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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

Dear Lawrie, my friend, may you rest in peace in Heaven in the presence of the living God. 


(Lawrie, may you rise with a Risen Lord and experience the eternal life)

Life and death is part of our life.  We celebrate and rejoice when a new life is born into a family and we become sad and sorrowful when someone departs from this world to the Father to that eternity to be in the presence of our living God. A few days ago we celebrated the beautiful feast of Easter. The  feast of Easter is a feast of  Hope, of eternal life to be  forever in heaven where there is no more sorrow, weeping or pain but only joy and peace in the presence of God our creator, the God of our life. Jesus, in the gospel of John chapter 14 verses 1-6, promises us saying;” In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  I go and prepare a place for you. Where I am there you will be also because you have put your faith and trust in me”.

Lawrence Sequeira put his faith and trust in the Lord and embraced him as a savior of his life I am sure today he is experiencing  that newness of life in heaven. He was our friend, brother and a fellow Barkurian was also one of the very best from our parish of St.Peter the Apostle in Barkur.  He has completed his faith journey in this world and has returned to God, for his final resting place. I recall the days of knowing this prominent figure of our parish who shared his wonderful talents for the good of our parish and the local community.  He lived a very short life of only 48 years but his contribution to the community is so much more. He was a true blessing for the Youth Movement in its infants stage in the late 70’s in our church in Barkur.  He will be remembered always in the hearts of everyone of us. My heart felt sympathy to his beloved wife, Wilma, and the entire Sequeira family. May the Risen Lord send his Holy Spirit to comfort and console your sorrowing heart and wipe away the tears from your eyes and fill your heart with His peace. My prayerful hope is that our Lawrie is in good hands and in a wonderful dwelling place the Lord has prepared for him in heaven. May he rest in peace. This Sunday I will offer a mass for the repose of his soul in my church here at St. Thomas the Apostle.

Fr. Tony Andrade and the parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle church in St. Paul, MN (USA).

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