Message from Idaho Bishop Jos Tharakan Following Arrest of Moscow Murders suspect

Episcopal Church in Idaho
Posted Jan 9, 2023

Dear sisters and brothers,

Peace to you, your loved ones, and your communities.

I’m sure many of you are following the news regarding the heart-wrenching murders of University of Idaho students Ethan, Madison, Xana, and Kaylee. I imagine many, myself included, continue to be shocked and saddened by the loss of these young people and the impact of that loss on their families, friends, and the entirety of Idaho.

When tragedy afflicts us, whether in our own lives or in our communities, we can feel helpless or lost. We may search for simple answers for why such horrible suffering is allowed to exist in our world. Unfortunately, life is rarely simple. We cannot possibly understand what motivates some to so heinously lash out against others with murderous violence. We cannot possibly know why four young lives were ripped from this world too soon. We cannot possibly know how this case will continue to unfold and how justice will be served. However, what we can know is where we can turn when we are faced with such incomprehensibly grievous events.

Psalm 46 tells us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Though we will not find simple answers in our troubled world, we can find comfort in God and in our communities of faith, caring for and supporting one another in these difficult times.

Therefor I ask this of each of you—reach out to one another in love. Offer what help you can and seek support from others if you are in need of help yourself. Though we may feel as though we are walking in darkness, we walk this path together, in God’s love.




About Bishop Jos Tharakan

The Rt. Rev. Joseph ‘Jos’ Tharakan was ordained and consecrated the 14th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho on June 25, 2022. A native of Kerala, India, Tharakan previously served as the rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Springfield, Missouri as well as dean of the Southern Deanery of the Diocese of West Missouri. He graduated from Franciscan Seminaries in Kerala and holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Delhi, and English and Social Sciences from the University of Bhopal, India.

About the Episcopal Church in Idaho

The Episcopal Church in Idaho is comprised of 27 congregations and over 70 outreach ministries in southern Idaho. For more information, visit