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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


We give thanks to God and praise His Holy Name for the many blessings He has bestowed upon the Allina Clinical Laboratory and all those who have worked and supported their good cause of reaching out to the medical needs of the local community.  It reminds me of Psalm 92 in the Holy Bible a Hymn of Thanksgiving for Godís fidelity. It reads like this:

 ďIt is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your Holy name, Oh! God the Most High, Creator of Heaven and Earth.  To proclaim your love in the morning, your faithfulness in the night, with the ten-stringed harp, with melody upon the lyre. For you make us jubilant, Lord, by your deeds, at the works of your hands we shout for joy.Ē


Day of blessing and inauguration on 0ctober 25, 1998.In the picture from left to right Jerald, their mother, Benny,  Fr. Benjamin, Fr. J.N. Lobo, Fr. Tony ,Steven and Rony.

Yes indeed, I am grateful as I thank God and praise His Holy Name when I look back on the past 10 years of service. The Allina Clinical Lab. has rendered a great service to the local community by reaching out to the medical needs of the people. This good work began a decade ago and continues still in the same spirit of service it had on day one.  No doubt, like any other organization, this was a humble beginning not knowing how they were going to meet their goal of service to the local community. Ten years ago there were no Clinical Laboratories in the surrounding area. Local doctorís had to send their patients to far away places like Udupi, Manipal, etc. just to confirm the diagnosis of their patients before they started treatment. By having a Lab. in the small town of Sastan it has made a big difference in the life of the people and also the doctorís in the surrounding area. I certainly appreciate and thank our doctors such as Dr. Hemanth Kumar and Dr. K.P. Shetty of Sastan, Dr. Tunga of Saligrama, and many others who run their small medical clinics near the Sastan area. Dr. Chitharangan Shetty of Saligrama was a big supporter of the Allina Clinical Lab. A few years ago he returned to God for his heavenly reward and his death was a big loss for all of us who knew him so well.

Anthony Ronald Andrade is the Director of the Lab. After completing his college BSc degree (Bachelor in Science) he continued his education to be a Microbiologist at the Fr. Mullerís Medical College and Hospital in Mangalore and graduated in 1985. Like many other young men he looked for an opportunity to go abroad for a better paid position. He worked in the Almana General Hospital in Saudi Arabia for 10 years. He returned home with a dream to open a Clinical Laboratory of his own so he could serve his community in his hometown. Today that dream is fulfilled with the grace and blessings of God and he is doing very well. He has organized blood camps in various schools and churches and has also given talks to bring an awareness of the needs of each individual to consider going for routine blood tests or liquid profiles to better understand more about their own health. He was recognized for his work at St. Peterís Church in Barkur and also on the Diocesan level.

Fr. Sylvester Dísouza and Most. Rev.Dr. Aloysius Paul DíSouza Bishop of Mangalore appreciate the good work of Rony in a church gathering in Barkur

On the Allina Labs. 10th Anniversary I congratulate him and his staff and wish them the very best in the future.

Pushpa Latha Poojary joined the lab a few years ago. She is a professional lab technician and does very well in handling her patientís needs at any time of the day. She works very hard and I am very much appreciative of her dedication. At times she works alone in an effort to submit patientís reports on time to make sure the doctor receives it so he can proceed with the appropriate treatment.

Laila DíAlmeida is willing to help in the Lab. also. Although she is running the Allina Religious Gift Shop, which is located downstairs, she and Pushapa help each other out as needed. They are also good friends! A few years ago 3 of my parishioners from St. Thomas the Apostle in St. Paul MN (USA) toured India and towards the end of their tour they visited our hometown and paid a visit  to the Allina Lab. in Sastan. They were very impressed to see the progress that had been made in our local community. 

Allina Lab. started a new program for college students interested in learning to be a lab technician, and earn some money as they continue their college education. So far one candidate has responded and her name is Shaila Poojary from Barkur. She is in her 2nd year of college to obtain a B.A. degree. She goes to the National College in Barkur.

Every year on August 15th, Indiaís Independence Day, the Allina Lab. employees take the initiative to celebrate this important day with a patriotic spirit by raising the nationís flag and singing the national anthem. They also invite the neighboring shop owners and friends to participate in this ceremony.  

In conclusion, I want to take this opportunity to wish Anthony Ronald Andrade, Pushpa Laltha Poojary, Shaila Poojary and Laila DíAlmeida my very best and assure them of my prayerful support. May the good works begun 10 years ago continue to grow and serve our community.

Fr. Tony Andrade.

If you have any suggestions, comments, words of appreciations please send to:-Anthony Ronald oAndrade( , Mobile:- 9845916771 ,Fr. Tony Andrade:-  (phone- 651-738-0677)


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