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Montfort Boys’ Town fondly remembers late Brother Kottoor

Reverend Brother Joseph Kottoor of Kerala, India, spent 30-years of his life serving the young men of Montfort Boys Town in Fiji and the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of
31 Jan 2018 11:00
Montfort Boys’ Town fondly remembers late Brother Kottoor
The late Brother Joseph Kottoor.

Reverend Brother Joseph Kottoor of Kerala, India, spent 30-years of his life serving the young men of Montfort Boys Town in Fiji and the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Suva.

Brother Kottoor, 71, died in his sleep at Montfort Boys Town in Savusavu on January 1, this year.

Montfort Boys’ Town director, Brother Jim Madavana said Brother Kottoor had been by God’s grace, a faithful preacher of God’s word and champion for the Gospel.

“To those of us who have been fortunate to know him personally, or serve with him, he has been a treasured friend and mentor,” he said

Brother Madavana said: “He was the best Montfort Brother in the Pacific Mission. A great architect of both building and human beings. A true Montfortian in all characteristics. Montfort Brothers and associates sadly miss this vagabond missionary.”

Brother Madavana described Brother Kottoor’s life with two quotes:

‘Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them”- St. Therese De Lisieux.

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought”- Brother Kottoor.

“Though we thank the Lord for this steadfast servant of the Lord Jesus and the fruit of the spiritual gifts in ministry we have all benefited from, he would be the first to say that it has been all of grace, all of Christ, all of His sovereign consecration.”

Brother Kottoor served Montfort Boys’ Town in Suva, Tonga, and Savusavu.

He was laid to rest at the Montfort Brothers’ cemetery at Yercaud, India, on January 9.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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