basant2Province of Chennai, India: Deacon Basant Kispotta who suffered a partial paralysis from an attack of meningitis in 2005, which left him ever since on a wheel chair, was ordained a Priest on 20th January 2013. He was ordained together with his younger brother Anil Kispotta, a Jesuit, by His Eminence Telephone P. Cardinal Toppo. His home parish, St.Mary’s Church at Mandar in the state of Jharkhand prepared for the event with much enthusiasm and joy.

Basant who joined the seminary in 1993 suffered the illness during his first year of theology in Kolkotta. In spite of advanced medical support, he could not regain the capacity to walk by himself. Basant continued his formative journey on a wheel chair with in cheer and completed his theology in 2012.

basant1The congregation that gathered for the ordination was touched by the way Claretians supported Basant during his illness and nurtured his vocation. The positive attitude of Basant towards his physical handicap testifies to God’s love and goodness amidst the tragedies of life. The new priests offered their first mass at Sargawon , their native village, on 21st January 2013. The story of Basant is an example of unabated enthusiasm to serve the Lord both in health and illness. Indeed, nothing can daunt a missionary in his commitment to Christ crucified and risen.

– Reported by Fr. Winner cmf