Spoke his Contemporaries
THUS SPOKE HIS CONTEMPORARIES
No one who has met Fr. Theophane once has been able to forget him. Such was his enthralling personality. Hundreds of people have their testimonies and memories of this venerable religious. Among them a few are selected and included:
Brother Lazar from Calvary Ashram, Trichur:
I can never forget his warm and loving smile!
Brother Ejidius from Loreto Ashram, Muvattupuzha:
When I joined the monastery, I felt no sorrow or loneliness because of the love and warmth of Fr. Theophane's presence. He extended his kindness to the poor and the sorrowful. He helped in the kitchen by washing the plates and cleaning the fish. He was a dedicated confessor and a well-known retreat preacher. He preached more by his life than by his lips and tongue. His spirit of poverty and mortification was the source of his forceful preaching. He slept minimum and he ate minimum; but he was ever ready to do any service to others.
Fr. Fulgens O.F.M. Cap, addresses Fr. Theophane 'the Chief Justice of Kerala Capuchin Mission and says:
There was no quarrel or misunderstanding or transfer-dispute that was not solved by Fr. Theophane. Everyone, whether it be the senior priest or the junior priest or the parishioners, accepted the judgements and decisions of Father. In Narakkal, he solved a hundred-year old case.
Rev. Dr. Daniel D' Souza from Holy Family Clinic, Brahmvar, Karnataka:
One thing he could never tolerate was injustice. Equally he hated hypocrisy. Hence, some rich men of Kottagiri found him annoying. But, the poor always flocked around him.