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Double the Blessings!

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Father Thomas Sagili and Father Kumar Pasala introduce themselves to KNOM listeners. Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM.

It’s an answer to prayer: the assignment of two missionary priests from India to serve Bering Strait and Seward Peninsula parishes!

Fr. Thomas Sagili and Fr. Kumar Pasala have been assigned to four parishes (Nome/St. Joseph, Kotzebue/St. Francis Xavier, Teller/St. Ann and Diomede/St. Jude) and will be assisting with an additional three parishes (Unalakleet/Holy Angels, Stebbins/St. Bernard and St. Michael/St. Michael Church). These seven parishes are spread across an area roughly the size of the state of Pennsylvania. Only Teller is accessible by road – from Nome – and only in the summertime!

Fathers Thomas and Kumar will extend the reach of their ministry through Sunday Mass broadcasts and offering Mass Fridays at 6:00pm for the intentions of KNOM’s benefactors and listeners. Fr. Kumar and Fr. Thomas visited KNOM to introduce themselves to listeners before traveling to their parishes. “With the prayerful support and cooperation of the faithful, the kingdom of God is realised here on Earth,” Fr. Kumar says.

Image at top: Father Thomas Sagili and Father Kumar Pasala introduce themselves to KNOM listeners. Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM.

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