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Fr Joe: there will never be another like you

Kumta, a remote place in Karnataka... my first exposure to SALT during a learning event. There were a few sessions where the facilitator asked us to sit together as staff from organizations. As I had come alone, facilitator suggested I sit with  Fr Joe who was the lone one from his organization People in Need Foundation. He was my dad's generation but was soon to become my teammate and guide in the SALT journey. As our lives intersected for over a decade, some tales to recount...though writing about Fr Joe is heart-wrenching, he deserves a befitting farewell. His profile 
The SALT memories
As a SALT facilitator some of the remarkable things which he did 
The sweet memories
Not only he had a vital role in shaping my SALT journey but some memories which I cannot help but share:
  1. Once I remember he had arranged sweet, juicy famous Nagaland pineapples for us. I loved them and thanked Fr Joe. He had some packed for me to take home:-)
  2. I had the privilege to meet  his wonderful family and enjoyed the most delicious meals by his very lovely wife, Ma'am Alice 
  3. Through him I met and reconnected with some very nice people Adrian, Ankita, Jahanbi, Dr Antoly, Jacinta, Bazo, Jenpui, Maii, Joma, Sana, Bijoya, and many others. 
Lockdown memories
I called him every year to wish him on his birthday in July. This year I was not well and did not wish him...regret it.  I could have heard his voice one more time. 
In Sep'21 he invited me to contribute to a chapter  on SALT  for the book he was writing about his journey
An avid reader, the last photo he shared with me was " My friends during lockdown' 
Bye Fr Joe!
Fr Joe was kind, caring, thoughtful and hardworking member of our India salt facilitation team. He brought people together, cultivated relationships and thus sowed the seeds for numerous productive connections. There are no words enough to thank you, Fr Joe-the storyteller. We were to do many more SALT visits...

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Comment by Nkurikiyinka Valens on December 25, 2021 at 11:14am
Thanks Rituu for these memories!!
Comment by Kausar Skhan on December 23, 2021 at 3:57pm

This tribute has brought Fr Joe to me who did not know him at all... i can sense his presence even though he is not here... thank you Rituu for this touching tribute

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