The fortunate jubilarians who celebrated in this centenary year are Fr. Matthew Pulingathil (97 years old; 60 years as Priest), Fr. Paulinus Chempalayil and Fr. Joseph Kulathunkal (60 years as Salesians), Fr. Sebastian Thazhekedan (50 years as Priest), Fr. Sebastian Aelavanthara, Fr. Jose Chemparathy and Fr. Tony Pallessery (50 years as Salesians), Fr. Devassy Pallaty (25 years as Priest), Fr. Ashuli Lunuo Linus, Fr. Karamullil Jose George and Fr. Paul Panii (25 years as Salesians).
The day began with joyful songs, welcoming the Jubilarians and the guests which was followed by the Holy Eucharist, presided over by Fr. Paulinus Chempalayil and other jubilarians, priests con-celebrating in it. In his homily, Fr. Kapani Deli David said, “In carrying out the pastoral ministry, priests are called to prolong the presence of Christ, the One High Priest, embodying His way of life and making them visible in the midst of the flock entrusted to their care.”
Proper to its day, after the Holy Eucharist, there was felicitation programmes where the Salesian brothers enthralled the august gathering of priest, religious, faithful and well-wishers at Fr. Bernick Memorial Hall. There were messages from Jubilarians through video presentation since some of them were able to come. Fr. Matthew Pulingathil (oldest priest in the province) encourage everyone to be happy. “If you love your vocation,” he said, “then you will find it easy at every situation to face them. Pray that you persevere and live up to the renunciation you have promised and proclaimed through your vows.”
Fr. Jose Kuruvachira, Provincial, in his congratulatory note expressed his gratitude to the jubilarians and acclaimed them for their services in the province. “Jubilee is the celebration of the providential care and an expression of gratitude. It is a celebration of God’s grace and faithfulness. We appreciate your commitment and dedication in God’s service in these years.” Fr. Nazarius Lakra (Vice Provincial) proposed a vote of thanks and ended the glorious day with solemn feast.