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New to the U.S., Indian priest impressed by his Kansas welcome

By David Myers
Southwest Kansas Catholic

When Father Aneesh Parappanattu, MSFS, stepped off the plane in Wichita “either very late Feb. 9 or very early Feb. 10,” it was his first time in the United States.
“Everything is new,” he said a few days later at the Mass for Consecrated Life at St. Andrew Parish in Wright. “The climate is new; driving on the right side of the road is new. The food is new.”
And yet, the young priest from India felt oddly at home after setting foot in southwest Kansas. Offsetting all the new experiences were the friendly, smiling, and welcoming people of southwest Kansas.
“I am so impressed with the welcoming nature of the people,” he said, smiling. “I feel at home.”
Father Aneesh arrived from his native India literally following in the footsteps of his close friend, Father Prakash Rao Kola, who had arrived just a month earlier. As Father Prakash moved out of the rectory after a month-long orientation at St. John the Baptist Parish in Spearville to serve as parochial administrator in Ashland and Coldwater, Father Aneesh moved in.
Father Aneesh was ordained a priest of the order of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales on Jan. 9, 2010.
His parents were farmers, growing coconut, pepper, cashews and rubber. He has one brother.
When a child, Father Aneesh served in a Catholic organization, the Mission League, which called upon youngsters in seventh to tenth grade to serve the poor by building and repairing homes, collecting clothes and linens, and offering prayer.
“We also were altar servers,” he said. “Our parish priest was such a nice person. He was inspiring, engaging and understanding. He supported me and was the source of inspiration in my life, and still is, even today.”
When asked if he was surprised by his bishop’s request to come to the United States, Father Aneesh explained that because he is a “Religious” priest rather than a diocesan priest, the request came from his provincial superior rather than a diocesan bishop.  
“Yes, it was a surprise,” he said.
Like Father Prakash, Father Aneesh will serve a month-long (approximately) orientation in Spearville before being assigned to another parish. In the mean -time, he will most likely encounter several other interesting, new experiences as he gets to know southwest Kansas and its people. (Bierocks and mutton-busting come to mind.)
And he will enjoy one of his favorite sports, basketball, with another basketball enthusiast, his host, Father Rene Labrador, pastor at St. John the Baptist in Spearville.    

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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