Obituary Father H. Patrick Isaac

   Father Henry Patrick Isaac, 91, of Tamil Nadu, India, passed away on July 29, 2014 while visiting in the U.S.
   Father Isaac was born in Tiruchirapalli, India, on October 17, 1923. His mother, a victim of domestic violence, died when he was a child, and her death had a lasting effect on his ministries throughout his life.
   He graduated from the British Colonial School in India with honors in English at age 13, and went on to enroll in the French Jesuit College of St. Joseph where he received a gold medal for excellence in mathematics.
   During World War ll, Father Isaac enlisted in the National Cadet Core and met Mahatma Gandhi. After the war, he earned a Master of Arts degree in English literature and mathematics.
   In 1946, Father Isaac entered the seminary and was ordained a priest on March 25, 1953. He was appointed Rector of the Minor Seminary in India, became president of the Principals Association and was elected to the British Council of Education. He continued his studies at Osmania University in India and Oxford University in England, and later became guidance director for teachers in 206 schools in India.
   In 1967, Father Isaac suffered a serious spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed for seven years. He believed he was healed from the injury through his faith in God. During his recovery he conceived the idea of creating a home for sick and retired priests in India which would later come to fruition.
   After his recovery, he came to the U.S. on May 28, 1976, and served the Diocese of Syracuse for 27 years. In 1983, he brought nuns from St. Anne of Tiruchirapalli, India to train on how to care for blind children in India, and later brought Sisters of the Cross Chavanod to be pastoral helpers to the elderly, sick and dying in Norwich, N.Y.
   Father Isaac was dedicated to helping those less fortunate, especially the poor and those affected by violence. He founded the Home for Hope for battered women and their children in Madurai, India, in honor of his mother. He founded a home for sick and retired priests in the Dindigul diocese and also in Tiruchirapalli, India. His achievements also included founding a free tailoring school in India for the poor and establishing a scholarship to educate children. He celebrated his 50th jubilee on May 28, 2003.
   A wake was held on Fri., Aug. 1, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, Va., followed by a funeral Mass on Sat., Aug 2. Burial is being held in India.

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