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Fr John Lens calls it a (good) day!
By Castilino Vincent
Hyderabad, Nov. 29. `Be good and don`t forget to breathe!` was the cheerful message spread around by Fr John Lens SDB of Hyderabad Province, to everyone he met all along the 93 years that he spent on this earth. Fr Lens, as fondly called by all who knew him, left for his eternal `good` yesterday, 28 November 2014 at 11 pm. The Salesian Province of Hyderabad, along with all those dearly loved by him, will collectively pay homage to the mortal remains of this man who gave nothing but his best to God and the Salesian world,  on Monday, 1 December at Don Bosco Philosophate, Karunapuram, at 2.30 pm.
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BELLAMKONDA Anthony Sudhakar India
says:
December 02, 2014

Rev. Fr John Lens was a great missionary. He is a LEGEND for the Salesian Province of Hyderabad. 30 years ago I met Fr. John Lens for the first time (06.06.1984) when I first stepped in Don Bosco aspirentate, Gunadala, Vijayawada and he was there to welcome us (my dad and me). Looking back my journey with him especially first three years of my stay with him was memorable and unforgettable. He was a father to form us, he was a guide to accompany us and a friend to listen to us. I admire for his memory to remember and call every one by name who came in contact with him. Certainly his demise will be great loss for all who know him closely. As a community (Don Bosco Navajeevan, Hyderabad), we planned to go and listen to him as part of our community plan during this year of Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. Now this will remain just in planning but not reality. Dear Fr Lens, I miss you. Do pray for us that we may accomplish the mission entrusted to us in Don Bosco Way. May your soul Rest in Peace

 
Antony EARATHARA India
says:
December 01, 2014

Fr. Mathew Orathel sdb writes from Tiruchi: "Rev. Fr. Lens taught us liturgy,Salesian conferance n every sunday in the theologate at Kotagiri. I used to look forward to his class and conference. The library books of the new theologate were bought with money which Fr. LENS WAS GETTING from his friends abroad. A very hard working man an examplary Salesian Missionary, a great gift to the Salesians of South India.Today the salesian community of Yercaud prayed for the soul of Rev. Fr.Lens . We offer our deep heartfelt condolences to V. Rev. Fr. Provincal and all our dear confreres of Hyderabad province, R.I.P. Fr. Mathew Orathel sdb Mission Procure director, Trichy Province.1-12-14.

 
amruth dilip India Hyderabad
says:
November 30, 2014

He is greatest father with kindness, mercy and sympathy .... we miss you father.

 
MADDHICHETTY Noel India
says:
November 29, 2014

Fr. Lens was a great pioneer who founded Salesians works in the province of Hyderabad. He was a bridge connecting us to Don Bosco by his translation of the European Salesian literature to English. His personal imparting and writings were sources of first knowledge of Don Bosco to younger generation of Salesians. Everyone who encountered this man of God was touched by his simplicity and greatness. The demise of this only foreign missionary and a Salesian stalwart is a great loss for the Salesian Province of Hdyerabad. May this great son of Don Bosco rest in peace in the presence of the Lord.

 
Sebastian Koladiyil Kenya
says:
November 29, 2014

Rest in Peace Fr. Lens as you to for a well deserved rest with the Lord whom you made friend to many young people.

 

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