From the Pastor's Desk
"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. However, if it dies, it bears much fruit." ~ John 12:24
Greetings of peace and love from Fr. Jesuraj. I hope and pray that you are all fine and doing good. As I always start with my every day with prayers that we are called to be as "one family". I too feel the same. To be a member of a family is a wonderful human experience because we are from the family, as a family of believers, as a family of love and happiness where we can truly experience a spirit of unity and oneness.
I was born and brought up in a very traditional Catholic family. My parents, my parish priest and my Church have given me some insight.
Starting my life from the altar server in the Church, devoted to Mother Mary, St. Joseph and being in the youth committee, I then decided to be a priest.
On January 1, 2022, I came to minister at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Pineville and St. Julian's Church in Middlesboro. I was assigned as Pastor of St. Anthony's and St. Julian by the Most Reverend John Stowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington. A native of Tamil Nadu, India, I arrived in the United States in 2010. I have been in the Diocese of Lexington for 12 years.
"I was born December 25, 1977, in Sindalacherry, Tamil Nadu, India, where my mother, brother, sister, and nieces and nephews still reside. I joined the seminary at the age of 16 and began studying for the priesthood at that time. I was ordained a priest on December 29, 2003, at the age of 26, in Nidadavolu, Andhra Pradesh, India. I was then Administrator of the Heralds of Good News Minor Seminary, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India. Following that, for three years I was studying Master Theology at Saint Paul's Regional Seminary, Trichy. After my time at Saint Paul's, I was assigned as Associate Pastor for three years at Madras Mylapore Archdiocese, Chennai, India.
When I arrived in the United States, I was assigned to work with Father Beiting at the Christian Appalachian Project and served there for three years. After that, I was assigned as Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Saint Boniface in Williamsburg. I am pleased to be here at St. Julian and St. Anthony's and with the wonderful people of Eastern Kentucky.
"Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence." Saint Frances de Sales (1567 – 1622).
I will endeavor to do my best to continue the good works in our community and serve the people of St. Julian and St. Anthony."
MASS, ADORATION, AND CONFESSION SCHEDULE
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM
Thursday 8:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM
Wednesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM or by appointment