This morning our new parish priest came to our class to introduce himself. He came to the Vermilion parish over the summer because Fr. Roger moved to a parish in Wetaskiwin. I met Fr. Joy at his first Sunday mass in our church. Today, he told us a bit about his background and where he grew up. Fr. Joy lived in the 23rd largest province in India, called Karela. The province of Karela has a smaller area than the province of Nova Scotia in Canada, but the population of that one province is larger than all of Canada’s population. Fr. Joy said that the apostle Thomas sailed to India to spread Christianity.
Fr. Joy is part of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception which is a congregation of about 500 Catholic brothers and priests. He said, when he was in about grade 5, his sister joined the convent and is now a nun and works as a pediatrician. When he first told his parents that he wanted to be a priest, they told him to finish his education first. After grade twelve, Fr. Joy studied to become a priest. When Fr. Joy came to Canada, he first went to Edmonton and worked in two different parishes, St Theresa then St. Thomas More. After that, he came to the Holy Name Parish in Vermilion.
The red section is Kerala