Kerala native Joseph Thermadom became the first Indian from the deaf and dumb community to take religious vows. Joseph was born deaf to Thomas and Rosy Thermadom. 

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According to reports, the primary vow took place in Tamil Nadu the other day. He will be given priesthood after the final vow, which would take place after four years.

Joseph Thermadom nurtured the dream of becoming a priest since the time he was a student. He was inspired by the news of a blind man who became a priest.

Joseph completed his education in Mumbai. Then he went to USA as part of his studies to attain priesthood. He returned after studying theology and philosophy under Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate and then he returned to India.

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Joseph came in contact with the Holy Cross Fathers through their ministry for the deaf. Having expressed his desire to join their ministry, he was received at Aymanam Holy Cross community in 2017 as a come-and-see member.

After completing a year of Novitiate at Yercaud, Joseph took his first religious vows on May 25.

Joseph's brother is a bank official, who is also speech and hearing impaired.