missio congratulates Bishop Joseph Arshad on his Priestly Silver Jubilee

25. Jubiläum von Bischof Joseph Arshad

25. Jubiläum von Bischof Joseph Arshad

His Excellency Dr. Joseph Arshad, Bishop of Faisalabad gracefully celebrated his PRIESTLY SILVER JUBILEE on 1st November 2016 to bless the Lord with endless gratitude at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Faisalabad. 

On this auspicious occasion, nearly one hundred priests from Faisalabad and neighboring dioceses con-celebrated the Jubilee Mass with Bishop Joseph Arshad. His Grace Msgr. Sebastian F. Shaw, the Archbishop of Lahore and Fr. Benjamin Shahzad, the Rector of Christ the King Major Seminary, the Capuchin and Dominican Provincials,  Fr. Nadeem Francis, and Fr. Pascal Paulus  assisted him at the altar. There were 150 hundred nuns present and 2,000 faithful attended the Holy Mass

The Celebration matched one of superb festivities. To this end, the organizing Committee had casted off no effort in the planning and preparation of the said celebration. It passed over no conceivable features to bestow splendor to the event. Nevertheless, a lion’s share of the contribution put in the success of the occasion by the members of preparatory teams consisting of the Vicar General, Fr. Kamran Taj, Fr. Patrick OP, Fr. Nadeem John, Fr. Zafar Iqbal, Fr. Pervaiz Gulzar, Fr. Francis Lazarus, Mr. Francis Yousaf and Mr, Farhan Lawrence, the Diocesan Caritas Executive Secretary, may also be not overlooked and are much appreciated. They all remained vigilant and on their heels right from the start till the ending of the holy event.

The sanctifying event commenced at 10.30 a.m. with warm reception to His Excellency. St. Joseph’s School band escorted him from the main entrance of the Cathedral to the entrance of Bishop’s House amongst mesmerizing beats of the drums, pleasing jingles of the bells and ecstatic tones of the flutes. As the Most Esteemed Celebrant appeared amidst the clergy, the religious and the faithful gathered together at Bishop’s House entrance, they warmly welcomed him with seething excitement. Thereafter, the Prelate was pompously led for the Jubilee Mass into the Cathedral in a solemn procession of the faithful, the clergy and the altar ministers. After the entrance hymn, Fr. Aftab James Paul gave detailed introduction of the celebration highlighting the accomplishments of the Celebrant and invited the assembly to devotedly pray for him by taking active part in the Jubilee Service. After a brief pause of silence, the Holy Eucharist was celebrated in a divinely environment. The skilled choir created heavenly atmosphere during the service.

Bishop Joseph Arshad created pin drop silence by telling his life story’s savory and fulfilling spells. He elaborated how prayer and persistence helped him overcome the ups and downs in his way. He subtly unfolded to his audience that persistence, prayer and hard work result in success. He requested the congregation to continue to pray for his priestly ministry so that he may faithfully serve the Lord and His people till the end.

Before the final blessing, Rev. Fr. Pervez Emmauel, read the Messages respectively sent by His Holiness Pope Francis, His Excellency Archbishop Ghaleb Moussa Badar, Apostolic Nuncio in Pakistan and His Excellency Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, Secretary General of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. Rev. Fr. Kamran Taj, on behalf Bishop Arshad thanked all for joining him on the occasion of his priestly Silver jubilee and expressed his gratitude to all different committee members and all other people who in different ways contributed to the success of this great event.

Addressing the participants Mr. Cicil Shane Chaudhary, director of NCJP shared, “Firstly I congratulate His Excellency Dr. Joseph Arshad, bishop of Faisalabad on completing 25 years of his episcopal ordination. It is indeed a moment of great joy for his congregation, the Church and us since we are fortunate to have him as the Chairperson of NCJP, someone who in these years has not just served his people but has also acquired a vast international exposure as a Vatican Diplomat. His vision and guidance is a source of encouragement for the team at NCJP and we wish him many more years in his service to God and His people.”

Talking to Missio-Aachen, Mr. Shahid Anwar, diocesan coordinator at NCJP Faisalabad said, “I wholeheartedly congratulate His Excellency Bishop Dr. Joseph Arshad on his priesthood silver jubilee and pray that God bless him in his priestly ministry and wish a cherished life in the service of the Lord and His people. Since the episcopal ordination of Mgr. Dr. Joseph Arshad as bishop of Faisalabad diocese I found him very disciplined and dedicated. He is also serving as the Chairperson of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) and has been leading and guiding the commission through his divine wisdom and diplomatic skills. He has very good managerial skills and always believes in teamwork. He wants Faisalabad diocese to be an ideal diocese of Pakistan and for this purpose he is continuously working day and nights, and I believe that one day his dream will come true with his devotion and hard work.”

At the end of the Holy Eucharist, the people presented their token of love to their iconic shepherd expressing their deep love to him. The gift ceremony was followed by the second procession towards the Sacred Heart School auditorium for variety show and cake cutting ceremony that was concluded at 3.30 p.m. Then all enjoyed the festive lunch.

Report:  S. Sheeky  

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