His body will be donated for medical research education.
Bangalore 15 October, 2019 (CCBI): Most Rev Antony Devotta (76) Bishop Emeritus of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu passed away due to massive heart attack on Tuesday 15 October, 2019 at 2.20am at St Augustine Minor Seminary, Trichy, Tamil Nadu.
Funeral will be held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 10am at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tiruchirappalli. Bishop Devotta’s eyes were donated to St. Joseph’s Eye Hospital, Tiruchirappalli. He has donated the body for medical research education to St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore. After the funeral Holy Mass and last rituals the mortal remains will be taken to Bangalore.
Bishop Devotta was born on 30 June 1943, in Santhome in Chennai. He was ordained a priest on 27 August, 1971. He was appointed Bishop of Tiruchirappalli on 12 December 2000, and ordained on 28 January, 2001. He was the Vicar General of Madras-Mylapore archdiocese before becoming Bishop of Tiruchirappalli.
He was the parish priest of St. Mary’s Co-Cathedral, Chennai, assistant editor, New Leader, assistant director, Catholic Centre, Chennai, manager, Good Pastor Press, Chennai and parish priests in St. Joseph’s Church, Chengalpattu, Infant Jesus Church, Guindy, Fatima Church, Tambaram, Santhome Cathedral Basilica. He was Professor, Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology, Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee. He resigned from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Tiruchirappalli on 14 July, 2018 at the age of 75.
He was the Chairman of the Commission for Social Communication of the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council. He also served the national Church as the Chairman of the CCBI Commission for Catechetics from 2017 to 2015. He is a priest for 48 years and Bishop for 18 years.