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Father Benjamin Dande returns to India

The Diocese of Dodge City recently bade farewell to Father Benjamin Dande, MSFS, who returned to his native India after having served in the diocese since late 2007.

He was most recently pastor of St. Joseph, Ashland and quasi-parish Holy Spirit, Coldwater. He also served as parochial administrator of St. Lawrence, Jetmore, and St. Anthony, Hanston.

In an earlier interview with the Register, Father Dande said that one of his greatest joys of being a priest was being able to share with people their “joys and sorrows.”

Being “one with the people” wasn’t without its challenges, and Father Dande admitted humbly that he at times felt inadequate.

He decided to pursue his dream of becoming a priest at an early age.

“I grew up in the Catholic boarding schools run by missionary priests and nuns.

And I wanted to be like them, a Missionary Priest. Father Alexander Pasala was my inspiration. He used to encourage me to study well and be a good boy. He used to take me on his motorcycle to remote mission stations of India for the Mass and to visit the sick and elderly.”

Upon his return home, he will be responsible for building a new parish, and he will be able to offer needed care to his aging parents.

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