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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

Dear web site browsers here is a article for you to read and to know how the Police Dogs serve  the public in America and some day retire  from its active duty. Please read.

Healing Ministry of “Buzz” a K-9 Police Dog

A few months ago I visited one of our young parishioners at St. Paul Children’s Hospital. After a brief conversation with the patient and her parents we celebrated the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. In looking around her room I noticed it was decorated with lots of pictures and get-well cards made by her friends. I also spotted on the wall a picture of a police officer with his K-9 dog and signed by Mike Ernster. I was surprised because I know Mike and his family very well. They are members of St. Pascal Baylon parish, their two children attend our school and they are involved in various parish and school activities.

Officer Mike began this wonderful ministry of visiting Children’s Hospital with his companion dog, “Buzz,” long ago. They go once a month to bring a healing touch to the sick children. Children have a very special love for animals. Pets become an integral part of our families and build a special relationship with each member.

When well behaved and disciplined Buzz walks with his master into the children’s hospital rooms their eyes light up and they get to touch and pet Buzz. Everyone looks forward to and enjoys those monthly visits including the hospital nursing staff. What a great stress reliever this nice, friendly dog is to all. But Buzz is also very smart and quick when called into action by Mike to assist in catching the bad guys and bringing them to justice. We are proud of the St. Paul Police Department’s award winning K-9 unit as they assist our brave Police Officers in protecting us from harm and violence.

In April Mike and Buzz visited St. Pascal’s School. The children had a great time having Buzz in their classroom and Mike gave a brief demonstration and answered their questions.

I personally met Buzz on St. Patrick’s Day when Mike came to the school office to pick-up his children , Adam and Sidney  to walk with him in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. When Buzz saw me enter the office he immediately became very alert and serious. After a few sniffs though, Buzz realized Fr. Tony was a good guy and became very friendly and allowed me to touch and massage his ears.

Recently I was told by Mike and his daughter, Sidney  that Buzz will retire from the K-9 unit on Saturday, May 28. In the name of St. Pascal’s Parish and School Community I want to thank Mike and his companion, Buzz, for their dedicated public service to our city and wish Buzz a happy retirement and many relaxed days in the Ernster family home.

If anyone wants to support the K-9 unit with their generous contributions you  may do so.  Tax deductible donation accepted by:

St. Paul Police K-9 foundation

PO Box 17008. St. Paul MN-55117.

-Fr. Tony Andrade

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