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I, Joseph (Jose) Panakkalody, am a Franciscan Capuchin from Kerala-India. I belong to the Province of the Pavanatma (Holy Spirit) of the Capuchins. This Province spreads in the North-West of the State of Kerala. Our Province was erected around ten years back by bifurcating the St. Joseph Province of Kerala. I am here in America under a contract between the St. Joseph Province of the Capuchins in America and the Pavanatma Province back home.
People whom I meet in the Solanus Casey Center often ask me, “Did you choose to work here or did your superiors send you.” The answer is, it is the decision of my superiors that I come here and work. People who know about the Capuchin friars might know that we vow obedience to our superiors. Therefore, when one is asked to go somewhere and work he goes and when one is called back he returns home. And the next question people ask me is, “Do you like America and work here with the Capuchins?” Of course, I do; because I see the friars everywhere humane, loving and caring, and so do here.
Rosa Parks Youth program recently just ended its Summer Peace Camp with an amazing graduation celebration. At the graduation, we premiered a film entitled “We Matter,” which was created by the Rosa Parks Youth program teens and the Get Ahead Stay Ahead Project.
I would like to share a statement from my Adrian Dominican Congregation of sisters. July 21, 2017, Adrian, Michigan The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in solidarity with the people of Detroit.
Recently, one of the men who comes to the Wed. prayer session at the Meldrum site brought his five-year-old granddaughter. We were talking about Matthew’s Gospel (7: 15-20) message that you can tell a good tree by its good fruit, and a false prophet pretends to be good but will attack you. Participants were sharing how they saw the good fruit in others and in themselves. Then, I asked the little five-year-old girl, “What is your favorite thing about your grandpa?”