Fr. Jacob Srampickal SJ passes away

Prof. (Fr) Jacob Srampickal SJ

NEW DELHI (CBCI News) – Fr. Jacob Srampickal SJ passed away, April 14 in Austria.

Fr Jacob (62) was professor at the department of Communication Studies and professor at Gregorian University Rome.

He had become critically ill and was hospitalized in Vienna ten days ago while on a visit to Austria.

Fr Srampickal had headed several media organizations and taught communications in India and abroad.

In February, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India appointed the Patna Jesuit priest director of its media training institute NISCORT (national institute for social communication, research and training). He was expected to take charge in June 2012.

The Jesuit was the inspiration behind the institute and was a co-founder along with Fr. John Noronha, former director of Caritas India. He was the first dean of the institute based at Vaishali, a satellite town of Delhi in Uttar Pradesh state.

He has served on the ecumenical jury at international film festivals and has served as one of the consultants to the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications.

He was president of the Indian unit of UNDA/OCIC, the earlier version of Signis, the Church’s international association for social communication, for six years until 1998. He also headed its Asian wing for eight years starting 1993.

Fr Srampickal holds a doctorate in Development Communication from the University of Leeds, England, and four major diplomas in communications from India.

He has authored some 15 books and four more books on various themes in communications were in the press at the time of his death.

He launched several projects such as the New Delhi Video Festival for NGOs, national seminars on Church and media, online media training for poor countries from Rome, a weekly half hour radio program for migrants from Radio Vatican in Italian, an international bi-annual seminar on theology and communications from Rome.

Jacob also taught in 18 theological seminaries of India as visiting professor on the theme of “why communications for priests and the Catholic Church?”

Jacob had a stroke in September 2011 while he was in India but recovered in what he claimed was a miracle. He went back toRome in four months.

The funeral of Fr Jacob was held at Chiesa Sant’Ignazio Roma (Church of St Ignatius, Rome) on 20 April, 2012. Pls check the link for a brief video tribute and the funeral:



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8 responses to “Fr. Jacob Srampickal SJ passes away

  1. Ambrose Pinto SJ

    What a great loss! Jacob was creative, critical and committed in whatever he did. The world of the media will miss him. Its a loss to the Indian church as well. He served Him through the media and He has now taken him to Himself. Enjoy your life eternal Jacob.

    • Africanus L. Diedong

      What a great loss! He has impacted a lot to me academically. Fr. Srampickal was my Ph.D Supervisor at the Gregorian University. A man of death faith and very committed to his priestly duties and academic work. A gifted prolific writer, who willingly shared his material and intellectual resources with his students. He inspired me a lot in my academic pursuits.I sorely miss him!
      May the Almighty God welcome you to His everlasting kingdom.

  2. Philip Denis

    Thanks for putting on the news. I knew him from my seminary days. May the Lord reward him Eternal Life. we were happy he was coming to India to Join Niscort.
    We will miss him very much for simple method of teaching and relating with students
    with prayers
    Dr. (Fr.) Philip Denis (Moral Theologian)
    Diocese of Varanasi

  3. Fr. Alphonce Toppo, Diocese of Sambalpur, Odisha

    It’s a big shock. He was my professor at NISCORT. He is a wonderful teacher and writer in the field of communication. I was very happy to hear that he was coming back to NISCORT. We will miss him. I was in regular contact with him. But touch due to his ill health. He was an inspiration for me. I will miss him.

  4. I met him for the first time in 2001 in Niscort centre New Delhi. We discussed much about the new trends in Media and the challenge that the Church has to take up in the Communication realm. He gave me good insights to develop my doctoral thesis on Communication. Later he had collaborated with our weekly Sathyadeepam. We regret his sudden demise.

    Fr. Kuriakose Mundadan
    Chief Editor of Sathyadeepam (Malayalam)

  5. A Holy Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr. Jacob Srampickal SJ was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, New Delhi on April 17. Twelve priests attened along with Fr Jacob’s well-wishers and faithful. It was organised by the CBCI OSC Secretary Fr George Plathottam SDB.

  6. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Respectful farewell to Fr. Jacob Srampickal. May the Giver of life reward him with eternal bliss. Wishing strength and courage to all his loved ones.

  7. Srampickal

    Fr. Jacob Srampickal was a voice of the voice less. He used to teach the important role of communication in the welfare of our fellow man. He was of the opinion that suppressing and oppressing the less fortunate is cannot be drastically changed without we change radically in our views and opinions that ends in actions rather than in our thought process.
    Srampickal Family

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