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(from ONE magazine September 2005)

Passage to India
Posted: 13 Sep 2005

For Robert Coleman, a retired public school administrator in Lutherville, Maryland, sponsoring seminarians through CNEWA is a family tradition. Many years ago, his mother had sponsored an Indian seminarian, Jos Kuruvila, who now serves as a priest in Sultan Bathery, Kerala. Recently, when Mr. Coleman’s seminarian, Samuel Puthupaddy, was to be ordained a priest for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Mr. Coleman decided to attend and, at the same time, renew his acquaintance with Father Jos.

Father Jos not only planned Mr. Coleman’s trip, he arranged for Mr. Coleman to visit with Sister Bency Treasa of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart, whom Mr. Coleman had also sponsored, and Tintumol Thomas, a child Mr. Coleman has sponsored through CNEWA’s needy child sponsorship program.

“Father Jos showed me the country,”

Mr. Coleman said, “but he also showed me – up close – the wonderful work the church is doing in India.”