Fr. Arul

I am Fr. Arul Ponnaiyan, was born in Kolundirampattu, a small town in the state of Tamilnadu in South India. My town is home to 65 % Catholics and we are a third generation Catholics. My ancestors were evangelized by the MEP missionaries (Mission Paris Foreign Missions Society). I have two older brothers, two younger sisters, seven nieces and a nephew and 49 cousins. I received Catholic education and went on to graduate from a Jesuit college in B.A. Philosophy. My desire for priesthood started from my high school. I spent years of seminary formation with the Society of African Missions in India, Philippines, and in Kenya. In 2001, my path changed as I decided to pursue law. After graduating from the law school I started practicing law in the High Court of Chennai, India for five years. My desire for priesthood took me back to Kenya for another six months which I spent in the missions. It was a time of discernment where I came to discover that God was calling me to be an intentional disciple. And I was convinced that priesthood was the best way to fulfill that discipleship. So with the guidance of Bishop Harrington and with the help of the Missionary Community of Saint Paul I applied to the archdiocese of Milwaukee and got accepted in 2010. I received four more years of seminary formation and graduated in MDiv (Master of Divinity) in 2013 and was ordained on the 18th of May, 2013. Then I was appointed as an associate pastor at Holy Apostles form June 2013 to June 2016. Holy Apostles will always remain a holy place in my life. I miss the parishioners, their love, bond and friendship. They have helped me deepen my faith, my discipleship and my love for God. I am glad to find a new family now in St. Paul and Sacred Heart of Jesus and hope to journey in my discipleship with the people of these two parishes. I look forward with great hope that with the help of these people of God we will build a community of love.