Fr S J Berchmans

Fr. Berchmans is well known and is referred to as “Father” in the Christian circles. Fr. Berchmans was born in a Catholic village named “SOOSAIYAPPARPATTI” which is near Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram District, Tamilnadu. He comes from a family of farmers and grew up with five siblings – two elder sisters, two elder brothers and one younger brother. He has completed his middle school in Thiruvarangam a village nearby and high School in St.Mary's Higher Secondary School, Madurai.

Right from his childhood days, his sister who was a nun was influential in making him lead a holy and God fearing life. At a very early age, he desired to become a Catholic Priest and committed his life to it. Hence on completion of his schooling, he joined a Bible college in Trichy. On completion of his studies there, he was ordained as a Priest in the year 1970.

Fr S J Berchmans

Initially, he was appointed as an assistant Priest in a village called “SOORANAM” in Sivagangai District. He worked there for 6 months and was then transferred to “SRIVILLIPUTHUR” where he studied Carnatic Music, which laid the foundation for his desire to compose songs. Later he got several transfers to various places and villages where he worked as an Assistant Parish Priest and also as Parish Priest.

He was appointed as the Parish Priest in a village called “SAATHARASANPATTI” in 1980. He was 30 years of age at that time. He formed drama teams in the villages he worked with the primary motive to change the society by his dramas. At this young age, he was struck with severe disease and began to experience loneliness and emptiness in his heart. At that stage, he had an encounter with God. God spoke to his heart saying, “You are not on the right path. Did I call you for this?”, With deep regret he committed and submitted his life entirely into God’s hands. Even as the hand of God led him, he began to seek and long for God’s love and presence and spent a lot of time in prayer. Servants of God like late. Bro. Thuthi Shankar, Bro. Ezekiah Francis, Bro. Sam Jebadurai and Pr. Joseph Balachandran and other pastors helped him grow spiritually and have a closer walk with God. He then started praying with much desire and thirst for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Fr S J Berchmans

In the year 1983, he attended the “Power camp”, which was conducted by the late Dr. D.G.S. Dhinakaran. On the last day of that ten day camp, he received the anointing of the Holy Spirit and received the gift of speaking in tongues. This made a huge difference in his preaching and people began returning to his parish. Many miracles began to take place during the course of his preaching and prayer, many sick people were healed and this resulted in a tremendous change in his prayer life as well.

Even prior to being anointed, he used to compose several songs but they hardly reached the people. As the Holy Spirit began to work in his life, Fr. Berchmans received several new tunes and songs from the Holy Spirit Himself.

Fr S J Berchmans

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, he started Jebathottam Ministry in the year 1990 at Kalayarkovil, Periyanarikkottai village in Sivagangai DT. Ever since that several songs have been birthed from his intimacy with the Holy Spirit. By the pure Grace of God both audio and video releases of 34 volumes of Jebathotta Jeyageethangal and 4 volumes of Visuvaasa Geethangal have been done in various languages like Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Odiya, Malayalam and Sinhalese. Fr. Berchmans is also a well-known Evangelist and a good Worship Leader among the Tamil speaking people and several others around the world. All Glory be to God alone.

Please do continue to pray for Father’s vision to be fulfilled. We have dedicated a page called “PRAYER ARMY” for all those who want to pray for Fr. Berchmans. Do visit the page and enroll yourself as a prayer partner of Fr. Berchmans. May God Bless you.

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