95th Birthday Celebrations of the Servant of God Fr.Theophane
in Capuchin Ashram, Ponnurunni on Sunday 20th July 2008

We started the novena at 6.00 p.m. At 6.30 p.m. Fr. Mendez who lived with Fr.Theophane for 81/2 years started to light” Deepashigha ” from the tomb of Fr.Theophane. Fr.Babu, the Asst.Superior blessed the ” Deepashigha ”. Fr.Bosco received the ” Deepashigha ” from Fr.Mendez and gave it to Fr. John Baptisd, the Provincial who officially lit the ”Deepashigha”. As usual there were plenty of lamps lit by the devotees. The whole compound of the ashram was full of lights.

Fr. Binoy gave introduction for the Mass. Fr. Provincial was the main celebrant and he gave the homily. Fr.Babu Asst. Superior thanked every one.

Birthday Celebration at Kottappuram; distribution of Award On the 3rd August : It was Mr. Wilson who took financial initiative for the distribution of Award. At the state level K.C.Y.M with its Spiritual Director Fr.Jaison efficiently organized the programme of ” Deepashigha ” and Distribution of Award. During the general meeting the award was distributed.

They also distributed 15, 000 leaflets in 9 churches and in the Cathedral. On the 3rd August Fr. Jaison and the core group members arrived at Capuchin Ashram. Fr. Jaison gave the introduction at 7.30 a.m. Fr. Robin, the Superior, the nephew lit the ” Deepashigha ” from the tomb. The priests, the seminarians, the youth, the catechism staff and students and other people who came to the church were present for these functions. Fr. Robin officially lit the ” Deepa shigha ” in the jeep that was kept in front of the church. On the way in 9 churches the ” Deepashigha ” was welcomed. The” Deepashigha ” reached at kottappuram cathedral at 2.45 p.m. at 3.00 p.m. the Mass started. after the Mass there was tea for everybody. Afterwards there was the general meeting during which the award was distributed by His Excellency Rt. Rev.Dr. Francis Kallarakkal the Bishop of Kottappuram. to Mr. Tomy Mathew, the Director of Divya Rakshakalayam, Thodupuzha. Fr. Joseph Pazhambasseriyil, the Vicar Provincial, Egie Parappatt and several others made felicitation speeches.

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