LANCASTER - Father Thobias Sabariar, a priest with St. William Catholic Church since July, was relieved Tuesday to hear his brother on the other end of the telephone line.
"I prayed all night Sunday and Monday, and finally was able to talk to him sometime after 10 Tuesday morning," Sabariar said, adding that he was happy to hear his brother's voice and find out his family in India is alive.
Sabariar has been in Kentucky for seven years now but doesn't recall ever feeling as panic stricken about what was happening in his native home of India as he did this week.
"The tsunami actually hit parts of India just as hard as Thailand," Sabariar said.
The area his family lives in, a district in Tamilnadu, is on the extreme southern most tip of India. Sabariar said it is a 45-minute boat trip to Sri Lanka from the area where his family lives.