Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore celebrated the Jubilee of two stalwarts of Salesian India on July 3, 2010 . Rev. Fr. Thomas Panakezham celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of the Religious Profession and Golden Jubilee of the Sacerdotal Ordination and Rev. Fr. Mathew Uzhunnalil celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Sacerdotal Ordination. Rev. Fr. Thomas Panakezham, a born leader, had been the first Indian Provincial of the undivided Madras Province and served the Congregation as the Regional Councilor of Asia for eighteen long years. Rev. Fr. Mathew Uzhunnalil, a zealous missionary, had been the first economer of the Bangalore Province and was a great missionary in North-East India for eighteen Years and in the Republic of Yemen for sixteen years.

The celebrations started at 9.30 am with Solemn Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Thomas Panakezham and concelebrated by around 60 priests from all over India. During homily Rev Fr Thomas Tharayil, Rector of the Sacred Heart Community of Kristu Jyoti College, spoke about the faithfulness, dedication and commitment of these two Salesian luminaries. A colourful felicitation programme followed the Eucharist, during which the religious communities where they render service, performed cultural programmes. During the felicitation programme Rev. Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil sdb thanked and congratulated the Jubilarians for their humble and devoted service in the vineyard of the Lord. Family members who joined the Holy Eucharist and Felicitation programme expressed their gratitude towards the Salesian Congregation. The celebration was jointly organized by the two communities of the Sacred Heart and of St Francis de Sales (Visvadeep).
Bro Francis Ponnathu SDB

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