Your Eminence, Your Beatitude Your Excellency, Your Grace, Your Lordship,
Greetings to you from the CBCI Secretariat.
With immense sorrow we communicate to you the sudden passing of Most Rev. Dr. Soundaraj Periyanayagam SDB.,D.D.
Bishop P. Soundararaju had a massive cardiac arrest at 11.30 pm on 20.3.2020 at German Hospital, Chetpet, Chennai. His mortal remains were taken to his home village and then to Cathedral of Vellore at 3.30 am. The Eucharist was celebrated for the repose of his soul. His body was taken to CMC hospital, Vellore. It will be kept there till his burial. No one is allowed to see his body. The funeral details will be communicated soon.
Bishop P Soundararaju was born on 6th June 1949, he was ordained to the Priesthood on 25th June 1983 and received his Episcopal Consecration on 24th August 2006. He was a Salesian and this June 2020 he would have been 71 years old.
We thank the Salesian Congregation for the gift of Bishop P Soundararaju to the Church at large and particularly to the Diocese of Vellore. We join the clergy, religious, faithful of Vellore Docese and his family members in their moment of sadness, grief and sorrow.
We pray that God may grant his soul eternal.
Fr Jervis Dsouza
Deputy Secretary General, CBCI
21st March 2020