Our Founder Fr. Joseph Edamaram S.J.

Fr Joseph Edamaram S. J. (1904 – 1987), the first Provincial of the newly formed Kerala Province of the Society of Jesus, was a pioneer in more than one sense. He was a person unequalled in Philosophy, Theology and in administrative skills. Once he became the Provincial, he had a lot of dreams about the Kerala Province and he was able to transform them into reality within a span of four years. He was certainly an outstanding and exceptionally gifted person endowed with the qualities of the head and the heart. Though rather short in physical stature, he was an intellectual giant and he had the tenacity and will-power of an athlete to bring the nascent Province to the heights of glory.

Right from the beginning of his administration, he was able to take stock of the situation and ascertain where the Jesuits could be of better service to the church in Kerala. In this enterprise, he could make use of the good influence he had over the Bishops of Kerala as he was their Professor either in Pune or Kandy in Sri Lanka.

Most of the present institutions in the Kerala Province are ample proof of the pioneering spirit of Fr Edamaram. He went about aggressively in developing schools and colleges and other institutions in different parts of Kerala.

Loyola school Trivandrum is very much indebted to Fr Edmaram for its inception and growth. Even though the Jesuit Superiors in Rome were not in favour of starting a school of this type, he moved heaven and earth to realize his great dream. In terms of the faculty and the state-of-the-art facilities and the quality of the student community, Loyola School has risen to the expectations of Fr Edamaram and is at present one the most prestigious schools of the Society of Jesus.

With his death, Fr Edamaram left behind not only his vision and achievements but also a role model of an inspiring, insightful and committed Jesuit. May his tribe increase!

Great men, like great soldiers, never die; they just fade away.