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The Last Journey: The mortal remains of Fr. John Med arrives at Dimapur

By Fr. Tarcisius T & Fr. P.X. Francis
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Dimapur, Jan. 28. The mortal remains of Fr. John Med, who breathed his last on 25 January at 10 in the Morning, arrived at Salesian College, Dimapur, on 27 January, late evening, accompanied by the Fathers, Sisters, and representatives from the centres where Fr. John Med worked. The funeral will be held on 28 January, at 10.00. AM.
On the evening of 25 January, a solemn Eucharist was organized at the Imphal Cathedral which was presided over Archbishop Emeritus, Joseph Mittathany, his long time friend and collaborator. Around 33 priests concelebrated and around one thousand faithful participated to pray for the departed soul. The Archbishop recalled how Fr. John Med, though old and feeble, was regular for all the functions held in the cathedral. He wanted to be part of everything in the Archdiocese. His contribution to the growth of Church in Manipur is unforgettable, he noted.
On 26 January, at 7.00 in the Morning, Fr K. S. Joseph, the Administrator of Imphal, and who had seen to all the material needs of Fr. John Med, presided over a mass at the Parish Church, in Chingmeirong, Imphal, in which about 500 faithful of the parish joined. In the evening of the same day, Fr. C.C. Jose, Rector, presided over the Eucharist, joined by other ten priests, including Fr. Mathew Tharakan, his pupil. Fr. Mathew, preached the homily, in which he recalled his 14 years of life spent under the watchful care of Fr. John Med (seven as provincial and seven as Rector). Fr. Med impressed people by his love for all types of people without making any distinctions and divisions.
On 27 January, the final Eucharist at Imphal was held in the morning at the Parish Church, Imphal, presided over by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mittathany and the homily was preached by Fr CC Jose, the Rector of Don Bosco School, Chingmeirong. The parish council, Represented by Danny Byrne, the youth by Lawrence, the Vice president, the women by Jennifer, and the catechists represented by Catechist paid glowing tributes to the departed missionary.
At around 10 in the Morning, the mortal remains of Fr. John Med, made the final journey to Dimapur. It stopped at Senapati, where Fr. John Med, worked for several years at founder and pastor of the Church at Senapati. It again stopped at Don Bosco School, Maram, where Fr. John Med, served as a Pastor of the Parish. It was  the last meeting with his friends and well wishers all along the way. It was a journey of hope and courage to the people whom he had evangelized and pastured.
It may be mentioned that Fr. John Med, had suffering for a long time, and his condition was deteriorating day by day. Although his vital organs were quite intact, he was feeble and weak. However, on 24 January, morning, he was showing signs of extreme weakness and he even found it difficult to open his eyes.  Sr. Pauline CMC, who had come to visit Fr Med, said she would stay with him to look after him even in the night.  With good medical care he improved a little.  The 24th of January 2011 - a day dedicated to our Blessed Mother and the feast of St Francis the Sales, the patron of the Salesians happened to be the last full day of his life on earth and like all good Salesians he spent the last night singing psalms and sacred songs. All the boarding boys came to visit him and prayed for him.  All the confreres of the house gathered around him and prayed the joyful mysteries and sang his favourite numbers from the All you hills, the popular hymn book of the North East which he himself had complied. The night of the 24th was peaceful and he rested well.
On 25 January, morning, by about 10 am Miss. Martha, the girl who was looking after him ran to call the Fathers to say that Fr Med is no keeping ok. We all rushed to the spot. The Rector,  Fr CC Jose, led the prayers for the dying. Fr K.S. Joseph and Fr P X Francis stood close to him holding his hands and marking his forehead with the sign of the cross. We began calling on the name of Jesus, Mary and Joseph asking them to assist him in his last agony.  As we whispered the holy name of Jesus into his ears and assured him of our prayers, he passed away peacefully with a simple sigh. Present in the room were also Sr. Shymra MSMHC and Sr. Joy MSMHC, Sr. FCC, Theresa, Martha, Margaret and Magdalene, the staff of the house.   Fr John Med had departed from this world to the next. It was 10.15 am.



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