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Fr. Paul Puthanangady given a fitting final farewell

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Funeral of Fr. Paul
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Bangalore, Nov. 16. Fr. Paul Puthanangady, SDB, eminent liturgist and theologian of India, who had passed away on 14 November, was given a very fitting and moving final adieu, first at the Church of St. Antony\'s, TC Palya, Bangalore and then at the cemetery in Kristu Jyoti College in the same city.

The new spacious Church of St. Antony's Parish Church at TC Palya is rarely packed during weekdays or Sundays. But today, 16 November 2013, the Church was unusually packed with ecclesiastically robbed priests and nuns. A rare sight indeed in this new church which sees a packed audience only during the feast of St. Antony.

About 300 priests, four bishops, several Major Superiors, thousands of nuns and formees witnessed the tearful tribute at the funeral mass of Fr. Paul Puthanagagady, presided over by Archbishop Bernard Moras. Along with him two Salesian Bishops, Archbishop Emeritus Chinnappa of Madras and Bishop Sounder Raj of Vellore, and  Archbishop Emeritus Ignatius Pinto of Bangalore also were present for the occasion. Among the Salesian dignitaries, Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga, South Asian Regional of Salesians and representative of the Rector Major too was present to wish good bye to Fr. Paul.

At the beginning of the Holy Mass, Fr. Dominic Veliath, colleague of Fr. Puthanangady, presented a life sketch of the Late Liturgist. After the Mass, Fr. Thomas Anchukandam, Provincial of Salesian Province of Bangalore, thanked those present for having participated at the Funeral Mass, and the bishops in a special way.

Thereafter the Faithful led a prayerful procession carrying the mortal remains of Fr. Paul to Kristu Jyoti College where several persons associated with Fr. Paul shared their fond memories of him.

Fr. Maria Arokiam described him as a 'humble and wise' person in his funeral oration. Fr. Thomas Anchukandam thanked Fr. Paul for his contribution to the Indian Church. Sr. Margaret, CRI President of Bangalore Unit, bade adieu to Fr. Paul and thanked him in the name of the CRI.

But the heart-touching reminiscences shared by Deacon Paul Challissery moistened the eyes of several at the gathering as he shared his personal experiences with Fr. Paul during the last two years during which he had personally nursed him at Kristu Jyoti College as Fr. Paul was suffering from cancer.

Fr. Jose Mathew, Rector of Kristu Jyoti College, after bidding farewell to Fr. Paul, thanked all those who were helpful to Fr. Paul while he was sick.

As the mortal remains of Fr. Paul was lowered to the grave at Kristu Jyoti College, Nature exhibited a shady and dim display. And then as the Faithful began to depart, showers of blessings came down on them in soft drizzle.


ADUKANIL Matthew India Mumbai
November 19, 2013

A Salesian of immense energy and hard toil. A person of great insight and intellectual vigour who had a mind of his own and spoke it daringly.

Laurence India
November 17, 2013

Host of memories ran down my mind as I witnessed the farewell to Fr. Paul. He must have been smiling form top. Our lost is heaven's gain. In him, we surely have a powerful intercessor before the Father.

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