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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. Served  parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit web site:- Presently I'm the Parish Priest of  church of St. Pascal Baylon  with 1200 families and also a good school with 300 children from K.G.  to 8th grade. Web site is

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

“For the faithful, death is not an end rather a beginning to a new life”.
Job well done good and faithful servants may you rest in peace now
May you rest in peace.

Baptist D’Souza                     Annie (Cornelio) D’Souza
 Born:-25-12-1916                 Born:-12-05-1926.
     Died: - 01-5 -2009                Died: - 18-02-2002.
Married in 1944

Life and death is part of our life. All of us who are born in this beautiful universe designed and created by God will die one day and return to God for our eternal reward to be in the presence of our loving God and all those whom we loved during our earthly life.  We do not know when and how we will be called out of this world to rejoice in that heavenly glory. So we remain prepared always as our Lord Jesus tells us in the Gospels.

Our beloved Baptist and Annie D’souza lived that beautiful gift of life loving each other and loving others. They were the people of service to the community. I knew this couple and they knew me from my childhood. We were immediate neighbors in our small village, Nagrmutta, in the town of Barkur. Baptist D’Souza (better known as Batthi Bappu) was well respected in our community by people of all faiths and religions. He reached out to the needs of each and everyone who sought his help. He worked in the Gulf countries for many years and then returned home to care for his family.  He and his beloved wife, Annie (better known as Annie Mausi), were blessed with 3 children. Gracy, Richard and well known banker of our time Harry D’ Souza. They raised their children with love and respect and were a model for others on the importance of teaching children to be good citizens in our society and nation. They were grandparents and also great grandparents.

Baptist D’Souza was an important figure in my home parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Barkur.  He was appointed “Vadyacho Gurkar” by the parish priest in the late sixties and early seventies. He held this important responsibility for many years and served the parish community to the best of his ability. In those days there were no church halls or public halls for wedding receptions, family celebrations or special community events. All celebrations were held in the homes of families which meant lots of work and lots of coordinating with volunteers from the local community to make sure the celebration of family and community events were successful. Sometimes there were conflicts and misunderstandings within the family members and invited guests. Also, there were problems with some trouble makers drinking too much alcohol, getting drunk and causing problems. So the role of the Gurkar was like a policeman making sure that law and order was maintained and the peace maintained. The drunkards used to hide when they heard the stern voice of Baptist D’Souza!

The strict and tough Gurkar at the same time was very kind and compassionate to the people when a family faced a death or serious illness. He was the first to comfort and console a grieving family at the loss of a loved one and was always available to help obtain immediate medical attention for the sick and suffering. In spite of being busy with his own personal affairs he would make himself available to families when they needed his presence and help.

Baptist served as an excellent vice-president of local Panchayat for 5 years. He was able to make much progress in the villages and in the town of Barkur. When he retired fully from all the activities he had been a part for years, he relaxed at home and lived a good and long life of 93 years. Although in his last days he suffered a great deal he never complained. In his quiet and gentle way he carried the cross of his suffering with the Lord Jesus whom he put his faith and trust in. With deep faith and love in his heart he continued to celebrate those beautiful sacraments of the church, a first priority in his life. On a wonderful day of May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the worker, God called him home to his eternal reward in the kingdom of peace where there is no more sorrow, weeping or pain but only joy and happiness in the presence of God Almighty. He performed many good work in the vineyard of the Lord here on earth so finally God said; “enough is enough my good and faithful servant come home to experience eternal peace.”

Annie D’Souza (Annie Mausi) was very generous in sharing whatever she had with others especially those who had little or next to nothing. Her principles of life were: LOVE, CARE AND SHARE. When we LOVE someone we CARE for them and then we SHARE what we have because of that love.

She was a woman of deep faith and prayer. She was a source of encouragement and inspiration to me when I felt my calling to the priesthood. Indeed she put into practice all her life what Jesus teaches us in the Gospels “love of God and love of neighbors”. She completed her life journey on February 18, 2002. As St. Paul says in his letter to Timothy 4:6-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” May she rest in peace.

I admire and appreciate the love and care their beloved son Harry D’Souza (Harry Bab) and their daughter-in-law, Shaila, showed them in their last years of life. They served them with great patience and love until their death at home. In this fast moving modern world children often look for Nursing Homes( home for the aged or old age homes)  to place their elderly, sick parents until they die. This frees them of that obligation to care for them in those difficult days of old age. As a result there are more and more Nursing Homes or Elder Care Homes multiplying and growing in numbers just like mushrooms growing in the backyards. But Harry and Shaila took care of their elderly parents at home in a loving way and by doing so set a good example for others to do the same.

It was my honor to know them since I was a child. Every year when I went home on vacation I would visit them and receive their blessings.  Now this wonderful couple, who served the community so well, have 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 as they entered the gates of heaven, our Lord God welcomed them saying; “Job well done good and faithful servants. Come and rejoice in my heavenly kingdom of peace and joy.” It is my hope and belief they are once again together in heaven in the loving arms of our compassionate God.

Fr. Tony Andrade (

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