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PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF BROTHER GOPU RAJASEKHAR

The Priestly Ordination of Brother Gopu Rajasekhar was held on 27th December 2018, at his own home-parish, Church of St. Paul the Hermit, Tubadu, Andhra Pradesh. The celebration was presided by Rt. Rev. Dr. Chinnabathini Bhagyaiah, Bishop of Guntur. The two main Concelebrants were our Provincial Minister and the Provincial Superior of MSFS who hails from the same village of Rajasekhar. Along with the local faithful, there were many diocesan clergy and religious Sisters at the celebration. It was a delight to see our Franciscan presence through a good number of brothers from various communities.

The guest friars enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Tubadu. The people in whose house we stayed, took care of us very well providing us with all we needed for a comfortable stay. The event was well organized. The liturgy was very meaningful. The Parish Priest together with his predecessors, took minute care to see to every requirement for the ceremony of the Ordination. The whole village was involved right from the procession till the felicitation. It was typically a festival of the village! The parish priest, the religious sisters, and the people of the village worked together with the Gopu family and, thus, everyone was happy that Br. Rajasekhar was ordordained to the Order of Priesthood.

On the next day, 28th December 2018, the people and friars gathered at the house of Brother Rajasekhar. During a short prayer in the house of Br. Rajasekhar, Brother Sleeva, the Vocation facilitator of Rajasekhar, thanked God and the family for the gift of Rajasekhar. Then, the God-mother presented Rajasekhar to the Minister Provincial saying, “Hence forth this son of ours belongs to you.” This was a touching and inspiring moment for all who were present at the house. Then, Brother Rajasekhar was escorted to the Parish Church and there he presided over the Eucharistic Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving. Brother Sleeva Reddy preached an interesting and inspiring homily. Personally, I enjoyed my stay and the Hospitality of the people as well as of the family members of Brother Rajasekhar.

Praised be You, my Lord, for our Brother Rajasekhar who has gifted his whole self for the growth of Your Kingdom in our world! May God bless you, dear Br. Rajasekhar, and may you have a meaningful and spiritual ministry in the vineyard of the Lord!

 

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Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

01

Gabriel Mathias

Carlos Dias

Birth

Ordination

1950

1989

03

+ Sylvester McGoldrick

Home

1992

04

Vineet Kerketta

Birth

1995

05

+ Achilles Meersman

Salim Joseph

Nicolas Marak

Home Ordination

Birth

1982

1994

1994

07

Rajasekhar Reddy Gopu

Punitha Anthoniar Illam

Birth

Foundation

1985

1992

08

John Chrysostom

Birth

1965

09

+ Prasad Cheely

Ordination

1998

10

Jugal Kishore Lakra

Ordination

2005

11

Paul Kallan

Ordination

1996

12

+ Liguory Mimpen

Home

2016

13

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Ordination

1997

14

Matthew Kootumkal

Cajetan S. Lourenco

Shalom Friary, Hyderabad

Cajetan S. Lourenco

+ John Peter

Bhaskar Reddy

Birth

Birth

Foundation

Ordination

Home

Ordination

1963

1965

1975

1996

2005

2005

15

Ignatius Baa

Joseph Raj M.

Ordination

Ordination

2005

2007

16

Richard D’Silva

Shanborlang Wartde

Francis Kaviyil

Babu Jose Pamplany

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1933

1989

1994

1994

17

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Ushar Kachhua

Joy (George) Sebastian

Jacob Tani

Birth

Birth

Ordination

Birth

1978

1992

2010

1993

18

St.Francis Friary, Kochi

Prasad Papabathuni

Joy K.D.

Erection

Ordination

Ordination

1951

1998

1998

19

Parish at Chippilithode

Vilas Baptist Correia

Prashanth Wilson Fernandes

Erection

Ordination

Ordination

1997

2008

2012

20

Johnson M.V.

Tojy M.

Regi Matthew

Ajit Kumar Dung Dung

Tony Marshall

Nelson Toppo

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

1999

2004

2006

2008

2009

1992

21

Abraham Vadana

Davis Kallookaran

Alphonse Moras

Gerald Lobo

Simon Pinto

Paul K.L.

+ Angelo James Anthony

New Church at Salbari

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Entry

Home

Blessing

1972

1972

1972

1972

1972

1972

2002

2013

22

+ Owen McLaughlin

Home

1974

23

Anthony Roobandass A.

Singarayar A.

Tom John

Thomas A.

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1978

1997

2002

2003

24

Johnny Anthony

Benjamin Jojo

John Sekar

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

1961

2005

2010

25

Pratap Reddy Salibindla

Thomas Joseph

Johnny Anthony

Sandesh Manuel

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1991

1992

1992

2009

2010

26

Thaddeus Baxla

Pradeep Kalliath

Birth

Ordination

1968

2007

27

+ Paul Fernandes

Home

2004

29

Arok Sundar Sebastian

Dharma L. Bernard

Arun Prakash

Lourdu Augustine

Balaswamy Gundiga

Peter Saleth Nathan J.

Vijay Minj

Entry

Entry

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

1973

1973

1974

2006

2008

2012

2012

30

Parish at Nanasera

Anthony Alex Martis

Vijay Amirtharaj A.

Nesavanam,Chennai

New Church at Reddypalem

Erection

Ordination

Ordination

Blessing

Blessing

1995

2008

2008

2008

2013