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Late Rev. Fr. John Med laid to rest
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jan. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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The body of late. Rev. Fr. John Med SDB (96) who passed away on January 26 at Don Bosco Imphal, Manipur was laid to rest, Friday at Salesian College, Dimapur.
Most Rev. Dominic Lumon, Archbishop of Imphal who presided over the Requiem Eucharist described Fr. John Med as spiritual with the heart of a disciple. His departure has left a vacuum in the hearts and minds of many, he said.
Assisting him at the funeral mass were Most Rev. Dominic Jala, Archbishop of Shillong and Rt. Rev. Joseph Aind, Bishop of Dibrugarh.
Other import personalities present were Fr. James Poonthuruthil, Salesian Provincial of Dimapur, Fr. Nestor Guria, Vice Provincial, Fr. Jose Palely, Economer, Fr. Carolus N, Vicar General of Kohima, Fr. Belarmine Fernando of Chennai, Fr. Vincent Durairaj of Chennai, Fr. Mathew Pulingathil of Guwahati and Dimapur, Fr. M.P Thomas of Dimapur and around 100 priests and an equal number of nuns, brothers, and 500 faithful joined the funeral function.
Rev. Fr. James Poonthuruthil, Salesian provincial of Dimapur, which covers Nagaland, Upper Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in his sermon described late Fr. Med as a man of deep prayer, who had a special love for Mary, the Mother God.
Born at Prague, Czech Republic on April 13 1916, Fr. Med who witnessed both the world wars in his young age left his own beloved country for India to spread the message of Jesus Christ, said the provincial while narrating Fr. Med’s life.
He further illustrated that Fr. Med was a man who followed the Lord, and who lived a life of austerity, true to his calling.
Late Fr. Med was an educated par excellence, an accomplished musician and a missionary, who pioneered many mission fields starting from South India, erstwhile Madras province to the remotest mission field in northeast especially in Manipur, Fr. James said.
Fr. Med was also known for his accomplished skills who wrote the song book “All You Hills, Praise the Lord” which is used in Catholic Church all over the northeast and also authored serveral books such as ‘My Catholic Faith’ which was later renamed as ‘My Christian life, history of the church’.
Others, who spoke at the funeral programme were Fr. C.C Jose, who spoke on behalf of the community, Archbishop Dominic Jala on behalf of Shillong archdiocese, Fr. Vincent Durairaj on behalf of the southern provinces.
Representing the first batch of aspirants at Tirupattur, Fr. Mathew Pulingathil, spoke on behalf of his batch and other batches that passed through the hands of Fr. John Med. Vice Chancellor of Don Bosco University, Guwahati, spoke on behalf of the novices of Fr. Med. Fr. PX Francis and Fr. Nestor Guria, proposed the vote of thanks to all those who were close to Fr. Med, and looked after him.

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