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Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site, 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:-

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our 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 web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade

Job well done good and faithful servants.
May you rest in peace now, may you rest in peace…

Paul Andrade Louiza Andrade
12-2-1920 to 24-5-2000 20-12-1924 to 30-12-2004.
Married 15-5-1943.

We are born only once into this beautiful universe that God has designed in such a wonderful way. Therefore, we must enjoy the gift of life God has given us and serve Him whole heartedly. It is up to us on how we live our lives and spend the valuable time God has given us. We do not know the time nor the hour when we will return to God for our heavenly reward to be in His presence for all eternity.

Our beloved Paul and Louiza Andrade lived that gift of life, loving each other and serving God and His people to the best of their ability. Now, may they rest in that heavenly peace that we profess daily in our faith.

Paul and Louiza were better known as Paulubappu and Louizmausi by many of us who know them so well. I remember when I was growing up in a small village in Nagarmutta, located near the town of Barkur, how helpful they were in our local community. If anyone was sick and needed immediate medical attention Paulubappu would willing walk  miles to help the family by bringing the doctor to their house. He would even do this in the middle of the night.

During the late sixties and early seventies there were no good medical facilities for the people of Barkur. We had only one medical clinic in Barkur run by Dr. Sheshageri Rao.

If there was a death or a funeral in the village Paulubappu and Louizmausi were the first ones to visit the grieving family. They would offer their whole hearted support, thereby bringing comfort and consolation to the family.

In those days many celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. were held in the homes. As we all know celebrations like that require much work for the host family in order to make it a success. This wonderful couple were always interested and willing to help plan the celebration, even way ahead of time. They would also gather volunteers to assist with the celebration, thereby helping the host family provide a memorable and successful event for all.

Paul and Louiza Andrade were blessed with 9 children. One of their beloved daughters, Shanti, passed away in the late seventies at a very young age following a long term illness. I was present for her funeral. May she rest in the peace of God’s heavenly kingdom. They were also blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Theirs was a very devout and God fearing family. They instilled in their children true faith in God and a love for the church. Love for their family and love for their neighbors was the hallmark of their daily life.

I happened to be home on vacation when our beloved Paulubappu passed away in May of 2000. I presided over his funeral mass at St. Peter’s Church in Barkur and the final committal rite in the church cemetery close by.

In the same way I was home on vacation when his wife, our beloved Louizmausi died in December of 2004. I administered the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Dying to her in her home. A few minutes after that she passed away. Once gain I was the presider for her funeral mass and performed the burial rite for her.

It was an honor for me to be part of their final journey along with their grieving family. Now, many years have passed since these two wonderful people, who served the community to the best of their ability, returned to the Lord for their eternal reward. We will remember them always because of their selfless service and love for their fellow neighbors.

I am certain our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, said to them as he welcomed them to their eternal heavenly home; “Job well done good and faithful servants. May you rest in peace now, may you rest in peace.”

It is my hope and belief that they are once again together in heaven in the loving arms of our loving and compassionate God.

Fr. Tony Andrade.

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