Father solomon looks forward to gaustadt
Sunday marks the beginning of the parish st. Josef now officially enters a new phase of community life in the gaustadt district of bamberg. After pastor matthias wunsche moved to erlangen, on 1. September his successor, father solomon sahayaraj MSFS, began his service as parish administrator.
At a festive service at 5 p.M. In the parish church of st. John the baptist, he will be inaugurated. Josef to be inaugurated by dean pastor gunter hofer. This was followed by a reception for all parishioners in the church square or, in bad weather, in the parish hall.
Born in 1975 in the state of kerala in south india, the priest approaches his new task in good spirits, trusting, as he writes in his parish letter, in jesus christ "who offers himself to each one of us as a chief, as a captain, who wants to guide us to the safe harbor.
For four years in germany
he clergyman, who prefers to be called just father solomon for simplicity's sake, comes from kerala, an indian state strongly influenced by the catholic faith. In india itself, only 2.5 percent of the population professes christianity. Attending a school run by nuns made him think about becoming a priest, and in 1992 he entered the seminary in goa.
Five years later he became a member of the order "missionaries of saint franc de sales" (MSFS). Between his studies in philosophy and theology, the clergyman also completed an apprenticeship in the metalworking industry. After his ordination as a priest in 2005, he worked for a time as head of the printing department at the institute of the order in nagpur, central india. Sahayaraj came to germany four years ago, first to rehau near hof, then as a chaplain to neunkirchen am brand. The last two years he was active as a chaplain in herzogenaurach.
Father solomon looks forward to his new tasks in the gaustadt parish. He is also optimistic about working with people of other nationalities who represent the district. In herzogenaurach, he has already had to deal with people of other religions and different cultures.
Even at his new place of work, the clergyman wants to maintain contact with his confreres. The conversation with the indian sisters who run the senior center st. Managing josef and working there will always bring him a little closer to home.
And if there is still some time left besides the many new tasks to be tackled, the new pastor, who is also interested in sports activities, among other things, may be traveling in germany. In his free time he liked to visit interesting places here in the country and abroad, but also places of pilgrimage.