BY Dan McGinty | January 22 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

26 FR Justin Isacc Motherwell

Motherwell welcomes first of new three Indian priests

Motherwell Diocese has welcomed the first of three priests arriving in the diocese from India, where they will serve for much of the next decade.

Fr Justin Isaac—a member of the Order of the Heralds of the Good News—is the first to arrive in Motherwell, and is awaiting an official appointment in the diocese. Two of his brother priests from the order are set to arrive in the near future to join him in his missionary work.

Along with his fellow missionaries, Fr Justin (above) is expected to stay in Motherwell for between six and 10 years.

The order to which the three priests belong was founded in India in 1984 with the mission of meeting the urgent need for priests in traditionally Christian countries. From its humble beginnings in a thatched shed in Eluru Diocese, today it can boast several minor seminaries and two major seminaries preparing young men for the priesthood.

Hundreds of priests now serve the order throughout India and across the world, helping to meet the need first identified by its founder Fr Jose Kaimlett. The Heralds of the Good News was given Papal approval by Pope John Paul II in 1999.Following approval the order continued to grow and today operates a number of schools and welfare projects, including caring for the sick and elderly and ensuring safe drinking water in vulnerable villages.

Missionary work remains at the core of the order’s efforts, however, and while awaiting his appointment Fr Justin—who was ordained in 2002—will be resident in Holy Family, Mossend.

 

—dan@sconews.co.uk

 

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