Priest Testifies to His Experience of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory After Death and His Return to His Body

A priest who saw heaven, hell, and purgatory on 4/14/85. The following is not a story coming out of the rumor mill. The priest whose testimony is given below is the pastor of a Catholic Church in Florida.

Background On Father Maniyangat

A priest who saw heaven, hell, and purgatory The death experience of Father Jose Maniyangat Francais-Espanol Fr. Jose Maniyangat is currently the pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Orange Park, Florida. Here is his personal testimony:

I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven children: Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom.. At the age of fourteen, I entered St. Mary’s Minor Seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood. Four years later, I went to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation. After completing the seven years of philosophy and theology, I was ordained a priest on January 1, 1975 to serve as a missionary in the Diocese of Thiruvalla. On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident. I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival. I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away. On the way, my soul came out from my body and I experienced death. Immediately, I met my Guardian Angel. I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital. I heard them crying and praying for me. At this time my angel told me: “I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you." He also said that, on the way, he wanted to show me hell and purgatory.

A Visit To Hell

First the angel escorted me to hell. It was an awful sight! I saw Satan and the devils, an unquenchable fire of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, worms crawling, people screaming and fighting, others being tortured by demons. The angel told me that all these sufferings were due to unrepented mortal sins. Then, I understood that there are seven degrees of suffering or levels according to the number and kinds of mortal sins committed in their earthly lives. The souls looked very ugly, cruel and horrific. It was a fearful experience. I saw people whom I knew, but I am not allowed to reveal their identities. The sins that convicted them were mainly abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, hatefulness, unforgiveness and sacrilege. The angel told me that if they had repented, they would have avoided hell and gone instead to purgatory. I also understood that some people who repent from these sins might be purified on earth through their sufferings. This way they can avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven. I was surprised when I saw in hell even priests and Bishops, some of whom I never expected to see. Many of them were there because they had misled the people with false teaching and bad example.

Next Stop Purgatory

After the visit to hell, my Guardian Angel escorted me to purgatory. Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire. But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarreling nor fighting. The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God. Some of those who are in purgatory committed numerous mortal sins, but they were reconciled with God before their death. Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face. I had a chance to communicate with the souls in purgatory. They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly. When we pray for these souls, we will receive their gratitude through their prayers, and once they enter heaven, their prayers become even more meritorious. It is difficult for me to describe how beautiful my Guardian Angel is. He is radiant and bright. He is my constant companion and helps me in all my ministries, especially my healing ministry. I experience his presence everywhere I go and I am grateful for his protection in my daily life.

Finally Heaven

Heaven Next, my angel escorted me to heaven passing through a big dazzling white tunnel. I never experienced this much peace and joy in my life. Then immediately heaven opened up and I heard the most delightful music, which I never heard before. The angels were singing and praising God. I saw all the saints, especially the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and many dedicated holy Bishops and priests who were shining like stars. And when I appeared before the Lord, Jesus told me: “I want you to go back to the world. In your second life, you will be an instrument of peace and healing to My people. You will walk in a foreign land and you will speak in a foreign tongue. Everything is possible for you with My grace.." After these words, the Blessed Mother told me: “Do whatever He tells you. I will help you in your ministries." Words can not express the beauty of heaven.. There we find so much peace and happiness, which exceed a million times our imagination. Our Lord is far more beautiful than any image can convey. His face is radiant and luminous and more beautiful than a thousand rising suns. The pictures we see in the world are only a shadow of His magnificence.. The Blessed Mother was next to Jesus; She was so beautiful and radiant. None of the images we see in this world can compare with Her real beauty. Heaven is our real home; we are all created to reach heaven and enjoy God forever. Then, I came back to the world with my angel.

Father’s Soul Returns To His Body

While my body was at the hospital, the doctor completed all examinations and I was pronounced dead. The cause of death was bleeding. My family was notified, and since they were far away, the hospital staff decided to move my dead body to the morgue. Because the hospital did not have air conditioners, they were concerned that the body would decompose quickly. As they were moving my dead body to the morgue, my soul came back to the body. I felt an excruciating pain because of so many wounds and broken bones. I began to scream, and then the people became frightened and ran away screaming. One of them approached the doctor and said: “The dead body is screaming." The doctor came to examine the body and found that I was alive. So he said: “Father is alive, it is a miracle! Take him back to the hospital." Now, back at the hospital, they gave me blood transfusions and I was taken to surgery to repair the broken bones. They worked on my lower jaw, ribs, pelvic bone, wrists, and right leg. After two months, I was released from the hospital, but my orthopedic doctor said that I would never walk again. I then said to him: “The Lord who gave me my life back and sent me back to the world will heal me." Once at home, we were all praying for a miracle. Still after a month, and with the casts removed, I was not able to move. But one day while praying I felt an extraordinary pain in my pelvic area. After a short while the pain disappeared completely and I heard a voice saying: “You are healed. Get up and walk." I felt the peace and healing power on my body. I immediately got up and walked. I praised and thanked God for the miracle. I reached my doctor with the news of my healing, and he was amazed. He said: “Your God is the true God. I must follow your God." The doctor was Hindu, and he asked me to teach him about our Church. After studying the Faith, I baptized him and he became Catholic. Following the message from my Guardian Angel, I came to the United States on November 10, 1986 as a missionary priest. I am currently the parish priest at St. Catherine Of Sienna Parish in Orange Park, FL.

Originally posted at (with editing)

By Fr. Jose Maniyangat



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Why is it that when this happens to Muslims, they see Mohammed or Allah? Why is it when this happens to Hindus, they see Shiva or other Indian gods? Why do Buddhists see the Buddha? People see what their minds expect to see. The brain is in partial shut down. The section of the brain that does ‘fact-checking’ so to speak, is inactive so these experiences seem real, even though they aren’t. How come nobody ever returns from heaven with some sort of useful information that we could apply to improve the world – some technology or idea that would change things for all of us? That never happens.
    Has anyone who has experienced an NDE ever asked their god why he can’t heal amputees?

    1. DmO Reply

      There must be one among the claims of these different religious men is true. Intensive objective investigation can reveal that. That is your task Patrick Gannon.

      1. thomraff Reply

        Why must a religion be true? “Intensive objective investigation” HAS been done on all religions and none contain evidence of reality. Keep in mind, the one making the claim is obligated to provide evidence. All us science-based thinkers can honestly say is that “I don’t know” because of lack of evidence. The ball is in YOUR court.

    2. Josephat Reply

      Dear Gannon, Amputees can be healed perfectly.

      1. Tom Rafferty Reply

        That is a claim. Please present any peer-reviewed scientific study that support it.

    3. jemma Reply

      Incorrect. Many Muslims have claimed to see Jesus, whom some weren’t knowledgeable of, in NDE’s, then shortly after, converted. BTW God CAN heal amputees. The real question is why are you so against suffering and the soul-healing it does? Why focus so much energy on why you can’t have your way in this world as opposed to focus on the realities of a spiritual realms eternity?

      1. Tom Rafferty Reply

        Interesting. Please, provide evidence, not anecdotes, for your claims above. Thanks.

    4. Eida Rodriguez Reply

      The truth, or “useful information” as you call it has already been revealed to us through our Lord Jesus Christ death and resurrection and that is that he has died for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Unfortunately, humanity is ever seeking the miraculous or the next amazing invention. Love and forgiveness has already been invented by God. If we applied it more often we would most certainly change things for all of us as you say. The solution is simple. Unfortunately, loving and forgiving is not. However, the world would be a far better place if we did both these things well.

  2. Som Reply

    Mr. Patrick Gannon, it actually looks like you are waiting for Catholics to bring up an issue so you could argue?…

    1. P Edward Murray Reply

      Tom, you need to do your own research…Just start with Googling NDE’s…

  3. Godwin mary Reply

    Our Lord Jesus we thank you for your love for us. We trust in you. We pray for the strength and grace to believe and serve you all the days of my life. I pray for my family for the grace to repent and avoid sin which separate us from our God the father Son and the Holy spirit. Amen

  4. Patrick Reply

    Patrick, I will pray for you that you can finally find and finally know the truth. God bless you in Jesus name I ask . Amen, love the lord. Love and peace to all.

    1. RobertTancrel Reply

      Don’t Put God to the test .abide by his commandments except life as it is giving to you and let Gods Love burn with in your soul and body and let your love flow out to every body on this earth there is a reason for every thing that happens .Dont question God .

  5. Jacqueline Reply

    So many hurt and disbelieving people wanting so desperately to have others feel as they do. I will pray for you that your heart’s soften and will accept the graces God would give you. Poor hurting soul’s.

    1. Tom Rafferty Reply

      Why do you, and so many other religious folks assume that us non-believers are “hurting?” The opposite is usually the case for us former believers who now realize that all religion comes from humans for comfort.

  6. francisco c sigaya jr Reply

    God truly is great, wonderful and merciful. In Him, nothing is impossible.

  7. kathleen Taylor Reply

    I would truly love to believe this. I am Catholic and have always been taught the same beliefs about purgatory before heaven.I, being an animal activist, also hope that the rainbow bridge exists to give God’s creatures the same opportunity to see God. As long as you live by God’s commandments there will be love in the end.


    God so loved the world, that from time to time, he partners with his chosen children to convince and convert those who are still doubtful, about heaven, heel or purgatory. Keep your ways straight, love God, and be converted like the doctor. Peace comes from heaven, and if you love God you will find peace in the midst of all your afflictions. GLORY BE TO GOD. IF HE HAD CALLED YOU DO NOT LOOK BACK MATCH FORWARD, FOR THE LABOURERES AERE ALWAYS FEW BUT THE HARVEST IS GREAT.

  9. Cathy Reply

    Always remember how great is God’s one can tell God what to do or accuse him of doing evil.he is always praised for what he does.our God is good.

  10. Ariette Croes Reply

    Religion is a believe
    The bible is a book of believe
    Not a cience book
    Neither a history book
    Cience wants to discredit all the believe with facts
    And if a believer is weak in their believe they fall for the facts off the cuentists
    Thats why the believe s who are strong has to defend their believes APOLOGETICA
    Im soory i do not know the name in English
    The father was here in Aruba 3 years sgo and he is an amazing spiritual priest
    And im a believer and consagrated to Jesus throug Maria

    1. Tom Rafferty Reply

      Even if this was perfect English spelling and grammar, the message would be clear: don’t trust science to know reality, just believe in any ol’ unsupported dogma. Ya, words to live by. SMH

  11. Michelle Bourget Reply

    Thanks for sharing your message and I always believe that the Lord that we serve is alive. Miracles happen every millisecond in our lives even though they are very hard to comprehend most of the time. Please continue to give Him praise and Glory for ever. May God continue to strenghten and bless you and your ministry.

  12. Irene l Reply

    Heaven sounds so wonderful forgive me Jesus for my sins I am so sorry to have sinned.

  13. A C Fyri Reply

    Tom, looking at faithful as ignorant is rather insulting . I believe that there are more ways of knowledge than modern science-based , perhaps reading a paragraph or two from CCC will help somewhat .
    Peace and keep seeking truth.

    1. Tom Rafferty Reply

      You are showing that you do not know about the fallacy called argument from ignorance:

  14. Benedict Reply

    I wholeheartedly believe the experience of Fr. God spoke to me directly in the presence of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and Our Blessed Mother Virgin Mary. God is very angry with those who commit sins particularly the sin of Adultery. Let every one who is still living in sin repent and serve God Almighty.

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