Fr. Varghese Kalapurakudy

A country priest comes to Kakinada, finding joy with his people in Christ's Sacred Heart.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Birthday Wishes for Fr. Varghese

Two young dancers from his mission gave
the gift of classical Indian dance to Fr. Varghese
(second from right) and his faithful,
after Mass on Fr. Varghese's September 11 birthday.

Area families, orphans, and widows
celebrated Fr. Varghese's birthday with a
special meal at Sacred Heart Mission.

Fr. Varghese celebrated his September 11th birthday by offering a meal to his faithful, orphans and widows, and to poor fishermen's families who live along the coast. He gave saris to needy widows and celebrated Mass with four visiting priest friends from his Diocese of Visakhapatnam.

Friends in the U.S. sent this birthday greeting.
Young friends in the U.S. helped create and messaged a "Happy Birthday" greeting to Father, and sent gifts to help provide groceries and supplies for the festivities. Fr. Varghese received the vestments from a U.S. pastor who graciously shared them from his closet, while Fr. Varghese visited America this summer. Fr. Varghese distributed the vestments among his fellow mission priests on his special day.

Happy Birthday, Fr. Varghese!
A pastor in America shared vestments from his closet for
Fr. Varghese to bring home.
A visiting priest friend brought along this balloon.

Birthday gifts included a sharing of saris with mission widows.

Children line up join Fr. Varghese for a birthday meal.

Fellow missionaries traveled to Sacred Heart Mission to
concelebrate Mass on Fr. Varghese's birthday.