Priest with the Missionary Society of St. Thomas (MST), a Syro-Malabar missionary order of priests based in India, ordained 27 December 1983. The order has priests in Canada in the following locations: Archdiocese Grouard –McLennan and the dioceses of Nelson BC, London Ontario and Regina Saskatchewan
Seems to have arrived in Canada around 2011 and served in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta.
January 2014 – charges with sexual assault of adult female. July 2014 – out of country at trial – guilty plea in absentia to charge of common assault. Seems he is now serving in India.
01 September 2014: Archbishop Petipas newsletter references guilty plea by Father Chempottickal and preliminary hearing of Father Azhakathu
09 March 2015: BLOG Smells fishy
06 March 2015: BLOG Sum of coverage
Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese from time of Father Chempottickal’s arrival: Gerard Petipas CSsR (January 2007 – )
Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD)
2015: not sure which of these two is accurate:
(1) Ashovihar New Delhi Father Chempottickai- ‘Eparchy of Faridabad’ priest list 2015
Father Chempottickai- ‘Eparchy of Faridabad’ 2015
(2) Thottumukkom, India (Father Chempottickal MST address book 2015) and Thottumukkom St.Thomas Forane Church (Father Chempottickal in India)
2014: Pastor, St. Henri Roman Catholic Church, Fort Vermillion, Alberta (CCCD) with missions at Saint Bernadette, Eleske, and Blessed Kateri and Saint Michael, N & S Tall Cree Community (CCCD)
02 July 2014: Guilty plea. Out of country for trial. According to Archbishop Petipas
Father Abraham Chempottickal’s trial was held in Chateh on July 2nd, but unfortunately, Father was not present. He had gone on a vacation and extended leave with the intention of returning for the trial. However, he fell sick as he was about to return. Because he could not plead innocence in absentia, he pled guilty to the offense of common assault. As a result, he suffered a fine and a criminal record. Father does not foresee returning to Canada
– The charge laid was one of sexual assault. When and why was it changed to common assault?
05 February 2014: courtdate
22 January 2014: charged with one count of sexual assault – released to appear in Assumption Provincial Court on Wednesday 05 February 2014.
2013, 2012: Pastor, Notre Dame de l’Assomption, Chateh(Assumption), Alberta (CCCD)
August 2013: RCMP investigation commenced after adult female reported she had been inappropriately touched by Father Abraham Chempotticka.
17 October – 10 November 2011: participant in orientation program for international group of priests who came to Canada as missionaries . The orientation was conducted at St. Joseph Seminary, Edmonton Alberta ( Father Chempottickal Enculturation of International Priests)
23 April 1990: started a mission in Eparchy of Mandya, India ( Father Chempottickai- ‘Eparchy of Mandya’ India April 1990)
27 December 1983: ORDAINED
22 November 1954: DOB
Chempottickal Syro Malabar Church website
Fort Vermillion man charged with Sexual Assault
Pincher Creek Voice
21 January 2014
Assumption RCMP officers have arrested and charged a 58-year-old male of Fort Vermillion, Abraham Chempottickal, with one count of sexual assault. An investigation was initiated in August 2013 as a result of a complaint reported by an adult female alleging that Abraham Chempottickal had inappropriately touched her.
Abraham Chempottickal has been released to appear in Assumption Provincial Court on Wednesday February 5, 2014.
If you have information about this, or any other crime(s), please call the Assumption RCMP at 780-321-3835, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Assumption (often referred to as Chateh) is located approximately 110 kilometres northwest of High Level, Alberta.