“It is better to be late than never.” So goes the adage. Two years went by, without a celebration for the silver jubilee of Fr. S. Joseph Henry’s ordination, due to various unavoidable circumstances. His holidays had to be postponed so was the silver jubilee celebration. This year, as everything was clear, he came home for his holidays from USA, and the whole Province was eager to celebrate the silver jubilee of his ordination.
The grace of God works through different ways, as he himself reiterated it during the celebration, which was held on a small level in our Provincialate on 4th September. Around twenty five of our confreres from different communities and a few sisters from the neighbouring convents were present at the Eucharistic Celebration, thanking God for the person of Fr. S. Joseph Henry and praying for him. Just before and soon after the Holy Mass, there were prayer dances (Bharadha Naatiyam), thanks to Fr. A. Jeyaseelan and his troupe.
In the Introduction during the Holy Mass, his own formator, Fr. George Kootinal, gave credit to the Silver Jubilarian, as one who justifies what his name signifies – being a just man before God and men like St. Joseph. He also said that everything about Fr. Henry is simple and ordinary but everything has the touch of God. In the homily, Fr. Henry reflected on the Call of God, personalizing and asking the participants to personalize and live according to the great Call.