Puthenparampil Thommechan, the pride of the parish was a saintly soul similar to the cast and caliber of Saint Francis of Assisi. His pioneering efforts to sanctify the life of the ordinary people were very much in the manner and methods that had been adopted by that master and mentor whom he closely followed.
Thommechan was born on 8th of July 1836. His father was Philipose of Puthenparampil, Edathua and mother was Thresiamma of Karukayil, Champakulam. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Church, Champakulam. The boy was brought up with love and care by his beloved parents. But when Thommechan was about two years old, his father died. The sad and sorrowful mother armoured with strong faith and confidence in God courageously faced the challenge of bringing up the boy for God. She gave him good education in Malayalam and Tamil. He received sound religious and moral instructions at the hands of his mother. The fluency in Tamil helped him to read and study plenty of religious and devotional books including the Bible and the Lives of saints. The pious young man was prone to be prayerful, contemplative, ascetical and withdrawn. It was usual at that time for a boy to marry at the age of fifteen or sixteen. He wanted to lead an ascetic life. Owing to the loyalty to his mother he had to yield to her wishes and decided to marry. At the age of twenty he married Annamma, daughter of Mathechen Vadakkeveettil of Pulimcunnu Parish. In the normal course of his family life, a son and two daughters were born. The family had enough resources that kept it above want.