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Fr Joseph to Be Laid To Rest At Burma Camp May 24

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BELLARY, MAY 23: Fr. Joseph Arikiam (37), who died in a tragic road accident May 21 near Harihar will be laid to rest in Burma Camp parish cemetery at 9.30 am on May 24.

As per the information given by Bishop Henry D’Souza, the mortal remains of Fr. Joseph will be taken from the VIMS morgue at 4.00 am and brought to Kowtal parish where he has been serving as parish priest.

After the Holy Mass for the dead and paying of respect by the parishioners, the coffin will be taken to Burma Camp church, his native place in Raichur district.

After the funeral mass and last rites, the mortal remains will be interred in the parish cemetery, near his beloved mother’s tomb.

Meanwhile his sister who is a religious nun in the Missionaries of Charity congregation, is expected to reach Bangalore this evening. The funeral was delayed in order to make it possible for her to be present at the funeral of her brother.

Sr. Kanti, the headmistress of Kowtal school who was seriously injured in the road accident has been shifted to St. John’s National Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore. She continues to be in a serious condition in the ICU.

Sr. Nirmala and the vehicle driver have been admitted to Sisters of Charity hospital in Dharwad, where they are recovering.

Fr. Joseph’s body was brought to Bellary after the post mortem at Malebennur, near Hariahar by Vicar General Fr. Chowrappa and Fr. Paulraj at about 8.15 pm.

It was received by the Bishop, the clergy, the religious and the relatives with great shock and grief. A large number of people paid respects to the dear departed.

After the Holy Mass in the St. Anthony’s Cathedral, the mortal remains have been kept in the VIMS morgue, awaiting the funeral service.

 
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