By Fr Stephen D’Souza
The funeral mass of Br Crispin Lobo OFM Cap was held on 13th May, 3 p.m. at St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano friary chapel, presided over by Bishop Emeritus Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangaluru diocese along with Fr Alwyn Dias, the Provincial Minister of Holy Trinity Capuchin Province Karnataka, Fr Melwyn D'Souza, the Guardian of St Anne’s Friary Mangaluru, Fr Gerald Lobo, Guardian of Monte Mariano Friary and many other priests, religious men and women and laity.
The Bishop in his introduction said, “Brother Crispin was a kind and humble person. He was helpful to all, living the true spirit of St Francis of Assisi”.
Fr Joel preached a heart touching homily. He said, "Brother Crispin was a simple brother, lived his life for Christ. The death of the person is a day not just to weep, to pray and to honour but also a day to thank, to confess and to have a clear picture of death.”
Fr Gerald Lobo, the Superior of Monte Mariano Friary, in his eulogy beautifully narrated the life of Br Crispin. He described Br Crispin was a man of patience. He loved everyone equally, always ready to help out anyone. Even in his ill health and suffering, he never blamed God or anyone rather endured patiently. He also thanked everyone for helping out Br Crispin during his suffering, specially the friars of Farangipet and the Novices who always loved and cared for him.
On behalf of the family members, Baltazar, the brother of Br Crispin expressed his gratitude towards the Provincial and all Capuchin friars who were a part of Br Crispin’s life journey.
Fr Alwyn Dias expressed his gratitude to the bishop, priests, friars, religious sisters and the people gathered, for their presence and Fr Gerald Lobo and community for making all arrangements of the funeral.
Soon after the Eucharistic celebration, with due honour, the funeral rites were conducted by the Provincial Minister Fr Alwyn Dias and thereafter the body was laid to rest in Capuchin cemetery at Monte Mariano Farangipet.