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Remembering + Br Gregory Fernandes

It was way back in 1970 that I, armed with a PUC passed certificate from Mysore University, landed in our Juniorate in Palmaner. We were 23 pledging seekers of a way of life that was unknown to us. It must be credited to Fr. Gregory for forming this divergent group of younglings from various places into a harmonious unit of ‘Franciscan Aspirants’. The apt word to describe Fr. Gregory would be that he was very approachable.

Teaching Method: Fr. Gregory had a unique method of teaching us English. Each day he would give us five new English words. We had to find the meaning of these words, learn this word with spelling and meaning and make a sentence using that word. The next day we would be all ready with our regional master pieces. Correction of those sentences, which would be an awesome job, is done with such joviality, I must admit learning English was really a fun.

Fr. Gregory the preacher with Fire and Flame: Fr. Gregory is always a picture of a lanky person possessing a mild and jovial personality. But once he is on the pulpit that picture takes a back seat. Once we invited him to Ramnagar Parish for Lenten preaching and here he was on his usual turf- preaching with ‘fire and flame’.

An accompaniment never to forget: It was in 1983. I had my first transfer from Ramnagar to Basen, our newly opened Mission in the North.. Fr. Gregory, then one of the councilors of our Province accompanied me taking this long and tiring journey lasting more than 48 hours in train and buses with a number of breaks and breakdowns in unknown places. That accompaniment conveyed a message beyond any words, that you have the backing of the brotherhood on your onward Franciscan Mission Thrust. It was so energetic that I got rooted in Basen and spent the prime of my life there. Fr Gregory leaves behind a message without much ado that the sum total of our existence is worth only to the extent of how we relate to each other. – Br Davis ofm

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (September)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

+ Matthew Walsh

Jayaseelan P.R.

Home

Ordination

1969

2001

04

+ Kentigern Stuart

Home

1995

08

Arokiam John

Tom John

Arockiasamy P.

Niranjan Toppo

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1976

1999

1999

1993

09

Salun Kispotta

Birth

1995

10

Athanasius Xaxa

Birth

1959

11

+ Paulinus van Halderen

Home

1999

13

Bangalore Friary

+ Vincent Roy

John Sekar

Blessing

Home

Birth

1952

1959

1982

14

Anthony Pushparaj

Birth

1976

15

+ Fidelis Magee

Home

1979

17

Stigmata of Francis

Varghese Sebastian

Richard D’ Silva

Assisi Illam Dindigul

Feast

Birth

Solemn Vows

Blessing


1947

1956

2010

18

Joseph of Cupertino

Feast


19

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Birth

1973

20

Tom John

Birth

1961

23

Padre Pio

+ John Forest Hogan

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Feast

Home

Birth


1962

1989

24

Shalom Friary –Hyderabad

Blessing

1995

25

Sagaya Soosairaj

Birth

1968

26

+ Fabian D’ Souza

Home

2010

27

+ Conrad Gomes

Home

1993

28

Nicholas D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Pradeep Anthony L.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1945

1976

1992

29

Sushil Beck

Salim Baxla

Birth

Birth

1973

1974