Founder and Chairman of Shalom Ministries
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Benny Punnathara took a bold step of faith, quit his job, and thus began the humble journey of Shalom Ministries. He is a prolific international Catholic speaker. Punnathara has authored numerous books which have been translated into several languages. In February 2012, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI awarded the title of 'Chevalier' to Punnathara. The title is the highest honor conferred by the Church on a lay person for outstanding contributions to the Catholic Church and society.
First Spiritual Director of Shalom Ministries
Fr. Varkey, who was sensitive towards the spiritual needs of his parishioners, founded the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate on Sept 8th, 1962. After 16 long years of service in the parish of Kulathuvayal in calicut district,India. He was appointed the Corporate Manager of the School and transferred to Koothuparamba. He served at this post for 6 years after which he handed over the charge to his successor Rev. Fr. Mathew Chalil and returned to Kulathuvayal parish on June 21, 1973. He took charge as the full time Director of MSMI congregation and stayed at Generalate in Kulathuvayal.