Life of a Missionary-Contd – Please read the previous post-
1975-He reaches Banaras (Varanasi), Bishop Patrick sent him to Nagpur seminary for completing his studies-2 year Philosophy, 4 years of Theology, which he completed.
1981-At last he becomes a Deacon, which last only one year. Priesthood was at hand, eventually.
Coming home for priestly ceremony-
He comes back to his native village Nedungapra after 24 years (he left Nedungapra in 1958).All his family, brothers and sisters thought he was not alive.
But disaster struck him again, while he was in Kerala on a visit to prepare the priesthood ceremony. He had massive internal bleeding from a burst stomach ulcer and admitted unconscious in Little flower Hospital Angamaly.He was again, 3rd time undergone a major operation by Dr George Jacob and the surgeon removed 2/3 of his stomach and while in hospital he received 18 pints of blood transfusion. It was a miraculous escape from death.
1982-15th April-Priesthood ceremony took place in the village church_Nedungapra.His ambition of life was fulfilled. He became Fr.K.O.Francis, fondly called “Fr K.O.”
1982-2000-Spent his life as priest in the Diocese of Varanasi, served as a diocesan, spiritual director in various parishes and seminaries in North India-Nagaland, Jaunpur (UP,) Andaman Islands etc.He built nearly 12 churches in different parts of north India.
2000-At the age of 66, because of his ill health ,he requested Bishop of Varanasi to come back to Kerala for better medical treatment and to lead a not so hectic life. The permission wasÂ granted and from year 2000 onwards, he served in various places in Kerala-Kanjoor,Chalil,Elavoor,Ettumannoor and now serving as a spiritual father for the boy\’s orphanage in Divine centre, Muringoor, Chalakkudy.
In summary-His life as missionary lasted 24 years as lay missionary-“Brother” and completed 28 years of priesthood, had 3 major operations; still continue his life\’s call for Jesus- His mission is endless and diverse .
But despite the difficulties and hardship, Fr. Francis feels joy and satisfaction. “The biggest reward for me is the presence of God in my life as a Divine Word Missionary and in the lives of the people I served, and still serving..” says Fr Francis
“Every Catholic, whether priest, religious or layman, should rejoice because all of his talents, knowledge, studies, power, nobility, profession, art, earthly goods, service, prayers used for the propagation of faith and rekindling of charity in the world can acquire the merit of the apostolate”
– St. Vincent Pallotti.
“All Christians must follow God sends us all hardships
out of infinite love. Do not tryÂ to escape suffering”.
Offering Holy mass-Holy Mass intentions
An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: as thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday, wedding anniversary or any special need), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.
To have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or kind words.
One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one\’s soul. One cannot put a price of a Holy mass, how can we put a price ofÂ Christ’s death on the cross for mankind? Anyhow a small stipend is given to the priest for offering the Mass, which thereby creates an obligation which must be satisfied and way of livelihood for the priest.
If you would like to ask Fr.Francis to offer Holy mass for any intention, please call him (His cell Number-09447092078).Or you can email me and I can forward the message to him. God bless.