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    Brother Arockia Doss, FSC

    | 8 Nov 2017

     

    HE CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED. How could one describe this Brother? All the vocabularies in the world are incapable of defining who he was. For HE CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED. The children in RTU experienced him as their visible guardian angel. For all of them he was a demi-god. For the foster mothers, he was a man who helped to find meaning for their ruined lives. For the staff of RTU, he gave job-satisfaction. So proud they are, to be united with RTU. For the villagers around he was a builder and a great water diviner. He was Mother Teresa for the lepers. He was a solace and refuge for the sexagenarians and octogenarians. All these are one man’s incarnation without any coronation. Brother helped me to resurrect from a lost life to lively and meaningful life. He was a God-sent councillor. RTU was my Parmenie and Brother was what Sr Louise was for De La Salle. When I came to him completely shattered, he helped me reconstruct my life. I owe everything I have now, to him. He was my master-builder and good shepherd. When I was admitted to the hospital, he sent a message, "Doss, don’t worry, I have asked my guardian angels to take care of you". On return, I went to thank him. He smiled and said and they would be with me, even after his death. I told him, in that case, I will have four. He smiled and said “be happy”. Today my prayer to him is that his guardian angels should continue to take care of RTU. I only wish that I may be allowed to teach as guest teacher, whenever I find time and to guide all my present and future children of RTU. Thank you very much Thatha, I LOVE YOU STILL. Br. Arockia Doss, FSC

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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Online Book for Brother James Kimpton https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Kimpton/Contributions/Find/India/srishivakumarsecretaryofthegandhigramtrustandrtusauditor
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    Sri Shivakumar, Secretary of the Gandhigram Trust and RTU's Auditor

    UK | 15 Nov 2017

     

    During 1988, I met Brother at the request by one of the funding agencies who asked me to support him in financial matters including auditing. The meeting is still green in my memory. He was standing with a sketch of a building to be constructed and few people were digging the foundations nearby. He greeted me and explained about the proposed building. I asked him about the funding position, expecting to be told of the amount needed and the funding source. He smiled and told me, "When God decides, He provides”. I could not understand that. After about three months, I received a call and went to RTU for the opening function of that building where he proved to me that God had provided. I was astonished to see beautiful buildings with his own low-cost technology. Then learnt his faith in God, and the reality of “when God decides, He provides” which is a moto for RTU and his umbrella of organisations, and a monumental example of his vision. I realised then that Brother was a man of rare distinction, rare in his spirituality, integrity, with the sincerity to commit himself to a cause. He had the distinction of being a resource mobiliser and to utilise the mobilised resources for the cause for which it was raised without wastage. This is a rare distinction and attracted many who funded him with the slightest request to benefit the lives of marginalised people in this part with authenticity. His method of helping is silently supporting projects. The Sowbhagya Illam was facing a financial crisis since the Government had instructed us to accommodate boys and girls younger than 5 years old in separate buildings and we did not have the funds to do this at that point of time. When Brother was spending time with children of Sowbhagya Illam, we explained our problem to him and he listened patiently without any outward reaction. He went around the campus with us two or three times. After a week, the manager of RTU with two contractors came to us in the morning and informed us that Brother had instructed them to construct two buildings side by side and spotted the sight. They wanted permission from us to take measurements and start construction. Later I realised that this was his method. When he wanted to support something, he would help without limit. He constructed the buildings with his own supervision. He always felt that it was not enough to create glorious moments but to ensure that those glourious moments were celebrated, and he joined with the children in opening the building and sharing the moment. This was followed by many more projects supported by him - a prayer hall, many parks for the children and others. This is not the one instant and I personally know that this happened in may cases with many other organisations. He always used to say that our activity and contribution should itself speak. Because of this quality of his, we remember him. When he wanted to recognise his services, he refused this as an individual and instead we had to recognise RTU. I always felt and wondered which of the following causes was most near to him for which he lived - 'the love and care of the children, their education and happiness' or 'to reach the marginalised unreached persons and give them shelter, water and livelihoods' or 'his faith in GOD'. Brother is a path-maker and he has done what others have never done before. He reached the hearts of millions of children, marginalised people, organisations and others who were unreached. Brother Kimpton will forever live with all of them and also with all of us.

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