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Archdiocese of Karachi

Another parish house will be constructed soon, Archbishop Benny

Karachi: On October 25, 2023, a groundbreaking and foundation stone ceremony for the extension of St. Thomas Parish in Karachi was organized by Father Anthony Abraz, the Parish Priest, Father Asher Liaqat, Assistant Parish Priests, and Father Barnabas George, along with the pastoral team of the parish. His Grace, Archbishop Benny Mario Travis, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Karachi, was a special guest at the event.

The program began with a hymn sung by Master Javed, followed by a prayer and the reading of the Holy Scripture by Father Barnabas George. The parishioners later welcomed the Archbishop in a traditional manner, presenting him with flowers and more.

While addressing the gathering, Archbishop Benny Mario Travis said, “Today, we bless this place for the extension and seek God’s blessing to commence this work. It is our tradition to initiate projects with prayers and invoke God for help, guidance, and support,” he continued.

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Explaining the need for the extension, the Archbishop said, “By the Grace of God, the number of priests in our archdiocese is increasing, and the existing space is no longer sufficient for the new priests. In the future, another parish house will be built to accommodate the growing number of parishioners,” he concluded.

In his closing remarks, Father Anthony Abraz said, “I thank the Bishop, and I believe that many good services will originate from this house. Archbishop Benny, who previously served as a parish priest in this parish, is with us today, and as we embark on this extension project, we are confident that it will meet the parish’s needs. With the increasing number of parishioners and expanding areas, this extension to the parish building will address the pastoral needs of the community.”

Father Anthony Abraz further added, “All the credit goes to Archbishop Benny Mario Travis for his hard work and dedication. Without his efforts, this goal would have remained a dream. We have initiated this work with blessings and prayers in the name of God. I request everyone to keep this project in your prayers, so that, by the Grace of God, it can be completed soon.”

At the end of the program, Archbishop Benny Mario Travis offered prayers and blessed the new extension site, and the foundation stone was laid. He was accompanied by the priests, pastoral team, and the parishioners.

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