Father Kavungal Davy, St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Church
by Benjamin Fang
Jun 08, 2016 | 15566 views | 0 0 comments | 842 842 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At 6 a.m., Father Kavungal Davy, pastor for St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Church in Greenpoint, wakes up to go for a morning run.

Having grown up in a village in India, Davy is used to a lot of fresh air, trees and green space.

“I do exercises every morning,” he said. “I don’t like the treadmill or the workout places, I enjoy the fresh air.”

After returning and taking a shower, Davy eats breakfast and does his prayers just in time for his 8:15 a.m. mass. The church has two masses Monday through Thursday, once in the morning and again at 12:15 p.m. in the afternoon. On Fridays and Sundays, they have a 7:30 p.m. mass in Spanish.

Davy has spent his entire life traveling to different cities and countries for assignments. He’s spent time in Kenya, India, Kentucky and now Brooklyn. Not only does he lead and celebrate mass for his congregations, he takes care of his parishioners too.

“When you are assigned to a parish, your main responsibility is to take care of the spiritual needs of the parishioners,” he said. “Our main target is how to help the people of the parish to grow spiritually.”

Davy said in his homilies he tries to do more than just preach theology. He tries to make the word of God and its messages relatable to people.

“That’s what we try to explain to the people in six to seven minutes in a homily,” he said.

His style is also different. Rather than staying behind the pulpit, he walks around the congregation, talking to people and making eye contact.

“I enjoy moving around in the sanctuary area,” Davy said. “I think many of the parishioners experience more or enjoy having that kind of dialogue.”
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