When Venerable Fr. Augustine John Ukken died in 1956, he was buried in St Thomas parish church at Chowannur, where he had worked as a parish priest for twenty-four years. Since this parish church needed reconstruction, his mortal remains were transferred temporarily to the parish hall, where they are now being kept buried under the earth in a chest. the remains will be transferred to the new church which will be blessed on 10 April 2010.