a highly qualified person with a divine vision, the vision of the great prophet Isaiah. "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord". (Lk. 4:18)

Msgr. Joseph C. Panjikaran was born on 10 September 1888 in the village of Uzhuva near Cherthala town, Kerala, India as the second child of late Mr. Chacko Panjikaran and Mariam Kanichattu. Joseph was called by his pet name Outhachan. Young Joseph, being a born leader, completed his matriculation in 1906.

He got graduated in History from St. Joseph College run by Jesuits at Thiruchinappilly. History was his favorite subject and came out victorious in 1913 to be acclaimed as the first Postgraduate among St. Thomas Christians in Kerala.