The community of Don Bosco Aluva was saddened by the sudden and unexpected demise of Rev. Fr. Stanislaus M. Fernandez SDB on 19 January 2018 at 6 a.m. He had been in MMH for last five years. He was not keeping good health a few days before his death. He had gone through a medical checkup and he was supposed to go for further checkup on Monday the 22. But God had other plans for him. Early on 19 morning upon intimation Dr. George Varghese came and examined him and declared that he was no more with us.
Fr. Stan was really cordial, loving, welcoming and committed to the practices of piety. He always greeted us with a smile. In order to give him a fitting send off we had a prayer and rosary service from morning till evening. On his way to Puthuppally Fr. Provincial dropped in and along with the community of Don Bosco Aluva, he officiated the Office of the dead. Many people came to pay him final respects, including Bishops, priests, religious and lay people from far and near.
In the evening Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m. presided over by Fr. Francis Vattululathil, Rector of Aluva community many priests and religious from the neighbourhood participated and prayed for the repose of the soul of Fr. Stan. After the Holy Eucharist Fr. Edwin and Fr.Vasanth the provincial councilors of Chennai Province applauded him for his selfless service by giving him a fitting funeral oration. Fr. Edwin said that Fr. Stan was very committed to his duties, practice of piety and all the other duties which were assigned to him, especially in the schools. Most of his life, he was in the school ministry- teaching and educating many young people. He was also a pioneer of some of the prestigious Salesian institutions like Egmore Don Bosco. He also said that obedience was very much part of his life.
His mortal remains were taken to Tirupattur for the final rites at 10:30 p. m on the same day. Fr. Rector and other fathers along with some brothers accompanied him. Fr. Stan had lived his life to the full as a religious priest. We will remember him as an outstanding personality who toiled so much for the congregation.
Rabha John Chandra SDB