A Tribute to Fr James Nuttal OP
Fr James Nuttall OP was an American Dominican missionary. He served the Christian and Hindu Tribal community of Bahawalpur for more than three decades. Fr Jim is a one of the pioneers of this Tribal mission in Bahawalpur. He was a simple and humble priest. People of Bahawalpur and Mandi Yazman remember his great services. May 02, was a historical day in the history of St. Dominic’s Parish Bahawalpur. It was the day of inauguration and blessing of the Auditorium. The hall was built in the commemoration of legendary missionary Fr Jim Nuttal OP. It is a tribute to the dedicated services of Fr Jim.
Fr. Shahzad was MC of the Inauguration ceremony. His Excellency Bishop Benny Mario Travas (Bishop of Multan), Fr. Younas Shahzad OP (Vice Provincial), priests and sisters and lay people graced the event. Children of St. Mary’s Girls High School showed their talent through a magnificent cultural folk dance. While expressing his thoughts Bishop Benny congratulated Fr Iftikhar Moon OP for the gift of the Hall for St. Mary’s Girls High School, Islami Colony. Bishop also acknowledged the untiring efforts of Fr Pascal Paulus OP (former Vice Provincial). Fr Younas Shahzad appreciated Fr Iftikhar and Fr Pascal for remembering Fr. Jim and promoting the great legacy of our forefathers.
Fr Iftikhar Moon OP Parish Priest said that it was his dream to salute Fr James and let his memories live forever among the people of Bahawalpur whom he loved so much. He also expressed the dual purpose of the hall. The hall will serve the educational needs of the children as well as the faith formation, cultural and literary activities for the people of Bahawalpur. Fr Iftikhar acknowledged the devoted services of Headmaster Munir Alam. Master Munir Alam received lifetime achievement award at this blessed occasion. The awards were also given to honor the dedicated services of Mr. Ghaffar Akhtar (project writer), Mr. Shahbaz (Architect), Engineer John Michael, Contractor Kamran Moon. Fr Iftikhar Moon OP paid gratitude to Bishop Benny and Fr Pascal Paulus OP for their special co-operation and efforts. In the end, festive dinner was served to the distinguish guests. Fr. Shahzad Aquinas OP