St. Augustine welcomes new Father

GRAFTON— After years of wonderful service, St. Augustine Parish says farewell to Father Jim O’Connor and hello to Father Binu Sebastian.  Father Sebastian comes to Grafton from his last post in the big city of Montreal, Canada. 

Father Sebastian served the community of St. Brebeuf, in the Arch Diocese of Montreal for four years. 

Initially after being ordained as a priest on December 29, 2009, he was sent to the seminary in Kerala for three years as a teacher before going on to his post in Canada.   Father Sebastian has been ordained for a total of eight years.

He belongs to the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS).  MCBS is a community of 440 priests and 150 seminarians in different stages of priestly formation.  Their priests serve all over the world, including, Australia, the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Africa and India. 

In India and Africa, they work as missionaries among ethnic groups, educating them and empowering them to uplift their lives.  In the other countries, the priests do parish ministry. 

Father Sebastian originally comes the southernmost state of Kerala, India, which is located along the beautiful Arabian Sea.  His native language is Malayalam. 

In India, he has his parents and his two older brothers.  His father is a retired farmer and his mother a housewife.  He also has two nephews and one niece. 

Father Sebastian enjoys working out and playing basketball, volleyball and badminton.  He also enjoys biking and fishing, although he says he hopes to improve on his fishing.

Father Sebastian said he is happy to be back in small town after being in Montreal.  His hometown is also a small town, so he is used to that life. 

He is excited to be in Grafton and serving the congregations of St. Augustine and St. Elizabeth.