« My heart brims with the sentiments of gratitude… »

  • Excerpts from the Doctoral Thesis « The Credibility of Witnesses in Marriage Nullity Trials » by Father Anthony Joseph, Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Rome

My heart brims with the sentiments of gratitude as I completed my doctoral dissertation. First of all, I thank God, Heavenly Father, for all His blessings and His providence during these years and Our Blessed Mother for her protection and intercession. I thank my beloved bishop, Mons. Neethinathan Anthonysamy (Bishop of Chingleput – India) who has placed a great trust and confidence in me and availed me the opportunity to pursue my doctoral studies in Rome. I thank my dear parents, Joseph and Alphonse for their constant encouragement and guidance.

I duly acknowledge and thank Rev. Prof. Ernest Bonaventure Okonkwo for his scholarly guidance and prompt availability. He has indeed been very patient, understanding, helpful and friendly, sparing no efforts towards the completion of this dissertation. I place my debt of gratitude to Rev. Prof. Elias Frank, a mentor with discipline and principles. I truly thank him for his accurate, precious and insightful comments, suggestions and encouragement which contributed towards the completion of my thesis. I gratefully remember Rev. Prof. Luigi Sabaresse, the dean of the faculty of Canon Law for his meticulous observation, critical analysis of my doctoral thesis and scholarly guidance. His guidance has facilitated to enrich my canonical knowledge.

I gratefully remember and thank the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the prefect and Grand Chancellor, His Eminence Card. Fernando Filoni, for the scholarship that permitted me to do my doctoral studies in Rome. I thank the Rector Magnifico of the Urbaniana University, Prof. Leonardo Sileo, Rev. Fr. Carlos del Valle SVD – the Rector, the group of formators and the staff of St. Peter’s Pontifical College. I extend my sincere thanks to the library Staff of Pontifical University of Urbaniana, Gregoriana, Santa Croce, Angelicum and Lateranum and Institutum Iuridicum Claritianum.

I place on record my special gratitude to Mrs. Elena Cuomo, the President of the Cuomo Foundation, the members and collaborators of the Cuomo Foundation for the assistance and encouragement rendered all through my priestly formation and ministry. I am indebted to the Foundation for the motivation and encouragement during my doctoral studies and specially for sponsoring the publication of the doctoral thesis.

I thank Sr. Janice Stephenson and Fr. Sengole Thomas for their valuable observations and meticulous corrections in the proof reading of my research paper. I joyfully acknowledge Msgr. Leo Arockiaraj, the Judge of Roman Rota, Mr and Mrs Anthony Jane Lee, for gifting me the books and the requisite study materials.

I thank my friends Fr. Micheal Suresh, Fr. Selvam Fr. Raymond, Fr. Vincent Arockiasamy, Fr. David Kumar OMI, Fr. Sebastian George, Fr. Merlin, Sr. Alphonsa Mary, the priests of the diocese of Chingleput and the priests of St. Peter’s Pontifical College, Rome for their companionship. I thank Mrs. Brigitta Schnell, Fr. Alessandro Nelli, Fr. Leonardo Mancioppi, Sr. Eleanora, the Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus, the parishioners of Terontola, the parishioners of Perugia Ponte di San Giovanni, the Neocatechumenal Community of Castiglione del Lago, Mr. Marco, Mr. Donato and all the well-wishers for their encouragement in my research work.