Though a span of close to 9,000 miles separates Louisville from the devastating flooding and landslides in Kerala, India, the two places are connected by the Catholic faith.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have nine sisters serving in the area and several Kerala natives are currently serving the Archdiocese of Louisville. Conventual Franciscan Fathers John Pozhathuparambil and George Munjanattu are campus ministers at Bellarmine University. Father Pozhathuparambil is also a sacramental moderator of Holy Family Church. Carmelite Father Saju Vadakumpadan is pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Campbellsville, Ky.; Our Lady of the Hills Church in Finley, Ky.; and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Phillipsburg, Ky.