Port.1720/Gen.Sec.2018(3-b-10/CBCI-GC) December 15, 2018
TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HIERARCHY
Sub: Sad Demise of Most Rev. Thomas Thennatt, SAC, Bishop of Gwalior
Your Eminence, Your Beatitude, Your Excellency, Your Grace, Your Lordship,
It is with great grief and sadness that I inform you of the sudden demise of our beloved Bishop Rt. Rev. Thomas Thennatt, SAC, Bishop of Gwalior, who succumbed to the severe head injury he suffered in a tragic car accident. His Lordship was returning to the Bishop;s House after an annual function in the school where the vehicle he was travelling skidded off and overturned. He was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and thereafter to St. Joseph Hospital, Gwalior where he was declared dead. In him we have lost a true shepherd and a great human being. This is the official information we have received from Fr. David. A., Vicar General of the Diocese of Gwalior. He was born on 26 November 1953, ordained a priest on 21st October 1978 and ordained Bishop of Gwalior on 8th January 2017. Funeral details are awaited.
We entrust our beloved Brother Bishop Thennatt into the hands of the Lord and pray to him to receive him in His loving arms. We pray for comfort and consolation for the Priests, Religious and faithful of the Diocese of Gwalior in this moment of immense tragedy.
Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him!
Your Sincerely in Our Lord.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas,
Secretary General, CBCI