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OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART COLLEGE, ENFIELD
Indian priest Father Biju John has
arrived in Adelaide to serve the
growing Syro-Malabar community
for the next four years.
The 41-year-old priest from the
Eparchy of Kanjirapally, in southern
India, arrived in October and will
assist Father Frederick Eluvathingal
Devassy as a second chaplain for
the Syro-Malabar community.
Fr Fredy began leading Adelaide’s
Syro-Malabar community of more
than 250 families after arriving in
Adelaide in 2013.
Fr Biju (pictured), who will also
be serving the diocese, said the
Syro-Malabar community had
doubled over the past five years.
He said relocating to Australia until
2019 was very welcome as he
enjoyed travelling. He has travelled
through all of Europe and much of
the Middle East, including Kuwait,
Dubai, and Qatar where he trained
teachers as a human resources
instructor. He has spent time in
Australia studying in Perth.
Fr Biju will celebrate his 14th year
of ordination later this month
and has a long list of tertiary
and post-graduate degrees in
sociology, economics, philosophy
and education. He is currently
completing his Economics PhD
thesis on economic development
He has served in many parishes
as parish priest and assistant
parish priest and as a teacher in
numerous educational institutions,
including the Amal Jyothi College of
Engineering and the diocesan minor
Fr Biju was 16 when he joined
the minor seminary. He said his
vocation stemmed from being
taught by clergy and Religious
women as a child and a family
devoted to the Catholic Church.
His 96-year-old grandmother still
walks 2kms each day to Mass while
reciting the rosary.
“When I was studying at school,
the priests and Sisters were there
as teachers; it was a school run by
the church and that’s where I had
a great deal of contact with the
church and the priests and Sisters
and so after school I decided to join
The Syro-Malabar Church is an
Oriental (Eastern rite) Catholic
Church in full communion with the
Church of Rome. It is the second
largest of the 22 Oriental Churches,
with over four million followers
Fr Biju helps lead
The joy of music has taken on a deeper
meaning at the Hutt St Centre where
a group of homeless men have been
taking music lessons and learning to play
For just over a year, six to 10 people have
been regularly attending music lessons at
the centre, playing a range of instruments
from drums, bass, tambourine and
keyboard as well as sharing vocals.
Over time, a solid group has formed
and the music sessions have become
something that is looked forward to every
“You can see the pure enjoyment reflected
in their faces,” said Hutt St Centre chief
executive officer Ian Cox.
The group is continually learning new
songs, from the classics like John
Lennon’s Imagine, to recent hits like
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson.
In July the music group was asked if it
would like to make their public debut at the
annual Walk a mile in my boots event in
“It was an enthusiastic ‘yes’,” said Mr Cox.
After some quick deliberations, the band
name was announced, and from that day
forward the group were to be known as
Despite having to overcome some initial
nerves, the band received loud cheers and
its rendition of Mustang Sally was a crowd
Encouraged by their debut The Outsiders
have been keenly learning new covers,
and have started writing their own
music. Recently the band was given the
opportunity to record their first original
song, Azalia at Radio Adelaide. The band
continues to flourish with a CD about to be
“It gives us something to look forward to
every week, and we’ve become friends,”
band member Craig said.
Mr Cox said Craig and the band had
brought much joy to Hutt St Centre staff,
volunteers and clients alike. Craig is also
a Pathways to Employment program
participant and recently completed his
Certificate Four in Community Services.
“His dedication to continual improvement
saw him recognised as Adult Learner of the
Year finalist for 2015,” he said.
“With his new sense of purpose and
confidence, we are supporting Craig in his
quest to find employment – some joy we
hope is just around the corner.
“It gives us pleasure to see people who
have experienced hardships and isolation
coming together and experiencing laughter
and happiness, and the opportunity to
be creative. Joy isn’t in things, money or
positions, it is IN us.”
The Give Joy Christmas Appeal helps Hutt
St Centre support people like Craig.
To make a donation, visit www.
Music brings joy
to Hutt St Centre
JAM SESSION: The Outsiders recording
in the Radio Adelaide studio and (right)
getting into the Christmas spirit.
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