29th April 2024, Tripura: In a gesture of love and gratitude to Late Fr. Mathew Payyapilly SDB, twenty five Salesians and the members of the Salesian family in Tripura, along with Pre-novices, well-wishers, friends and teachers, gathered together on 29th April 2024 at 6:30 pm in Bosco Home Herma and prayed for the departed soul of Fr. Mattachan SDB who worked for over six long beautiful and fruitful years forming, guiding and mending the lives of young pre-novices who are the future of our congregation and of the Church. This memorial programme for (L) Fr. Mattachan SDB was coordinated and organized by Fr. Babu Stephen SDB. The programme consisted of a meaningful Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Sebastian Palatty SDB, the Ordination companion of (L) Fr. Mattachan and a beautiful and inspiring homily by Fr. Paul Panachickal. After the Mass, there was a short program in the hall during which several Salesians, including Fr. Isaac, Fr. Remol, Fr. Blasius, Fr. Sunny, Fr. KK Joseph, Fr. Christopher, Fr. Hubert, Fr. Balan, Bro. Alex, Fr. Suman, and Fr. Babu, shared their fond memories, friendships, experiences, and the admirable qualities of Fr. Mattachan. Confreres, in expressing their emotions, mentioned that they still couldn't believe Fr. Mattachan is no longer with them. It was a very heart touching evening we all had in honour of Fr. Mattachan. A well-prepared video presentation on the life and works of Fr. Mattachan by Fr. PJ Joseph SDB, the Director of Peace Centre Agartala, touched everyone and brought to light the spirituality and sanctity of Fr. Mattachan. Everyone felt and experienced the closeness and generosity of Fr. Mattachan. The evening programme ended with dinner. Fr. Babu thanked everyone for their presence and availability and in a special way he thanked the community of Bosco Home Herma for hosting this programme.

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