On the 27th of December 2022 Brother Amirtharaj Govindarajah (Raj) made his perpetual profession in the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. He had spent three months in India with other young religious preparing for this final step into religious life.
Br. Raj was born in Sri Lanka, the family had to leave there own country as asylum seekers. They finally arrived in Manchester in 2001.They became part of St Edmund’s and Lancashire Martyrs’ church. After 10 years they got refugee status and citizenship in the United Kingdom. The family are now members of the parish of St James and all Souls in Salford where Raj made his final vows.
The parish community made all the visitors for the occasion very welcome The liturgy was a colourful celebration of two cultures. A number of priests and religious were in attendance including Sr Moira Bain from the Daughters of Charity who helped the family when they arrived in Salford along with Fr Leo and youth in the parish.
Raj has spent the last two years in Glasgow assisting in the parish of St Columba’s and working with the Life in the Eucharist team.
Father Peter Dowling, sss