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    Fr Charles Alphonse, former Capuchin Provincial of Tamil Nadu

    India | 27 Nov 2017

     

    Continued from previous page A SPIRITUAL GIANT WITH A MOTHERLY TOUCH The secret behind his generous service is his spiritual life. He was a very devout religious belonging to the community of Christian brothers, called De la Salle Brothers. Being a great artist he has designed his own picture of Mother Mary and every home in RTU will have the image of that tender mother. It might have been the source of his paternal caring ability and maternal tender heart inside. Father Paulsamy and the staff have said that he would also very often eat with the children squatting on the floor. And we used to see him sitting at the veranda of his office gratefully gazing at the children entering and returning to their homes after schooling. Can we imagine his care that he could note that if some children are missing from the group of around thousand children? Yes a brother with a mother’s heart can recognise them. His design included that every home in RTU would have a mother (most often she herself was abandoned or a widow) with 5 to 7 children of different age groups to care for. The intention of Brother was that children should experience a maternal touch and be nurtured by love. It is true that love is a great power to transform all who experience it and particularly children need that often. SIMPLICITY WITH BIG GENEROSITY The whole campus of RTU is filled with a touch of striking simplicity but yet a very homely atmosphere and housing structure. In our multi-story building culture he had a different mindset of building humble and simple homes which carried deep love in contrast to mighty buildings of modern society which sometime lack a personal touch. Although simple, each house at RTU has everything a child needs to grow in love, wisdom, learning, spirituality, values and sharpness. Interestingly, even the play toys and objects for children were also so simple and innovative. There is a big cement pipe in the corner of the playground and one of the staff told me it was meant, in the mind of Brother James, for the children to play around, go inside and out. A GREAT HEART OF TOUCHING SIMPLICITY Running a number of institutions to cater for the needs of the children is not an easy task. And much more than that is the challenge of caring for them when they reach teenage and beyond. On the one side today RTU can proudly stand up for its grown-up children well settled in society with dignity, education and family to belong to. And on the other side there were moments of uncertainty, crisis, struggles and opposition. I have seen the resilience of Brother at the face of opposition and crisis. We saw his serene but very responsible stand in times of need that proved him to be a transformative leader. He used to dress up in a very simple pyjama, with a very pleasant blue colour, associated with Mother Mary, his Mother of faith, and wore a warm captivating smile with a touch of humour. He was a model for serenity, generosity and integrity. Although he did so much for others he had very little things for his own use and to claim as his own. Most often he would be seen taking food with the children and staying with the poor even while he was ageing. His leaving this world is a big loss for RTU and to humanity at large. But he was thoughtful in creating noble people to continue his work. Let us pay our homage to this great Father of Humanity and follow his inspiration to live a life of generosity and selfless service to the needy. Do visit RTU to get the glimpse of the spirit and goodness of Brother James Kimpton, a ‘Purna-rhythmic Brother and GrandFather’. Father Charles Alphonse, Former Capuchin Provincial of Tamilnadu Amala Annai Province

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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/mrpdeenadayalansecretaryofmaitriandboardmemberofrtu
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    Mr P Deenadayalan, Secretary of MAITRI and board member of RTU

    India | 30 Nov 2017

     

    I am sure that whenever we look back to our memories they will surely make us smile or laugh. The old year, 1988, that was the first time I met this gracious man Brother James Kimpton, will not be forgotten. He was a strong supporter of MAITRI; in fact he only laid the foundation stone to our Children’s Village, which has now grown as a banyan tree. He will always be remembered as a great supporter of our children. Remembering you Brother, for your love and compassionate attitude towards helpless people. We and our children stand as witness for that. His contributions to the field of child development are unquestioned, and are reflected in his outstanding reputation and many awards and honours. I'll stop here, but honestly, I could go on for far, far longer. I remember an elegy that says: “God looked around his garden And He found an empty place. He then looked down upon this earth, He put his arms around you And lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful He always takes the best”. We certainly believe that “ He lived to Die, but Died to Live Eternally”. P Deenadayalan, Secretary of Maitri in Koduvilarpatti and board member of RTU

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