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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 (December)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

St. Louis Friary – Palmaner

Fidelis D’ Lima

Foundation

Ordination

1949

1964

05

Abraham Vadana

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

+ Valentine Crasta

Birth

Birth

Home

1946

1969

2011

06

Baptist D’ Souza

Birth

1975

07

+ Anthony’s Church - Bannur

Erection

1999

09

Anil Kerketta

Birth

1980

11

Richard D’Silva

+ Agnel D’ Mello

Ordination

Home

1960

2013

13

Vincent Soosai

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Anand Suresh Minj

Nideesh M. John

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

Birth

1970

1975

1975

1975

1975

1987

1993

14

+ Titus Myppan

Home

2012

15

Gregory Fernandes

Ordination

1963

16

Paul K.L.

Assisi Sadan - Nagpur

Birth

Foundation

1952

1993

17

Sidney Mascarenhas

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Birth

1967

1977

18

Ajit Kerketta

Birth

1976

19

James Kallarackan

Friary Chapel – Palmaner

Birth

Blessing

1942

1967

21

Parish Church - Palmaner

Blessing

1964

22

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Birth

1966

24

Emmanuel Christopher

Birth

1992

25

Mukti P. Ekka

+ Celestine Reardon

+ Ambrose Staskunas

Birth

Home

Home

1973

1976

1986

26

Tony D’ Souza

+ Paschal Fernando

Birth

Home

1962

1994

27

Irudayaraj Fernando

Sahaya Dhas J.

Ordination

Ordination

2002

2013

28

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Ordination

2015

29

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Ordination

2015

30

+ Gratian McEvoy

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

+ Kuriyan Joseph

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Home

1992

2003

2012

2015

31

Sleeva Reddy

Birth

1968