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Archdiocese of Lahore

Fr. Yaqoob Barkat celebrates his 30 years of priesthood

Lahore: On 18th October 2023, Thanksgiving Holy Mass of 30 years of priesthood & 60th birthday of Fr. Yaqoob Barkat was celebrated at Bishop House, Lahore. Holy Mass was presided over by His Grace Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw while Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, Fr. Yaqoob Barkat and Fr. Emmanuel Asi were the con-celebrants. Diocesan Clergy from the Archdiocese also joined the Mass and the celebrations.

In his homily, Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw paid a rich tribute to the Priesthood life of Fr. Yaqoob Barkat. He said that today is a day of blessing as one of our diocesan priest has completed 30 years of priesthood.

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He added that Fr. Yaqoob was junior to me in the seminary, he is celebrating his 30th anniversary of the priesthood and in December, I will be celebrating my 32nd year anniversary of priesthood life.

He said that first few years of after the ordination of priesthood remained critical and the real test of a priest’s life begins after the ordination. He must live & serve on the principles of what he was taught in the seminary regarding loyalty and faith.

He further added that Fr. Yaqoob Barkat is very cheerful personality. He accepts everyone and if he don’t like something, he clearly refused it straightforward rather to avoid it.

Talking about his family, he said that Fr. Yaqoob belongs to a religious family, his father was a Catechist and he has services in Hafizabad and even today his family is remembered in Hafizabad.

Fr. Emmanuel Asi while remembering his old seminary student, Fr. Yaqoob, also congratulate on the occasion. He said we are thankful to God for His blessing. The priesthood life of Fr. Yaqoob is a blessing for the archdiocese. He had served in different parishes of the archdiocese. I know Fr. Yaqoob Barkat since his childhood and was also his mentor at the Seminary.

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