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Father Jayapalan Raphael SDB thanks the Salesians of INM

Feb. 1. 2017 , MATTHEWS Dominic.  My dear confreres, Affectionate greetings from the Provincial House! As I come to the end of my term as Provincial, I would like to express, through this circular, my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you, dear confreres, for the sentiments of love and appreciation and the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that you have extended to me. Frankly I can say, ``You have touched me and I have grown``. In all honesty I can say that I have tried to add ``my little drop`` to the ocean of the province every day. As I look back at these past six years, I feel so humbled to realize how the good Lord accompanied me during these years and did such wonders in the province in spite of my personal limitations and unworthiness. All along I have felt the love, appreciation, and the support of you, my dear confreres. Often I used to recall the words of Father. Pascual Chavez when he asked me to be the Provincial, six years ago: ``The confreres want you and the Province needs you.`` Those words were always a source of strength and comfort for me.

Now as I hand over the baton to Fr. Jose Kochamkunnel, I do feel a great joy in my heart because I know he is God`s chosen one for us. He had been the Vice Provincial earlier and he knows the province and the confreres well. His wide pastoral experience and his personal goodness, besides the many other sterling qualities he has, will stand in good stead as he takes up the reins of the province. I wish him a rich and fruitful ministry that will take the province to still greater heights, for the glory of God and the good of souls, particularly of the young and the poor.