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FUNERAL OF FR.THOMAS MYLADOOR SDB AND FR. MADLEMUTHU ARULAPPA SDB


By Fr. Gilbert Choondal SDB
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Bangalore, Jul. 20. Bangalore: St. Antony's Church, TC Palya, Bangalore witnessed an ocean of people of all walks of life to pay their last respects to their beloved dear departed, Father Thomas Myladoor and Father Arulappa.  The funeral mass commenced at 3.00 pm on 20 July 2015 presided by Archbishop Bernard Moras. Father Joyce, the provincial of Bangalore and  over 200 priests concelebrated the mass. After the mass at the parish church, the mortal remains were taken to the Kristu Jyoti College cemetery for the final prayers and burial.
After the mass, the messages of Rector Major, Regional, Major Archbishop (Card. George Alencherry) were read. Father Joyce, Father Vincent Durariraj (former provincial of Chennai), Father Tomy (Rector of Tumkur), Sister Angel CMC (younger sister of Father Myladoor), sister of Father Arulappa spoke on the occasion. Salesians highlighted the achievements and administrative calibre of Father Myladoor and dynamic and motivating presence of Father Arulapppa. The sisters of Father Myladoor and Father Arulappa, profusely thanked the Salesian Congregation for bringing them up as great Salesian priests. Though the walk to Kristu Jyoti College was hindered by drizzles, the people came to Kristu Jyoti College to have the last glimpse of the mortal remains. ''It was indeed a blessing of God that these two great Salesians received their eternal reward after the exercise for happy death'', highlighted Rector Major in his message.
The two father's together with four brothers were going back to their community at Tumkur, after a trimonthly recollection at Don Bosco Ajjanahalli. A kilometre away from Don Bosco Ajjanahalli, their vehicle skidded and fell into a ditch. The priest who was driving the vehicle and the four brothers escaped unhurt. Father Thomas Myladoor died on the spot while Father Arulappa was declared dead at the hospital.
Eternal Rest Grant unto them O Lord, May their Soul Rest in Peace.

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