Master Builder Br. Isaac dies at 86

Br. Issac Puthumana SDB

Br. Issac Puthumana SDB

NEW DELHI, (C.M. Paul) – Salesian Brother Isaac Puthumana of Don Bosco Alaknanda died, Wednesday 13th March at 5.15 am in Holy Family Hospital New Delhi. He was 86 years old. His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon, 15 March.

Br Isaac was commonly remembered as a master builder because of some 30 buildings he put up in the Salesian provinces of Kolkata and New Delhi. Many of them he personally supervised, others he planned and directed by frequent visits and guidance as province Administrator.

“No one can gauge the enormous finance he has thus saved for the Congregation,” says former Salesian provincial of both Kolkata and New Delhi Fr Joseph Kizhekkekara.

Fr Kizhkekkara recalls, “huge sums of money have passed through his hands, but he always maintained a simple and austere way of life.”

Apart from being a builder, Br. Isaac has also been a great administrator. He served 15 years as Province Administrator, 9 years in Kolkata and 6 in Delhi and has also been administrator of several communities in the Provinces of Guwahati, Calcutta and Delhi.

But, those who know Br. Isaac closely marvel more at the “Wonderful Salesian” he has built up within.

He would demand quality work from his workers, but he always remained close to them as a caring person, even going to the point of building homes for the poorest among them.

Busy as he was throughout the day with the worries of administration and building works, he would take time off to be before the Eucharistic Lord in the quiet of the evening.

Br. Isaac was born in a family of 8 siblings, 4 of them became religious offering their lives and services to God. He left home at the age of 22 to join the Salesian novitiate in Shillong and professed on May 8th, 1952.


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8 responses to “Master Builder Br. Isaac dies at 86

  1. stefann dhar kahit

    May his soul rest in peace. I knew Bro. Isaac many years ago in Bandel. He had a very endearing smile. R.I.P.

    • Anosh

      May his soul rest in peace. The moments I have lived with him was wonderful. A man dedicated to work and prayer and an example for every one. Sincerely praying for his soul as he starts the life in heaven.

  2. Fr.Tomy Kuruvilla

    My sincere condolences to all those who have been privileged to be associated with the “Silent worker”.As mentioned in the article he dealt with enormous amount of money during his long span of financial administration as well as during the time he built various buildings for the province. But a man never tainted by the devil’s Dung. An example many SDB’s can follow now and the years to come.

  3. kumathew

    He was an exemplary religious very simple and un assuming, always helpful and obliging. I never saw him upset or angry for anything. father kum

  4. Trophy D'Souza

    Shocked to hear of Bro Isaac’s passing away. I knew him well, as a holy man, a dedicated worker and a committed friend. He has certainly gained his eternal reward. He is a striking example of how well life should be lived. May God grant solace to his family and relatives, comfort to those who who were close to him,and encouragement to his religious bretheren..

  5. Elias James

    It is a sad moment for all of us…. He was a great man,simple and dedicated.
    I share my grieves….

  6. samuel

    just by chance I get to know of Br Isaac demise. I remember him very well at the beginnings of INN when the sponsorship was transferred there. May his soul rest in peace.


  7. Trophy D'Souza

    Just to say I’m sad to hear of the passing away of Bro Isaac Puthumana.
    He was truly my friend ‘faithful and just to me’ [as Mark Anthony might have said]….
    He was above all an outstanding example of a good religious, dutiful and helpful to everyone.
    Such people ‘do not grow on trees’.[as a famous person once said].they come round only once in a while, like comets.
    He deserves a documented biography of one who truly lived his religious life to the full.
    I will miss him. He inspired me. May his beautiful soul rest in peace.
    The Province will miss not really his services to the Province [& the money he may have saved for the Province]
    but his shining example of dedication, commitment, simplicity and authenticity–Christlike qualities overlooked so much today by many religious– for dantier efficiencies like digital competencies or possessions…. These are sterling diadems —that even the new Pope, Francis— seems to manifest — that religious today should have if they want to ‘proclaim’ an effective ministry.
    Hope you and the Province will be able to cope with his loss.
    14th March 2013

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