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Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site Barkur.com, I am Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade better  known as Fr. Tony Andrade. I was born and brought up in Barkur. My primary education was in Barkur. In 1980 I joined the seminary to become priest and was ordained to the Holy Order of priesthood on the 19th of December, 1992. I served a short period of time in Bangalore (India) and then went to the USA to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota. Presently I am the parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit our web site:- www.stthomasap.org).

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our Barkur.com web site. As all of us know the need of spirituality in our daily life. We walk our faith journey trusting in God our creator and we are certain one day we will meet our creator God in Heaven. Meanwhile here on earth we need good insights to enlighten our minds and hearts in our spiritual life. in this column I will write articles which will be short and precise that may help our interested viewers to reflect on their own spirituality. I welcome others also to share their articles and reflections. This column is open to all the faith denominations. What is important is that we inspire each other on our own spiritual journey.

My sincere thanks to Kishoo de Barkur, the designer of this beautiful web site, and for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and reflection on our Barkur.com web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade


God bless our volunteers

Every year the parish family of St. Thomas the Apostle, celebrates a Volunteerís Appreciation Day. This year we celebrated that special day on May 31st.

It amazes me every year, when we reflect on volunteerism, the way people will generously spend their valuable time serving others. All done in the name of God, doing for one another during their earthly journey until the day comes when they return to God for their own heavenly reward.

A few years ago our web site Barkuronline.com was designed and made available to all Barkurians and others interested in knowing about our beautiful community. Just think of the time some of us spend to make this web site attractive and interesting with articles, pictures, wishes to loved ones and much, much more!

Thanks to Kishoo De Barkur our Web Master, for designing this web Site. He is a very dedicated person I am sure he spends enormous amount of time to update the web site  and make it more beautiful with his creative ideas.

I want to thank all those volunteers who have contributed valuable time to share their beautiful talents in writing articles, sending stories, jokes and whatever else that have helped to keep the web site active and alive. This web site has been an opportunity to get back in touch with friends whom we have not had contact with for a long time. I strongly encourage our young people to consider sharing their ideas and articles on this web site. Lately, there were some very nice poems written by Anthony DíSouza.

Let everyone know that the Barkuronline.com web site serves our needs. And now we need to think creatively on how we can make it even more interesting for all. I personally open the web site almost everyday to see if anything new has been posted. We need more volunteers to be generous with their time in contributing to this web site.

Let us pray that God will bless all our volunteers and inspire them with new and creative ideas to share with others on Barkuronline.com.

-Fr. Tony Andrade.

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