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Father Thomas Punnolikunnel celebrates Golden and Diamond Jubilee

By Father Bivan R. Mukhim  - 1 Comments
Guwahati, Apr. 20. On 17th April 2016, Father Thomas Punnolikunnel, Asst. Parish Priest of Umswai Parish celebrated his Golden Jubilee of ordination and Diamond Jubilee of religious profession at Umswai Parish, amidst the picturesque hills of Karbi Anglong district of Assam. The jubilee mass was celebrated by the jubilarian himself and was joined by  Father VM Thomas, Provincial Salesian province of Guwahati and Rev Father George Maliekal, Provincial Salesian province of Silchar.
In his homily, Father Thomas lovingly called ''Good Fr. PJ'' said that the Jubilee Mass is offered in thanksgiving to God. God is the focus of our thanks. 'We thank God for being who He is.' He also said that if, in giving thanks for the sixty and fifty years, we were to limit our appreciation to priests and consecrated Religious, we would omit a huge number of people whose friendship has been a great influence, inspiration and support to our priesthood.
He also said that the essence of Priesthood is to be of service to others. ''On the day of my ordination, above all, I recognised that my Priesthood was not for myself but for others and that it was to be a life of service to the People of God. For that I dedicated my life.''  He also pointed out that people today are as ready to hear the call of God as they were fifty years ago: ''The faith has not dried up. The hope that is in Christ has not dried up. It is there, still in our midst.''
After the Mass, a cultural programmme was  organized.  In the speeches, both the Provincials lauded the selfless sacrifice of Father PJ Thomas as a priest and how he continues to be an example for others to emulate. It must be mentioned here that Fr. PJ Thomas was ordained as priest on April 17, 1966 at Shillong.
Fr. Tomey Anikuzhikattil, Rector and Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Umswai, welcomed the priests, religious and the faithful.


THANNICKAL George India Bangalore
April 24, 2016

Good Fr.PJ, the most suitable description! Good Fr.PJ, what a blessing for the Congregation and the Church! Good Fr.PJ, I have met him in Guwahati provincial house. I always found him good! Good Fr.PJ, reflection of God's compassion and affection!


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