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Messages from RTU people past and present

  • 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/RTUpeoplepastandpres/fatherantonypaulsamydirectorofrtu1
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    Father Antony Paulsamy, Director of RTU

    India | 1 Nov 2017

     

    In May 1975, I first met Brother, then at Boys’ Village, as a ten year old in need of care and protection. The way I was taken care of was marvellous. Even though there was no family care system in those days, the rooms were just right for 10-12 boys and every two rooms had a warden. Brother was the nurse in those days treating minor ailments and wounds. He would do anything for us to help us feel at home: small picnics, sports and recreation activities, a library, the freedom of worship. On holidays he would let us swim in the open well for hours together. I learned from him the sense of aesthetics which made a very deep impression in me. Not only were we involved in our academic studies but also other work like cleaning, gardening, decoration and serving the poor. We were given the opportunity to serve the poorest people nearby, taking food to those with leprosy (which was then incurable) and sweeping their houses. Brother introduced ‘Sodality of Jesus’ for us and it was voluntary work every Sunday to serve the poor and give them basic household goods. We made a contribution each week from our pocket money to help the poor. Once Brother came for the sodality meeting and declared that he would match our contribution a 100 fold. With that we could buy more plates, mats, bedsheets, baths for the children etc. Even I had my religious vocation seeing his services to the poor. Exactly 33 years later, on 15th May 2008, I stood before him as a Capuchin priest ready to join the leadership team of Reaching the Unreached. Before joining RTU, I had such a longing to do this sort of work. He gave me an opportunity to fulfil my longing and that is the reason I consider my stay at RTU as a privilege and a blessing of God. Although I had had a foretaste of RTU when I was a volunteer for 10 months in 2006, his training in the beginning years was very supportive. Often there would be notes from Brother about the administration. When I conducted the first board meeting, I was so nervous but he encouraged me and supported me. I enjoyed his support, encouragement and appreciation all along until the end. Once I asked Brother, “Brother, most of our buildings’ roofing is made up of coconut rafters which are prone to white ants which we need to repair often and costs us a lot of money”. He replied immediately, “This enables to give work to the local people”. In the month of April at the end of our academic year when the older children moved on to higher education, Brother would urge Mrs Latha, Assistant Director and Head of Childcare, to keep a sufficient stock of clothing to be given to the new children who were to be admitted in the next two months. In May and June he would be very joyful like a little child, when new children were admitted. He insisted that everything should be in tune with the children and their needs. This is the same with the poorest people in our area. His extraordinary sensitivity to the poor made him more totally committed to them. As any sweet attracts the ants, he would attract the children and even the adults. One would be surprised to see him conversing with them in such a very friendly way as if they had known each other forever. We are totally unprepared to part with our dear Brother. He wished that his death should be sudden but we all wanted him to live longer. It was a sort of prayer battle between Brother and his children and grandchildren before God. When we celebrated his birthday in 2016, Brother requested us not to pray for his long life. As usual he won the battle. Unlike other charismatic leaders he prepared a strong team to continue the work. I wonder at his foresight and planning. Having lived with him for past the past ten years and as a young child, I am convinced of his legacy and I am sure he will empower me and us all to march forward. I take all precautions to be tuned to his wavelength. Dear Brother you have not prepared us for your death but certainly you prepared us well to take the responsibility to continue your great work. We are here, already started. Be with us. Since you welcomed thousands of children, God also welcomed you at His right hand with Mother Mary. Pray for us. Father Antony Paulsamy, OFM Cap, Director of Reaching the Unreached

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Messages from RTU people past and present

  • 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/RTUpeoplepastandpres/fatherantonypaulsamydirectorofrtu2
    https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Kimpton/Contributions/Find/RTUpeoplepastandpres/fatherantonypaulsamydirectorofrtu2

    Father Antony Paulsamy, Director of RTU

    India | 1 Nov 2017

     

    Brother James and Father Antony

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