November 1, 2022 | Your Stories
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Fr. Augusty Valomchalil stands by yard signs spelling out “We love our pastor!” on the front lawn of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Sorgho. COURTESY OF LAVIDA MISCHEL

St. Mary Magdalene Parish celebrates pastor for coming from afar to serve their community

BY LAVIDA MISCHEL, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

Pastor appreciation takes on a whole new meaning when your pastor’s “yes” takes him over 9,000 miles from his family, home, and country to serve your parish. Realizing his sacrifice, on Oct.1 – a beautiful fall day – parishioners at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Sorgho celebrated their pastor, Fr. Augusty Valomchalil, who came from India to serve Catholics in the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky. As our parishes continue to welcome missionary priests, let us all truly appreciate their commitment and sacrifice.

The parish community of St. Mary Magdalene in Sorgho share a meal celebrating their pastor, Fr. Augusty Valomchalil, who came from India to serve Catholics in the Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky. COURTESY OF LAVIDA MISCHEL

Lavida Mischel is the administrative assistant for St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Sorgho.


Originally printed in the November 2022 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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