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Ansalin was born in 1993 in Pallam, Kanyakumari, India.  He is currently one of six men discerning a calling to religious life at the Oblate Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois.

“I come from a traditional Catholic family from a small village at the southern tip of India.  My father died when I was ten years old.  After  his death, my mother managed to find a job and brought us up with the help of my grandparents.  I have a younger brother and sister.  My brother chose to become a local fisherman, like my father.  My sister is now doing her college studies.

“It was my parents who raised me up with the firm faith in God and introduced me to the Christian faith with the support of my elders and my teachers.  I was an altar server in our parish for a long time and was inspired by the priests.  The desire to be a priest was growing within me.  My parents and the elder people encouraged and motivated me in this way of life.

“I came to know the Oblates through my vocation promoter in high school.  I was attracted by the way of life the Oblates lead, and the charism of the founder.  I entered the Juniorate in June, 2011 in Bangalore.  During this period of time I learned English with the help of the Oblates and the teachers; it was challenging!  The next three years of my formation were for philosophical studies (both Western and Indian).  It was there I had ample opportunities to bring out my talents, my thoughts and develop my ideas.  During this period I did weekend ministry among the youth, teaching them catechism and hymns for the Mass.

“I did my Regency in the State of Assam where I had to learn a new culture and language.  I worked as a teacher at the English Medium School.  Besides all my works, I had regular spiritual direction: Mass, prayer and personal time to read and write.  Being with the Oblates for five years, I feel that my desire to become an Oblate continues to grow stronger and deeper.”