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Congratulations Pastor VK Macwana on the appointment as a Pastor of Neshaony United Methodist Church.

Congratulations Pastor VK Macwana on the appointment as a Pastor of Neshaony United Methodist Church.

Pastor VK Macwana

VK Macwana to serve Hulmeville: Neshamony

VK was born & raised in Palaj-Gujarat-India but moved to the United States in 1999. As a young adult, VK helped organize gospel camps, discipleship training camps, various retreats, mission trips, and conducted Bible studies. He currently works as an IT Computer Executive but has a passion for serving others and following Jesus’ footsteps. He serves as a Christ Servant Minister and Lay Leader at Morrisville United Methodist Church. He is also an active participant at the Laity Academy and attends all classes and conferences Laity Academy. He is among those leaders who easily combine local spiritual enlightenment and the quest for human flourishing. He is passionate about kingdom growth and the transformation that can take place in individuals and organizations. This past decade, he became more involved in evangelism to many different multi-language cross-culture churches. He served as a guest speaker and works in different committees at different leadership levels.

Congratulations and wish you all the best.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Pragnya Mecwan, on April 1, 2022 at the age of 53.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Pragnya Mecwan, on April 1, 2022 at the age of 53.

Pragnya Mecwan

Loving wife to Sanjiv. Cherished mother to Rhythm, Tarj, and Varunjit. Dear daughter to Chimanbhai and Premilaben. Adored sister to Rita, Jagruti and Sheetal. Dear daughter-in-law to Madhukar and Vimlaben and to sister-in-law Shital. Pragnya dedicated her life to taking care of her children, family, and friends through whom her memory will live on. Her positive, soft-spoken, and gentle personality will be missed by all of her family and friends who will carry her dreams into the future

Pragnya obtained her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Bioscience with a specialization in Botany along with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She was a lecturer at the RPTP College of Sciences in India. She was gifted in the visual arts, music, and interior design. Pragnya lived a healthy lifestyle whose love of nature, spirituality, and meditation made her an inspirational person and a positive influence to all those who knew her.

Pragnya crossed continents from India to the West to build a new life with her husband, Sanjiv. Together they had two beautiful children in Rhythm and Tarj for whom she proved to be the greatest mentor in all aspects of life. She guided Rhythm and Tarj in their education, imbibed them with strength, and helped them build strong moral foundations that let them live their lives with meaning. She was the strong backbone of the family and supported her husband with unconditional love.

Pragnya fought every battle in life with courage and determination and this held true in every regard. Even when her health was declining she continued being the most selfless and mindful person who always put others before herself. It is our belief that people are never truly gone and live on through the memories of those they touched. Let us remember Pragnya as a strong warrior who never gave up, a mother who loved her children, a scholar who taught lessons inside and outside of the classroom, and as someone who lived a life filled with meaning that touched all those who knew her. Please join us on these dates to honor Pragnya’s legacy:

If you so desire, memorial donations to the Hospice of Windsor or Art of Living would be appreciated by the family.

Visiting Sunday April 3, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Parish prayers Sunday 5:00 p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave, South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Please note there will be no visiting on Monday April 4. On Tuesday April 5, family and friends are invited to meet at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor after 10:30 a.m. leaving in procession at 11:15a.m.to Corpus Christi Church (1400 Cabana Rd. W.) for Mass at 11:30 a.m. Interment Windsor Memorial Gardens. Share memories, photos, or make a donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

Fr. Earl Fernandes, son of immigrants from India, named next bishop of Columbus, Ohio.

Fr. Earl Fernandes, son of immigrants from India, named next bishop of Columbus, Ohio.

The first Indian-American to head a U.S. Roman Catholic diocese, Fernandes’ episcopal ordination and installation is scheduled for May 31.

Bishop-elect Earl Fernandes

Pope Francis has named Father Earl K. Fernandes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as the Bishop of Columbus. The appointment was publicized in Washington on April 2, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Father Fernandes was born on September 21, 1972, in Toledo, Ohio the fourth of five boys, and the son of Indian immigrants. He attended St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, and then the University of Toledo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. Father Fernandes attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and holds a licentiate and doctoral degree in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, Italy (2004-2008). He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 2002, for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Bishop-elect Fernandes’ assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar of Holy Angels parish, and religion teacher at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney (2002-2004); dean and assistant professor of moral theology at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati (2008-2016); and administrator of Sacred Heart parish in Cincinnati (2014-2016). From 2012-2016, he served as a member of the executive committee for the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools. During the the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy from 2015-2016, Father Fernandes was named a missionary of mercy. From 2016 to 2019, Father Fernandes served as a secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. Since 2019, he has been pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola parish in Cincinnati, and since 2020, he has served as a member of the board of trustees at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus.

In addition to English, Bishop-elect Fernandes is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and French, and has reading knowledge of Latin.

The Diocese of Columbus is comprised of 11,310 square miles in the State of Ohio and has a total population of 2,828,514 of which 207,041 are Catholic.

Mr. Chittaranjan (Bhalabhai) Jamindar residing in NJ (From Maninagar) is promoted to glory on Monday morning, March 27, 2022.

Mr. Chittaranjan (Bhalabhai) Jamindar residing in NJ (From Maninagar) is promoted to glory on Monday morning, March 27, 2022. Please pray for his wife Unice, Daughter Roota and her family, son Joshua & his family & youngest daughter Abhiruta and her family.

He is brother-in-law of Mr. Anil Macwan.

The viewing for Mr. Chittaranjan (Bhalabhai) will be held on Friday, April 1st between 5:00-7:00pm

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 2nd between 10:00am – 1:00pm

Both of above will be held at –

Ely Funeral Home
3316 Route 33
Neptune City, NJ 07753

Final resting place:

Monmouth Memorial Park
4201 Rt. 33
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

Family is planning to livestream the funeral service. This information will be provided once available.