The Servant of God

The Profile of Servant of God John Peter
Savarinayagam OFM Cap., (1941 – 1979)

Place of Birth: Thiruppanthuruthi 

Date of Birth: 29.05.1941

Parents: Mr. Savarinayagam & Mrs. Thomaiyammal 

Date of Baptism: 15.06.1941

Place of Baptism: The Church of Our Lady of Good Health, Thiruppanthuruthi 

Home Town: Michaelpatti, near Thirukkattupalli, Thanjavur (Dt)

School Education: Sacred Heart Primary School, Michaelpatti & Sir Sivasami Iyer High School, Thirukkattupalli. 

Franciscan Capuchin Vocation: 12.06.1959 

Religious & Priestly Formation: Latin Course, (1959-1962) Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore – 12. Novitiate (1962-1963) Monte Mariano, Mangalore. Philosophy (1963-1966) St. Antony’s Friary, Quilon & Calvary Ashram, Thirissur. Theology (1966-1969) The Friary, Kotagiri.

Simple Profession: 16.05.1963 – Monte Mariano, Mangalore. 

Solemn Profession: 16.05.1966 – The Friary, Kotagiri. 

Priestly Ordination: 11.12.1969 – St. Mary’s Cathedral, Madurai 

Staff at Amalashram: 1970 Jan – Oct 

Pastoral Course: 1970 Sep- Dec St. Antony’s Friary, Quilon, Kerala 

Asst. Director of Aspirants: 1971 – 1972, Amalashram, Trichy – 6. 

Asst. Parish Priest: 1972-1973, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore-12 

Director of Aspirants: 1973-1974, Amalashram, Trichy – 6. 

Higher Studies in Spirituality: 1974 -1976, Gregorian Pontifical Institute, Rome.

Director of Aspirants: 1977 – 1978, Amalashram, Trichy – 6. 

Provincial Councillor & Spiritual Director: 1978 – 1979, Amalashram, Trichy – 6.

Date of Death: 02.03.1979 

Place of Death: Madras General Hospital, Chennai. 

Date of Funeral: 03.03.1979 

Place of Burial: Amalashram, Srirangam, Trichy – 6.

Cause of Death: Colon Cancer

His Life Motto: “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Lk 22:42)

His Identity: Spiritual Director, Confessor, Counsellor, Writer and Linguist.

His Inspirers: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross

Notable Virtues: Humility, Obedience, Poverty, Simplicity, Meekness, Love for the Poor, Fraternal charity, Fortitude, Patient endurance of suffering, Docility to the will of God, 

Special Practises: A special devotion to the Holy Eucharist and the Crucified Lord, Recitation of the Holy Rosary, Making the Way of the Cross and Spending time in Personal prayer and Recollection.

Significant Characters: Zeal to participate In the Passion of the Lord, a deep search for God and a Mystic 

His famous sayings: Lord grand me the grace to meditate and participate in thy passion; spend at least five minutes after the Holy Mass in prayer and silence; Never waste anything because every drop of water is the blood of the poor; Allow God to love you as he wants not as you wish him to do so. 

Pray to him for the following: Spiritual Direction, Young Religious, New Event, Cancer Patients and Patients of Internal Organs,