NORTHFORD – Father Joseph Parel (Thonakkaraparel), pastor of St. Monica Parish, died on Aug. 5, 2013, while en route to India.
He was born on Dec. 16, 1937, in Kozhuvanal, India.
After attending high school and a minor seminary, he graduated from St. Joseph Pontifical College in Mangalapuzha, Alwaye, India.
He was ordained to the priesthood on March 11, 1967, at St. Mary Church in Lalam Palai, India, by Bishop Sebastian Vayalil of Palai.
Father Parel was named assistant pastor of St. Bridget Parish in December 1980 and of Assumption Parish in Manchester in April 1984. In January, 1991, he became parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Plainville.
Father Parel was temporary administrator of St. Bartholomew Parish in Manchester and St. James in Rocky Hill between September 1993 and May 10, 1994, when he was named temporary administrator of St. Monica Parish. He became pastor of St. Monica’s on April 28, 1995.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 10 in India. Interment was in Kerala, India.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a memorial Mass on Aug. 13 at St. Monica Church.