Azhakathu : Father Abraham Azhakathu mst

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Father Abraham Azhakathu mst

Father Abraham Joseph Azakathu mst

Ordained 31 December 1982

Priest in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Syrian Rite which is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.  (Father Azhakathu – Syro-Malabar Church)

Priest with the Missionary Society of St. Thomas, a Syro-Malabar missionary order of priests based in India.  The order has priests in Canada in the following locations:  Archdiocese Grouard –McLennan and the dioceses of Nelson BC, London Ontario and Regina Saskatchewan. At the time charges were laid Father Azhakathu was serving in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta.  According to media reports has been on loan to St. James the Major Parish in Manning Alberta since 2009 ( Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan.)

08 March 2014:  charged with sexual assault and sexual interference- the charges, reported by a minor,  date to 2013

“RCMP are continuing to investigate the potential of other victims. Anyone with information concerning this case are asked to contact the Manning RCMP at 780-836-3769 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.” (Record Gazette)

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Archbishop of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta:  Archbishop Gerard Pettipas CSsR (30 November 2006 -  )

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02 April 2014:  Date set for prelim for Manning Priest

17 March 2014:  New court date set for accused priest

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Next court appearance21  August 2014 :  09:30 am, preliminary inquiry,  Peace River Provincial Court, Peace River, Alberta; 31 March 2014:  “to submit a plea, ” Peace River Provincial Court, Peace River Alberta,   17 March  2014:  Peace River Provincial Court, Peace River Alberta

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09 March 2014Father Azhakathu on Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle website

Chaplain for students at Holy Rosary School. Manning, Alberta ( Father Abraham Azhakathu on Holy Rosary Catholic School website 09 March 2014)

Father Ahakathu Abraham Dean for the Peace River District of the Archdiocese - also member of Council of Priests and College of Consultors

08 March 2014:  Arrested – charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

2013:  Pastor, St. James the Major, Manning, Alberta and St. Peter Canisius, Hawk Hills, Alberta (CCCD)

September 2013:  Pastor St. James Major Roman Catholic Church, Manning, Alberta (Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle Directory)

Late 2013 or early 2014Fr Abraham Azhakathu on Netlog – lists his location as Austria

2012, 2011:  Pastor, St. James the Major, Manning, Alberta and St. Peter Canisius, Hawk Hills, Alberta (CCCD)

Sunday School – age 3 to Grade 2 every Sunday (Father Azhakathu and Sunday School ) (found in the Manning Resource Directory)

2010:  index gives address as Saint Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, McLennan, Alberta (at Cathedral Archbishop Pettipas CSsR and Father Joseph Jacobson) shown as incardinated in the Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan, Alberta (CCCD)

2009:  According to media reports has been on loan to St. James the Major Parish in Manning Alberta since 2009 ( Archdiocese of Grouard –McLennan.) (M)

31 December 1982:  ORDAINED

01 September 1954:  DOB

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An Alberta priest faces sexual assault charges

Calgary, AB, Canada / (CFGQ FM) 107 Calgary

A Catholic priest has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

59-year old Abraham Azhakathu was arrested Friday March 8th however was released Saturday afternoon. The charges stem from a minor reporting the assaults that occured in 2013 in the Manning, Alberta area. No information pertaining to the minor will be released.

Azhakathu has been released on strict conditions to not be alone with anyone under the age of 16 and will reside outside of Manning and within the Province of Alberta.  It is unknown if there are other victims and the RCMP’s investigation is ongoing.  His first court appearance is Monday March 17 at Peace River Provincial Court.

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Alberta man charged with sexual assault

Manning RCMP say Abraham Azhakathu was a practicing Catholic priest when the alleged incidents occurred in 2013. It is not known where Azhakathu was praticing at the time.

The charges come after a minor, whose age and identity will not be released, reported the assaults to the RCMP.

Officers say it is not known if there are any other victims; the investigation is ongoing. However, they are encouraging any other possible victims to contact Manning RCMP at 780-836-3769 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Azhakathu was arrested on Friday. He was released on Saturday, under strict conditions not to be alone with anyone under the age of 16.

He is scheduled to appear in Peace River Provincial Court on Monday, March 17.

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Catholic priest in northern Alberta charged with sex assault of minor

Azhakathu will appear in court March 17

CBC News

Posted: Mar 09, 2014 3:36 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 09, 2014 5:16 PM MT

A Catholic priest in Manning, Alta. has been charged with sexual assault of a minor.

The 59-year-old man has also been charged with sexual interference.

Abraham Azhakathu was arrested Friday after a minor reported the alleged incident in 2013 to the local RCMP.

Manning Catholic Priest

Abraham Azhakathu is expected to appear in court next on March 17. (Facebook)

Following a hearing held via telephone, Azhakathu was released with conditions late Saturday afternoon.

Azhakathu is not allowed to be alone with anyone under the age of 16. He is not allowed to reside within Manning but must stay within Alberta.

RCMP continue to investigate, and say there may still be more victims.

“We certainly encourage anyone with any information to contact our detachment,” said Cpl. Carol McKinley. “That being whether they have information in particular about this incident or incidents that may be related to this gentleman being charged.”

Police are not releasing any further details about the alleged incident or the minor’s name, age or sex.

Azhakathu will next appear in court March 17.

Manning is about 70 kilometres northwest of Peace River.

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Mounties in Alberta charge Catholic priest in sex assault of minor

CTV

The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, March 9, 2014 5:58PM EDT

MANNING, Alta. — A Catholic priest in northwestern Alberta has been charged in the sexual assault of a minor.

RCMP say Abraham Azhakathu, 59, of Manning, Alberta, was arrested Friday and faces charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.

Police say the alleged assaults occurred in 2013 and were reported by the minor to RCMP in Manning.

They say Azhakathu was a priest practising in the Manning area during that time.

Police are not releasing the alleged victim’s age or sex in order to protect the person’s identity.

Azhakathu has been released on strict conditions not to be alone with anyone under the age of 16.

He is set to appear in Peace River Provincial Court a week from Monday.

Police say they are still investigating.

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Alberta man charged with sexual assault

EDMONTON – A 59-year-old man from Manning, Alberta has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference in relation to alleged assaults involving a minor.

Manning RCMP say Abraham Azhakathu was a practicing Catholic priest when the alleged incidents occurred in 2013.

“He was practicing in Manning during 2013,” said Corporal Carol McKinley with the RCMP western Alberta district office.

The charges come after a minor, whose age and identity will not be released, reported the assaults to the RCMP.

Officers say it is not known if there are any other victims; the investigation is ongoing. However, they are encouraging any other possible victims to contact Manning RCMP at 780-836-3769 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Azhakathu was arrested on Friday. He was released on Saturday, under strict conditions not to be alone with anyone under the age of 16.

“He will be residing outside of Manning, yet within the province of Alberta,” McKinley added.

He is scheduled to appear in Peace River Provincial Court on Monday, March 17.

One Response to Azhakathu : Father Abraham Azhakathu mst

  1. Sylvia says:

    A preliminary inquiry has been set for Father Abraham Azhakathu mst:

    21 August 2014: o9:30 am, Peace River Courthouse, Peace River Alberta

    This should be open to the public. There is already publication ban on the name of the complainant, – at the inquiry there will be a publication ban on all evidence and testimony. With the publication ban those who attend (media included) can not report any of the evidence or testimony.

    I was unable to find out how many days the courtroom has been booked for the inquiry . As the date draws closer I shall try to find out. Meanwhile, if anyone knows please pass on the word.

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