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Fr. Joseph was born in 1978 in Punalur, Kerala, India the oldest of two boys. Fr. Joseph’s father is a farmer, his mother is a homemaker and his brother lives in Dubai with his wife and two children where he works as a civil engineer. Fr. Joseph studied English literature in college and also obtained a degree in education from Indira Gandhi National Open University. Later, Father earned a Masters degree in police administration. After those studies, Fr. Joseph studied for the priesthood in India and credits his strong prayer life beginning in childhood which helped him discern clearly God calling him to the priesthood. On December 27th, 2008, Fr. Joseph was ordained to the priesthood for the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).

In his first assignment, Fr. Joseph served as Director of St. Xavier’s Technical School in Basanti Sunderbans, West Bengal, India. From 2013 to 2014, Father served as Vice-Principal and Administrator of KE Carmel School in Sarisha, West Bengal, India. He then served for a year as Vice-Principal and Boarding Director in another school. From 2015 to 2018, Fr. Joseph served as Vice-Principal and Administrator of Christ Nagar group of institutions in Trivandrum, Kerala. Finally, from 2018 until summer 2019, Fr. Joseph served as Principal of Christ Nagar Public School in Attingal, Trivandrum, Kerala. In the summer of 2019, Fr. Joseph was assigned as a Parochial Vicar at St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova. His most recent assignment was as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary’s in Vacaville.

Father Joseph Sebastian, CMI

Father Joseph Sebastian, CMI

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