Meet Jithin Anto

1 on 1 with Jithin

This week in 1 on 1 we meet fifth-year Sale seminarian, Jithin Anto, 31. 

What is your favourite food? Pork and fish any day!!

What is your favourite drink? Coffee and fresh-pressed orange juice

What is your favourite movie? The God Must Be Crazy

What is your favourite TV or radio show? The tonight show

What are your hobbies? Fishing. Also playing, watching or talking about Cricket.

What is your favourite country in the world? India

Which countries do you want to visit in the future? Switzerland and Denmark

If you were lost on an island and could only have three items with you, what would you take? I don’t know! I never think about such things. Maybe some food, water and a boat, so that I can get back home. 

If you could invite any three people in the world to dinner, who would they be? My parents and the Pope.

What is the best (clean) joke you know?

I am very bad at jokes, so I will prove it to you. How do you make Holy Water? Just boil the hell out of it!!!

What is your favourite Aussie Slang? Fair Dinkum

Who is your favourite saint? St. Francis of Assisi


What is your favourite scripture passage? God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son. John 3:16


What was your profession prior to joining the seminary? School Teacher


What was your home parish? Panathur

 Jithin Anto is one of seven seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Sale Diocese. Picture: Jude Ezeme. 

Jithin Anto is one of seven seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Sale Diocese. Picture: Jude Ezeme. 

Why did you decide to become a priest?

My faith has always been very important to me. I grew up around priests who were very committed priests and who dedicated their lives to the work of God in the Church. Also, I grew up listening to the stories of saints who gave their whole lives to the Church. I couldn’t see any better way to live for others. I just answered to God’s call to dedicate my life to the work of the Church.

Which priest/s have had the biggest influence in your life and on your vocation?

Fr. Jose Mannur and Fr. Joby Marotti, both of whom were my parish priests back in my home town.

Why did you decide to study for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College?

I decided to join the Diocese of Sale. I did that for various reasons. One being my meeting with the then, Bishop of Sale, Bishop Christopher Prowse, during an ordination in India and his subsequent invitation to join the Diocese of Sale.