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Servant of God George Vakayil
George Vakayil or Vakayilachan or Achan Punyalan(saintly priest) (born:1883 – died:1931) was a Catholic priest proposed for sainthood from Koonammavu, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala.George was born at Vakayil Family in Koonammavu, as the second child of Paily and Francisca. He started his lessons of catechism and academic studies at St.Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu.and the school nearby. George was keen on attending the holy mass every day and he served as an Altar boy in his home parish. He joined in Puthanpalli Seminary where he completed the pastoral studies.
George Vakayil served at Good Sheperd’s Church at Kottayam, Churches at Kurichi and Thottakam. He was instrumental in constructing houses for the destitute, helping the poor and ailing patients etc. At the time of his death, Vakayil was the parish priest at St. Mary's Church, Maradu under the Archdiocese of Verapoly. The Death Anniversary of George Vakayil is observed by the Church as a day of remembrance on 4 November of every year. He was declared as Servant of God on 1 September 2013 at St. Mary Magdalene Church Maradu Moothedam by Metropolitan Archbishop, Francis Kallarakal.