Man reflects on service in Oklahoma and India
June 25, 2017
ENID, Okla. (AP) — When the Rev. Rajesh Mankena was assigned to leave his home in India to serve the Catholic Church in Oklahoma, he wasn't sure what to expect. Now, he oversees social services for 50 parishes back in India, but still returns annually to visit friends he made in Oklahoma's Catholic community.
Mankena first came to the United States in 2011 as part of a program that provides priests from the diocese of Nellore, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, to parishes in Oklahoma.
He accepted a position as associate pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholi...