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Rev. Bro. Anupatt Petchara Yuttachai
The Great Professor of the Order of Saint Gabriel
Rev. Brother Simeon is a consummate and dedicated teacher. Through the many years of his encountering the youth of the world and here in Thailand, he has exuded self-discipline in preparing his lectures, his innovative assignments, projects and training for the students.

Birthday: April 10, 1930
Feast Day: February 18
Patron Saint: St. Simeon
First Vows: September 8, 1949
Perpetual Vows: August 15, 1955

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Longevity ... a secret?
How often have I face this query! What is your secret? Psalm 90/9-10 does not foresee a long life for most humans and to those who get through, the same psalm laments a painful time.

"For all our days pass away in their wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are three-score years and ten; and if by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."

Hamlet had no better perspective:

To be, or not to be, that is the question.
Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die-to sleep
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to …


…Here is the humble testimony one who reached fourscore and ten…
Early morning when I get up I first welcome the new day as a gift from God with thanks. To cement a close relationship with the Lord, I spend the first ninety minutes in prayer and meditation. According to Wen Li, meditation slows down the aging-process.

"Meditation, says he, activates disease-fighting genes and increases the levels of telomerase activity.

Telomerase in an enzyme that helps in repairing, strengthening and rebuilding telomeres which are a constituent of DNA.

The shorter they are, the less effective they are at protecting each chromosome." (Wen Li, the Power of Meditation for Mind, Body and Soul)

"To turn in circles" is definitely out of my vocabulary. Sun or rain, I always find something to keep busy with and enjoy. So each day goes on, often alone but close to God, available to anyone who may need help. Three verses of the Gospel are a kind of boost to me."

"Judge not, that ye not be judged!” Mat 7 fl
"Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" Mat 25/40

"Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written (the Thai translation uses the word ron1n: engrave) in Heaven" Luke 10/20

Evening comes .... fast. Time to thank God for all His blessings and fall asleep peacefully in His arms.

If there is any secret, here it is.

Bro. Simeon’s Great Time @AU

Rev. Bro. Anupatt Petchara Yuttachai was presented with an honorable pin by H. M. Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana on the occasion of Assumption University’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, at Suvarnabhumi Campus on December 7, 2019.

Rev. Bro. Anupatt Petchara Yuttachai congregated at the Holy Mass in Felicitation of the 84th Birthday Anniversary of the Rector Emeritus and 72nd Birthday Anniversary of the Rector Magnificus, at Assumption University of Thailand, Suvarnabhumi Campus on November 24, 2017.

Celebration of the 90th Birthday Anniversary of the Great Professor of the Order of St. Gabriel "Rev. Bro. Simeon Anupatt Petchara-Yuttachai" the event took place at Assumption University of Thailand, Suvarnabhumi Campus on August 14, 2020.

Rev. Bro. Anupatt Petchara Yuttachai annually participates in the Wai Kru ceremony during which AU students assemble to pay humble respect expressing their gratitude and appreciation to the university management.

Saint Simon
Feast day: February 18

In St. Matthew's Gospel, we read of St. Simon or Simeon who is described as one of our Lord's brethren or kinsmen. His father was Cleophas, St. Joseph's brother, and his mother, according to some writers, was our Lady's sister. He would therefore be our Lord's first cousin and is supposed to have been about eight years older than He.

No doubt he is one of those brethren of Christ who are mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as having received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. St. Epiphanius says that when the Jews massacred St. James the Lesser, his brother Simeon upbraided them for their cruelty.

The apostles and disciples afterwards met together to appoint a successor to James as bishop of Jerusalem, and they unanimously chose Simeon, who had probably assisted his brother in the government of that church.

In the year 66 civil war broke out in Palestine, as a consequence of Jewish opposition to the Romans. The Christians in Jerusalem were warned of the impending destruction of the city and appear to have been divinely ordered to leave it.

Accordingly that same year, before Vespasian entered Judaea, they retired with St. Simeon at their head to the other side of the Jordan, occupying a small city called Pella. After the capture and burning of Jerusalem, the Christians returned and settled among the ruins until the Emperor Hadrian afterwards entirely razed it.

We are told by St. Epiphanius and by Eusebius that the church here flourished greatly, and that many Jews were converted by the miracles wrought by the saints. When Vespasian and Domitian had ordered the destruction of all who were of the race of David,

St. Simeon had escaped their search; but when Trajan gave a similar injunction, he was denounced as being not only one of David's descendants, but also a Christian, and he was brought before Atticus, the Roman governor. He was condemned to death and, after being tortured, was crucified.

Although he was extremely old – tradition reports him to have attained the age of 120 - Simeon endured his sufferings with a degree of fortitude which roused the admiration of Atticus himself. His feast day is February 18.

St.Simon. (n.d.).


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