Letter from Fr. Doss

A Farewell Letter from Fr. Doss,

Dear Parishioners of St. Andrew Parish,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank God for everything he has done in my life.  He raises the poor from the dust, he lifts the needy from the lowly to give them a place with princes, to assign them a seat of honor; for to Yahweh belong the pillars of the earth, on these he has poised the world(1 Samuel 2:8). This is true in so many lives. People in my village tell their children, “Look at Fr. Doss. He lost his parents when he was in 5th grade, and without anyone’s help, he is now in America.” I wonder myself how I could I have managed to come here.

One thing that I know helped is my mother. She knew how to pray boldly. She wasn’t ashamed to pray for the intercession of our Blessed Mother and to all the saints, especially to St. Antony.   After many years God answered her prayers, and I, her youngest son, was able to come to America as a priest. Everyone in my village looks at my life as a great witness of God’s favor. Whenever I go to my village the people there tell me how beautifully my mother prayed. So I ask you, “How have we prayed?” God cares about every need that we have, the big things and the small things. He cares about our health, helping our children, our finances and fulfilling our dreams. Don’t ever think that something is too small to pray about it. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6,)IMG_2071

I thank our beloved Pastor Fr. Romo for his continued wisdom and insight and gentle but firm correction these many years. It’s obvious to me that the Lord brought me here to minister under him. Fr. Romo taught me how a committed priest should be in the parish. I consider these four and half years as an extension of my priestly formation. I have learned a lot of good things from him. Personally, I’m indebted to him for everything he has taught me about ministry, working with people, values, communication and leadership. The person I was back when I first came to St. Andrew and the person I am now are very different. I’ve grown and matured a great deal.   The good times I have gone through as well as the tough times have all taught me to respect him.  I sincerely thank him for empowering me to be successful at St. Andrew parish.
I also thank all the faithful of St. Andrew parish for the many many blessings I have received during my ministry in this parish. I know God has a wonderful plans for each of you. Take care and know that you will continually be in my prayers. Wherever I go, I will take you with me. It always amazes me how things work in the Spirit. Weakness are made into strength, problems are made into solutions, and failures are made into gains. The Kingdom of God works nothing like the kingdom of this world.

What a wonderful journey we have been on together for four and half years. You are my boast. St. Andrew Church is a beautiful church, a great community of wonderful people. I know Fr. Romo loves meeting with you, listening to you praying for you and cares for you. This church is the center of his concern. I know his heart and mind enough to say he is a good pastor for you.

I found myself in the last 6 months answering the same question over and over again. I was asked, “Where are you going next?” Thankfully, starting on January 25, 2016, I will be working in India in one of the parishes. My ordination motto is “To become hope for the hopeless” and I will try to help as many children in India as I can to receive their education. These last four and a half years are the longest that I have been in one place. You are truly rooted in my heart. God bless you and thank you for your love and support.

Your brother in Christ

Fr. S. Arokia doss

 

Holy Spirit Fathers

4-116 Ramanthapur

Hyderabad-Telangana

India- 500013

fatherdoss@yahoo.com

 

 

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