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GREAT CONTRIBUTORS TO PILAR SOCIETY

Rev. Founder Jose Mariano Clemente Bento Martins

It becomes evident that God chooses His own instruments and makes them efficient means in the execution of His plans. When it comes to starting religious institutes, the persons chosen to be the Founders need to be recipients of a very singular inspiration, the kind of people that allow the Lord to work, out of His plans through them. It shows that the founders put their talents at God’s service. Fr. Bento Martins was a man of God. His call was evidently different. He was to be a missionary at grassroot level and the founder of missionaries, called to evangelize the less fortunate ones. His was the call to form new communities of Christians in backward areas. Fr. Bento Martins born in Orlim, Salcete, on January 5th, 1848 and baptised on the 12th January. He conclude his Theological studies in Rachol in 1871. Ordained priest by Archbishop Ornelas in the church of Rachol Seminary on 2nd February 1879. He celebrated his First Mass in Tilamola Church on 13th February 1879.
He went as ‘roving missionary’ (missionario ambulante) to Valpoi and stayed there until 1883. In 1883 he was transferred to Agonda as a chaplain. On September 26th 1882 he founded the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier commonly known as Society of Pilar. Approved and blessed by the Patriarch of Goa Dom Antonio Sebastiao Valente. Fr. Bento was the Superior General from 1887 to 1896. He worked in Valpoi and built a church and blessed it in 1889. He was appointed in-charge of Parish of Shiroda 1894. He worked in Agonda and Cabo de Rama. In 1890 the Society of Pilar was transferred to Monastery of Pilar. There he inaugurated the Catechumenate on 4th June 1890. Re-appointed Superior General for another five years 1891. Fr. Bento died in the Monastery of Pilar on 16th August 1896, Lived only 48 years, 7 months and 12 days. Buried in Goa Velha Cemetary. In 1901 his remains were transferred to Pilar Monastery.





Very Rev. Msgr. Lucio Francisco Jose Roque Vaz

Born at San Tome, salcete on 28th May, 1863 and baptized on 4th June. He is from Orlim. He concluded his theological studies in Rachol Seminary in 1883 and passed the examination of preacher in 1886. Ordained Priest by the Patriarch Dom Valente in the Church of Bom Jesus Old Goa on 9-1887, and offered his first Mass in Varca.
Appointed missionary of Meliapur Madras in 1888. He worked in the Churches of Asnabad and Kolkota of the West Bengal Mission. His health problems forced him to return to Goa in 1890. The Bishop of that diocese gave him creditable certificates. In 1892 he was appointed examiner of Rachol seminary. He was admited as Postulant in 1893, and definitively on 18-10-1893 in the Society. He was appointed Assistant to the Parish Priest of Shiroda in 1894. After the death of Fr. Bento, in 1896 he was appointed Superior General of the Society of Pilar. He dedicated his life to the growth of the Society and the Monastery. He was the Judge of Ecclesistical Tribunal, Official Censor, Pro Synodal Judge. Pope Benedict XV appointed him Secret Chamberlain. He died in Orlim on 8-7-1936 and was buried in the cemetery of Orlim





Rev. Fr. Baltazar Remedios do Rosario Gomes

Born in Guirdolim Chandor, on December 3rd, 1883, He concluded his theological studies in Rachol Seminary and was ordained by Dom Sebastiao, Bishop of Daman at Pilar Monastery on 18-12-1910 and offered his First Mass in the Church of Bom Jesus. He was appointed as a Sacristian of Rachol Seminary from 1909 to 1911. And then curate of Cuncolim Church. Appointed missionary of the Diocese of Mylapur to serve in Bengal. Relieved and returned to Goa by order of 27-3-1915. Admitted definitively in the Society on January 20th, 1916. Appointed Assistant to Parish Priest of Honowar and Vicar of Monki 1917, Made Vicar in –charge of Honowar 1925, and was relieved in 1934. He was also in-charge of Chandowar from 1927. He was Vicar of Curca Parish in 1934. In 1935 he was relieved in order to reside in the Monastery of Pilar as Vice Superior.
He re-built Chapel of Beillur and constructed the new chapels of Murdeshwar, Chapel of Shicoli. He created a fund to help the students to go to English medium schools. After Reorganisation of the Society of Pilar he was elected the Superior General of the Society in 1939





Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Francisco de Albuquerque

Born on 16-10-1896, from Bastora, he is one of the pioneers of the Re-organization of the Society of Pilar. First he worked in the Telegraph Department at Bombay and Sholapur from 1913 to 1919 and passed his technical examination with electricity and wireless telegraphy as his subjects in 1917. After coming to Goa at the age of 23 he joined in a Latin course in 1917 in Mapusa. He was admitted for philosophy at Rachol Seminary. He concluded his thological studies in Rachol in 1927 and was ordained priest on 23-9-1928 by Dom Matheus Patriarch in Pilar Church and celebrated First Mass on 25 -9-1928 at the age of 32 years. He was assistant parish priest of Morjim, and was chaplain of Duler Chapel 1929 -32. From there was nominated Chaplain-curate of the mission of Dadra and Dapadda. Promoted as Missionary Vicar of the new mission of St. Francis Xavier Dapadda, he worked there till 1939. Then he joined the Reorganisers group, joined postulancy 2-7-1939 and novitiate on 5th August. After a year he made his first profession on 9-9-1940. He went back to Mission of Nagar Haveli; 1940-43, he became first Parish priest. After Khanvel was detached from Daman and Dapadda he became first Dean in 1943 to 1946 in the Vicariate of Khanvel. He was elected general Councillor of the Society of Pilar - 1947 to 1950. And then he was sent to Ambernath mission in 1951 and became Vicar of Ambernath Bombay. 1959 – 62 General Councillor and 1962 -69 he was elected Superior General of the Society. Back in Nagar Havali, he was made Regional Superior 1971 -73; He wrote three booklets. He was ex-officio member of the Priests Senate of Goa Archdiocese. He died 4-10-1985.





FR. MANUEL JOSE BARRETO

Fr. M. J. Barreto was born on 26th June 1886. In 1904, he entered the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol and completed his Theological Studies in 1909. He was ordained on 11th October 1911 by Patriarch D. Mateus da Oliveira Xavier. After his ordination, he worked as Prefect in the Rachol Seminary and Teacher of Latin and as Spiritual Director from 1930-1931. He entered the Novitiate on 5th August 1939 and made his First Profession in the Society of Pilar on 8th August 1940 and Final Profession on 8th August 1943. He served as Novice-Master from 1940-44. Professor in the Major Seminary from 1942-65 and Vicar General (1940-49 &1952-59). Spiritual Director from 1962-1971. He expired on 25th October 1971. When Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues, Fr. Francis Sequeira and others wanted to re-organize the Society of Pilar, they approached Fr. M. J Barreto, who accepted to guide them during their Novitiate. In order to prepare himself for this task he went to a Carmelite Monastery in Trivandrum. He gave them a solid spiritual foundation for 12 months and when they when they were about to make their Religious Profession, himself joined the group of Re-Organizers and remained a solid pillar of strength and Light. When the Pilar Mission seminary was founded in 1942, he was one of the First Professor teaching Latin Philosophy and later Theology. He contributed in a big way to prepare the Constitutions of the fledgling Society and served as a Vicar General in the General Council. He was an excellent writer and an Apostle for spreading Good Literature. He was a Founder Member of ‘Vida’ and wrote for ‘The Daily’, ‘O Heraldo’ and weekly ‘Vavraddeancho Ixtt’. He was a Patriot and fought for liberation through his writings. For 84 years Fr. Manuel Jose Barreto became a beacon of light and virtuous. He will be remembered for his life of asceticism and his commitment to the Religious Missionary Priesthood.





FR. TEODOLINDO CABRAL

Fr. Teodolindo Cabral was born on 7th July 1910 in Verna. After attending Primary school in his native village, he entered the Rachol Seminary and after completing his Theological Studies was ordained on 8th October 1933. He was an Assistant Parish Priest and Chaplain of Dikarpale. He worked for the upliftment of the ‘Kunbi’ (Tribal) community, spending his money for their welfare. He joined the Re-Organizers of the Society of Pilar and made his First Profession on 8th September 1940. He was sent to Nagar Haveli Mission and he worked there for the development of the ‘Varli’ tribe. He came back to Goa because of his heath issues and worked in Arambol and Rivona Parishes. He was Courageous Preacher of the word of God. He built the Original Parish Church and the Fatima High School in Rivona. He was not an intellectual but a man with a great and generous heart like so many silent missionaries all over the world.





Rev. Fr. Eugenio Francisco Xavier Jasso Siqueira>

From Saligao, born on 3rd December 1909, Concluded his theological studies in Rachol Seminary on 17-3-1934 and was ordained priest on 13th October, 1935 by Dom Manuel Maria Ferreira, Bishop of Gurza and Auxiliary of Patriarch in Se Cathedral Old Goa. 1934-35 Prefect of Discipline at Rachol Seminary, 1937 Assistant Parish Priest of Cuncolim. He was the pioneer of the Re-organization of the Society of Pilar in 1939. He made his first profession on 8-9-1940 and Final Profession 8-4-1943. From 1943 to 1948 he was perfect in Pilar; 1944 to 1948 Novice Master. 1949 to 1952 he was elected Superior General of the Pilar Society. During his tenure the Society accepted the Missions of Sanguem and Ambernath. The magazine INDIA was founded. 1952 to 1956 he was Vicar and Dean of Sanguem. 1956 to 1958 Director of Fr. Agnelo School. Novice Master 1958 – 59. He went to Pakistan to preach at the request of Archbishop of Karachi. He was Superior General of the Society 1959 -62. Dean of Sanguem 1962 -69; Director Pilar Niketan Nagpur 1969 -1970; Rector of Monastery 1970, Parish of Daman Grande1971, Dean of Daman 1972 -75; General Councillor 1975 -81. He worked as confessor Major Seminary, Administrator of veroda Church, Councellor Monastery of Pilar, Spiritual Director of Pilar Sisters, Novice Master. He died 17-2-1999.





Rev. Fr. Baltazar Remedios do Rosario Gomes

Born in Guirdolim Chandor, on December 3rd, 1883, He concluded his theological studies in Rachol Seminary and was ordained by Dom Sebastiao, Bishop of Daman at Pilar Monastery on 18-12-1910 and offered his First Mass in the Church of Bom Jesus. He was appointed as a Sacristian of Rachol Seminary from 1909 to 1911. And then curate of Cuncolim Church. Appointed missionary of the Diocese of Mylapur to serve in Bengal. Relieved and returned to Goa by order of 27-3-1915. Admitted definitively in the Society on January 20th, 1916. Appointed Assistant to Parish Priest of Honowar and Vicar of Monki 1917, Made Vicar in –charge of Honowar 1925, and was relieved in 1934. He was also in-charge of Chandowar from 1927. He was Vicar of Curca Parish in 1934. In 1935 he was relieved in order to reside in the Monastery of Pilar as Vice Superior.
He re-built Chapel of Beillur and constructed the new chapels of Murdeshwar, Chapel of Shicoli. He created a fund to help the students to go to English medium schools. After Reorganisation of the Society of Pilar he was elected the Superior General of the Society in 1939.





FR. CONCEICAO MENINO RODRIGUES

Fr. Conceicao Menino Rodrigues was born on 27th March 1912 in Betalbatim. He completed his Priestly Studies with academic excellence in Rachol Seminary and was ordained on 6th January 1935. Along with other Seminarians he founded ‘The Xaverian League’ in the Rachol Seminary. His wish was to start a Missionary Society. He presented his vision to Patriarch D. Theotonio but the Prelate, directed them to revive the Society of Pilar instead. Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues and Fr. Francisco Sequeira, decided to re-organize the Society of Pilar. They were joined by another Four Priests and Two lay Brothers. The Society of Pilar was Re-organized on 2nd July 1939. He was a General Councillor of the Society from 1940-1949 and Vicar General from 1949-52. He was the Editor of Vavraddeancho Ixtt from 1944-1954. He started the Magazine ‘India’ and was its editor from 1951-54. He worked tirelessly to begin the Pilar Seminary and succeeded in doing so in 1942. In 1954, he pioneered Fr. Agnel Ashram in Mumbai and started an Orphanage there and in 1961 opened a Technical School. In 1955, he was appointed as a Superior of Ambernath Mission. He suffered a heart attack and expired on 22nd June 1984 in Mumbai. He will be forever remembered for his great contribution as a Re-organizer of the Society of Pilar; a Giant Educator and Motivator of the Youth. He was a great visionary, always reading the signs of the times, his heart always beating for the Poor, the Youth and Mother India.





BRO. PAIXAO LACERDA

Bro. Paixao Lacerda was born on 16th April 1909 in Chinchinim. After completing his studies in Philosophy, he worked in Chinchinim Church. In those days, the Society of Pilar used to send catechists to different villages to teach catechism. As a layman he went as a Catechist to the Ghats, Shiroda and other villages in the new conquests. Old people recollect that he had even been to St. Estevan’s village to teach catechism. His greatest joy was to proclaim the word of God. Bro. Paixao Lacerda was one of the Re-organizers of the Society of Pilar in 1939. There were six Fathers and two brothers among them was Bro. Paixao Lacerda. After completing one year of novitiate, he made his First Profession on 21st January 1941. He worked in the Pilar Monastery for several years. From 1943-47, he managed ‘Xaverian Co-operators Association’. He was named on the construction Committee, for building the Major Seminary, Pilar and he worked with great dedication. During the First ‘Three Processes’ of Ven. Fr. Agnelo, he worked tirelessly to arrange the transport for the people and other officials. From 1953-60 & 1967-68, he worked for 9 years as a ‘Cursor’ of the process. He was a good singer and Musician and taught Music to the Seminarians. He played violin & other instruments and was a Music Conductor. If Pilar Missionaries were known to be good musicians, Bro. Lacerda had a big role to play in this achievement. He instilled in the children of Fr. Agnel Ashram (Bandra), the love for Music. He used to spend a lot of time before the Blessed Sacrament. He had a great devotion to Mother. He expired in Bombay on 24th November 2004.





BRO. PETER MASCARENHAS

Bro. Peter Mascarenhas was one of the reorganizers of the Society. He was born on 14th July 1908 in Siolim. He was a well known figure especially in Mumbai. After completing his primary education in 1923, he proceeded to Bombay, for his middle school. In 1933, he worked in cinema halls, factories and even in hotels but he was not satisfied because he had a vocation to the religious life. Hence, in 1934, he entered the Bori Villi ‘Franciscan Brothers Society’ and made a temporary commitment for two years after a two year Novitiate in Dadra. After some years, he and his fellow colleague (brother) got typhoid fever and sadly the other brother died. Because of this, Bro. Peter has to return back home to Goa. In 1939, he heard about the ‘Society of Pilar’ and delighted to enter it. He felt a great desire to join it. After completing six months of Postulancy and a year of Novitiate, he made his temporary profession on 21st January 1941. From 1941 to 1943 he worked in the Pilar Monastery and then in 1943 he was sent to Nagar Haveli for ‘Khanvel Mission’. There he worked for 2 years and then he came to Goa in 1945. Till 1947 he worked in the office of Propaganda of the Society. In 1947, he was sent to ‘Chisda Mission’ and from there in 1948 he was sent to Mumbai, where he sacrificed much. For nearly 2 years he was struggling for a decent room for a residence but he managed somehow by begging for a shelter here and there. In 1950, he managed to get a rented room at the ‘Padamsee House’ in Princess Street. In 1951, he pioneered the ‘Ambernath Mission’ likewise he even pioneered the ‘Fr. Agnel Ashram’ in Bandra at ‘Villa Vienna’. In 1959, the Society bought a place in Bandra Bandstand and established an Ashram. From here, Brother worked tirelessly to spread the devotion to Venerable Agnelo in every nook and corner. He visited every home, for the publicity of Konkani weekly ‘Vavraddeancho Ixtt’ and the Magazines ‘India’ and later ‘Fr. Agnel’s Call. He was transferred to Goa in 1978. Till 1983 he worked in the ‘Mission Seminary Pilar’. He played a very important role in collecting finance for the Seminarians, making each and everyone he met, aware about the ‘Pilar Seminary’ and it needs. Till 1983, he spent his life in ‘Pilar Monastery’. He made friends for the sake of the Society and the Missions. His, only aim being, to form as many missionaries for the Society. His contribution to the Missions and the Society was acknowledged and put on record by the 11th General Chapter in 1981. He remained faithful to the Society in the trimultous time in its history. He was yearning to witness the Canonization of Venerable Agnelo. Hope that day will dawn soon.





FR. ROQUE FERNANDES

Fr. Roque Fernandes was born on 7th June 1921 in Betalbatim. People from Nagar Haveli would call him ‘Swami Rockanand’. After completing his primary education, he felt a great desire to become a missionary, while doing ‘Curso Preparatorio’ in Rachol Seminary. In 1941, he came to Pilar. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 21st June 1942. He completed his priestly studies in Rachol Seminary and was ordained on 18th April 1949 by Patriarch Dom Jose da Costa Nunes. After working as a Prefect of Seminarians studying at St. Joseph’s High School, Arpora, he was sent to the Mission of Sanguem in 1951. He also worked in Kurdi. Then, he was sent to Nagar Haveli in 1952, where he worked for 22 years serving and educating the poor adivasis. He educated them lovingly as his own children. He adapted their customs and traditions and completely immersed himself in their culture. He toiled to proclaim Jesus Christ to them. He used to proclaim the Word of God in different languages namely Marathi, Danvri and Varli. He worked for one year in Khanvel Church and 14 years in Dapadda. Although he was not a Musician, he taught Indian dances to the Adivasi children. The Government officials held him in high esteem, for his dedication in the upliftment of the Adivasis. In 1973, Fr. Roque was awarded by Goa Cultural and Social Centre, Panaji. He empowered the women by educating them. He taught Adivasi women health and hygiene and to dress modestly. In 1974, he came back to Pilar and was appointed to promote the devotion of Ven. Fr. Agnelo. He was appointed as an assistant to the Vice Postulation. He was instrumental in declaring every ‘First Thursday’ of the month as a special day of Prayer for beatification of Ven. Fr. Agnelo. He was yearning to witness the canonization of Venerable Agnelo. For the first time he published the life of Ven. Agnelo in the ‘Devanagri’ Script. For 12 years he was disabled because of the tragic accident in 1986. He was an excellent Konkani writer and published some books of his own. He went to the Father’s abode on 30th January 1998 in Pilar Monastery. He will be forever remembered for his great contribution as a Missionary of the Society of Pilar.





FR. AURELIANO RODRIGUES

Fr. Aureliano Rodrigues was born on 5th November 1920 in Borim. He completed his primary education in his hometown (Borim). In 1935, he entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his priestly training there. He made his First Profession on 21st June 1942 and was ordained on 4th October 1949. He was fond of Konkani language and toiled to provide primary education in Konkani. In Sanguem, Fr. Agnel Konkani School was managed by him. It was divided into 2 parts- Morning classes for children and Night classes for teenagers and older people. He did a lot of social work which included providing training in Carpentry, Tailoring and Music. He worked in Sanguem, Uguem, Kurdi and Molcornem. He made ways & means and worked tirelessly for the upliftment of weaker section of the Society. Sadly, he got a heart attack and died on 4th August 1986. His funeral was held on 6th August at pilar.





Fr. Assuncao F.X. De Souza

After a brief illness Fr. Assuncao F.X. de Souza returned to the Father of all mercies on 26th August. He was 92. Born on 15th August 1910 in Sangolda, Bardez, Fr. Assuncao was ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman on 12th January 1936 in the cathedral Old Goa. Soon thereafter he was appointed an Assistant at St. Diogo’s Church, Guirim, and later as Assistant in St. Michael Church, Taleigao. Urged by an inner voice he joined the Society of Pilar. After a year of prayer and Novitiate where he prepared himself very well, Fr. Assuncao made his commitment in the society. He was then sent to the mission of Dadra Nagar Haveli what he learned the local dialect and worked enthusiastically among the poor, marginalised people. His experiences of working among the apostates in Morombim (Merces) Goa stood him in good stead. After spending six years in this mission, Fr. Assuncao was lent to the Archdiocese of Delhi which at that time extended from Kashmir to Delhi. At Sirsa, Fr. Assuncao endeared himself to the people, proclaiming to one and all the saving message of Jesus Christ. Those were difficult days what with where being few transport facilities and missionaries having to put up with all kinds of hardships. Fr. Assuncao evangelised the people making use of the desert animals, camels.
Fr. Assuncao‘s stint in Delhi ended abruptly when he was elected at first a General Councillor and then Superior General. He excelled in these responsible posts too. Members still remember his no-nonsense approach in matters of discipline. He himself set an example of being faithful to rules and regulation of the Society. “ keep the rule and the rule will keep you” seems to have been his motto. After laying down office of Superior General, Fr. Assuncao was called upon to be the Novice Master. Here too, Fr. Assuncao excelled. Fr. Assuncao spent the last 14 years of his life at the mother house Pilar. During these many years he was always available for any liturgical service, hearing confession etc. In his spare time he wrote some booklets for the edification of “ordinary” Christians; they were much appreciated. He was a regular contributor to our Konkani Weekly V.IXTT





BRO. JOSE HENRIQUES DE SOUZA

A widely known Member of the Society of Pilar, Bro. Jose Henriques de Souza was born on 12th March 1909 in Bicholim. He was a prayerful man. He founded the Association of Spiritual Brothers and Sisters, a lay branch of the Society of Pilar. He completed his education in his hometown and was appointed as a Secretary to the Judge at Tribunal in Bicholim. After hearing the homily of Fr. Adrian Le Tellie SJ, he was drawn towards the Religious life and decided to become a Missionary. Inspite of being the only child of his parents, he entered the Society of Pilar in 1940 and made his First Profession on 21st June 1942. He was blessed with the gift of Oratory and was a powerful preacher. A charismatic that he was his words would flow out from his heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. He proclaimed the Word of God in Africa and established many groups of Spiritual Brothers and Sisters there. He wrote many articles on the V.Ixtt. He was praised for his work by Cardinal James Knox, Cardinal Valerian Gracias, Patriarch Jose Costa Nunes and Archbishop Jose Vieira Alvernaz. He gave his testimony as a witness in the process of canonization of Ven. Agnelo. He died on 2nd May 1982 and funeral was held on 3rd May 1982.





FR. CIRILO PASCOAL PEREIRA

Fr. Cirilo Pereira was born on 20th June 1920 in Charao. He entered the Rachol Seminary in 1935 and completed his priestly studies there. Later he joined the Pilar Seminary in 1942. After completing his novitiate, he made his First Profession on 17th June 1943. He completed his Priestly studies in March 1947 and was ordained on 17th June 1947 in Lisboa on St. John Britto’s Canonization Day. After becoming a priest, he worked in Nagar Haveli Mission from 1948-51. From 1952-69, he worked in the Sanguem Mission. He was Vicar in sanvordem for 9 years; there he worked tirelessly to do social and educational projects. He pioneered a ‘Housing colony’ for children of Toddy tappers in Molcornem. In Sanvordem, he opened ‘Anjo Custodio’ Social Centre and opened a ‘Fair Price Shop’, to help the poor and the needy. He even started Konkani Primary Schools in Curchorem, Sanvordem, Quepem, Kapxem and Xelvona. Of these, 3 were handed over to the Government in 1970. He even pioneered ‘Krishi Udyog Farm’ in Collem and obtained Agricultural Land on lease in Shigao. From 1969 to 1979, he was a Director of Caritas Goa. In Goa, he even pioneered 11 Tailoring centres for girls. His biggest dream and achievement is that he started the ‘St Francis Xavier Centre’ for the differently abled children in Old Goa and ‘Christ Raj Centre’ for ‘Prosthetics and Orthopedics’ in St. Inez, Panajim. He suffered a heart attack at the age of 67 when he was a Parish Priest in Daman. He died on 11the March 1987 and his funeral was held on 13th in Daman Church. He is specially remembered for his many social projects and institutions for the Poorest of the Poor.





FR. SIMON NASCIMENTO FERNANDES

Member of Society of Pilar, Fr. Simon Nascimento Fernandes was born on 25th December 1921 in Merces. He was drawn towards Religious life while reading the life of St. Francis Xavier and ultimately felt a great desire to become a Missionary. In 1934, he entered the Rachol Seminary and completed one year of Philosophy and in 1943 he came to Society of Pilar as a Scholastic. After completing one year of novitiate, he made his First Profession on 22nd June 1945. He completed his Theology in Rachol Seminary and was ordained on 1st October 1950 by Bishop of Mysore, Manuel de Medeiros Guerreiro. From 1951-52, he was appointed as a Director of the Pilar Seminarians and Director of Fr. Agnel Boarding, Arpora. From 1953-54, he was sent to Sanguem, Kurdi. In Neturlim, he built a chapel and dedicated it to our Lady of Pilar. From 1954-56, he was appointed as a Parish Priest of Sanguem Church. Then, he was sent to the Mission of ‘Nagar Haveli’. He toiled to do ‘Social work’ among the Adhivasis. In 1967, he was appointed as Parish Priest in Dapadda. From 1979-83, he was vicar in Our Lady of Piety and Manager of the School. He worked in Sindoni from 1985-88, In Dapadda from 1988-1991 and in Shelti in 1922. Thus, Fr. Nascimento worked for 35 years in the Mission. He played a very important role in the upliftment of weaker sections of the Society; through many Self-Employment Schemes. He spent his last years in the Pilar Monastery, praying and being always available for confessions till the end of his life. He expired on 26th October 2004.





FR. JOSE MARIA MONIZ
Fr. Jose Maria Moniz was born on 26th March 1870 in Saligao. He completed his studies in Rachol Seminary and proceeded to Mumbai in 1895. He was ordained on 19th September 1903 by Bishop of Daman; Dom Sebastiao at St. Francis Xavier Colaba Chapel, Mumbai. He was appointed Assistant Parish Priest of Dabul Church from 1905 to 1914; Parish Priest of Our Lady of Remedios Poinsur from 1915-1917, Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s Church Vikroli, Dongorim from 1917-18, Parish Priest of Our lady of Belem from 1918-20 and St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Basein from 1920-22. He was Prior of Se Matriz and Dean of Diu from 1922-23. From 1924-43, he worked tirelessly for the upliftment of the fisher folk in Bassein and served them with great love. Thus, he did commendable Pastoral work as a Diocesan Priest. He felt a great desire to become a Missionary and hence entered the Society of Pilar in 1944. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 17th June 1945. Fr. Moniz was a great example for young priests and students in Pilar. He was much sought after as a ‘Confessor’. He was always joyful till the end. He expired on 8th November 1951.





Fr. Francisco Xavier Mariano Pereira

Fr. Francisco Xavier Mariano Pereira was born on 22nd October 1917 in Majorda. He completed his primary education in Government School, Nuvem and entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his priestly studies. He entered the Society of Pilar because he wanted to become a Missionary. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 17th June 1945 and was ordained on 2nd October 1949 by Patriarch Dom Jose Costa Nunes. He handled the Printing machines, in order to print the weekly V.Ixtt. While working as a missionary in Nagar Haveli, he was beaten up and injured by the enemies of the Faith. However, he courageously continued his work among the Poor tribals, many of whom embraced the Faith. He suffered a heart attack and died on 26th January 1992 at Fr. Agnel Ashram, Mumbai.





FR. INACIO MARIANO DO ROSARIO
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Member of Society of Pilar, Fr. Inacio Mariano do Rosario was born on 13th March 1910 in Cavelossim. He was a man of patience. In 1927, he went to Rachol Seminary and completed his Priestly studies and was ordained on 3rd October 1942 in the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa. He celebrated his First mass on 11th October 1942. After working in Sancoal Parish for some time, he was appointed as Assistant Parish Priest in Sanguem church. For almost a year, he worked as a Chaplain in Siolim and was later appointed Parish Priest of Assolna church. While working here, he felt a great desire to become a missionary and hence, he came to Pilar on 23rd November 1943. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 18th June 1945 and his Final Profession on 17th June 1948. In 1945, he was appointed the Procurator of the Seminary. He went to the Mission of ‘Nagar Haveli’ in 1949 where he constructed a house and carried on his Apostolate. He went to Khanvel Mission in 1959 and built a school there. He helped in the construction of the Mission Seminary at Pilar. Like St. Francis of Assisi, he was a lover of nature and worked to preserve the environment. He was always on the move, planting different types of trees, replenishing the Orchard on the Pilar hillock. He was awarded by the Government for his contribution to Horticulture. He celebrated Mass in Maina Chapel under Batim Parish for many years. He worked tirelessly to restore the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude. He had a great devotion to Mother Mary. He expired on 23rd December 2000, at the age of 91. He will be forever remembered as a stalwart among the first members of the Re-organized Society.





FR. JOAO SANTANA SEQUEIRA

Fr. Joao Santana Sequeira was born on 15th November 1912 in Moira. After completing his primary education, he entered ‘Aulas Filias’ in Mapusa and completed his preparation course. After completing this course, he entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his priestly studies in 1928. He was ordained a Sub- deacon in 1939 and received his Diaconate Ordination on 19th October 1941. He was ordained on 12th April 1942 by Patriarch D. Jose Costa Nunes at Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa. Having nurtured a desire since long to become a missionary; he entered the Society of Pilar in 1944 and made his First Profession on 17th June 1945. He was sent to the Mission of Nagar Haveli and worked in Shelti. He came back to Goa in 1951 and was appointed as a Director of Fr. Agnel Boarding, Arpora. After that, he was appointed as Parish Priest at Rivona. He worked in the Mission of Khanvel and Dapadda from 1952-59. As a brave Missionary, he worked at a time when there were no motor vehicles and went about his missionary work either on foot or on horseback. He served the poor and the needy and treated their illnesses with herbal medicines. He was a Regional Superior from 1959-65. Later he was appointed as Parish Priest of Khanvel in 1965. He came back to Goa and worked as Parish Priest of Sanguem from 1975-82. He worked as Parish Priest of Sanvordem and Dabal too. Likewise, he spent the last 10 years of his life in the Mission of Bhopal, speaking about God’s love among the Lepers and the orphans. He suffered a heart attack and died peacefully on 15th December 2004 at the age of 92.





Fr.Jose Anunciacao Menezes

Beloved Member of the Society of Pilar can be called “The Father of the poor”, one of the greatest missionaries of the Society. He toiled for 41 years in the mission of Nagar Haveli. He was born on 25th March 1917. He completed his schooling in St. Rita’s Chapel in Carona and entered the Rachol Seminary and having completed his Priestly training was ordained on 16th April 1944 by Patriarch Dom Jose Costa Nunes. He celebrated his first Mass on 15th May 1944 in Pirna – Bardez. He was drawn towards Religious life while reading the life of Saint Alfonso Ligori. Initially he wanted to join the Franciscans but then dropped that idea and joined Pilar.
After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his first profession in 1945. His first appointment was in the Xaverian Printing Press (where he worked for 10 months), but soon he was sent to the mission of Chisdda, Nagar Haveli. After that he worked in Sindoni (1948-57) appointed first Parish Priest of Khanvel. Later he worked in Dudhni Mission (1959-71) and Dapadda (1971-73). This great missionary was appointed the Superior General of the Society of Pilar by the congregation for the propagation of Faith in 1973, a post he held for two years at a difficult period in the life of the Society and then returned to the Nagar Haveli Mission as Regional Superior. A brave missionary he worked at a time when there were no motor vehicles. He visited his flock either on foot or on Horseback. He faced many hardships but never ever neglected his people. He became poor for the sake of the poor and died a poor man. He worked tirelessly for the upliftment of the poor Adivasis. His feet carried him to the remotest villages and jungles, hills and valleys of Nagar Haveli. Even in the seventies, his enthusiasm for mission work did not wane. He mastered the local language and dialects and was fully immersed in the culture of the place. He was so committed to the mission that he had resolved never to leave it, till his death. This great missionary died on 11th July 1989 at the age of 72. As per his wishes he was buried in the mission. A road in Khanvel has been named after him. Even after 25 years, he still inspires the generation of Pilar missionaries.





FR. THOMAS VILANOVA MASCARENHAS

Fr. Thomas Vilanova Mascarenhas was born on 14th February 1902 in Calangute. He entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his Priestly studies there. He was under the spiritual guidance of Ven. Agnelo for about 5 years. He was ordained on 3rd March 1926 in the Church of Our Lady of Pilar. He worked as an Assistant Parish Priest for 1 year in Panaji. He was a chaplain of St. Michael’s convent, karwar from 1927-29. He served as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Assumption Church, Karwar from 1938-40. He was in Azra Kolhapur from 1940-42 and Parish Priest in Vengurla till 1945. He came to Pilar in 1945. After completing his Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 24th February 1946. He was appointed as a ‘Director’ of Seminary. He served as a ‘Vicar’ of Sanguem Mission in 1951 and Parish Priest in Sanvordem from 1953-55.He was austere by nature and demanded strict discipline when appointed as a ‘Director’ of Major Seminary. He was also appointed one of the General councilor of the Society of Pilar. He often said, “It is a loss for the Society, if we live a lethargic life and difficult to recover it.” He was a man of Faith with a simple lifestyle who completed 51 years of Religious life and 70 years of Priesthood in the Lord’s vineyard. He died on 15th December 1996 at the age of 95.



FR. OVIDIO DA CUNHA

Fr. Ovidio da Cunha was born on 8th April 1922 in Colvale. After completing his schooling, he entered the Society of Pilar on 1st July 1944 and made his Final Profession on 16th June 1946. He completed his Priestly Studies in Pilar Seminary and was ordained on 1st August 1954 by Patriarch Jose Alvernaz in Rachol Seminary Church. He was appointed as a ‘Prefect’ at Fr. Agnel Hostel from 1954 to 1958. From 1958-60, he served in the Delhi Mission and Simla Mission from 1960-62.He also worked at Fr. Agnel Ashram, Bandra- Mumbai for a few years. He was appointed as a ‘Director’ of Novices from 1970-78. He served as a ‘Rector’ in Minor Seminary from 1978-82 and was a Spiritual Director too. He was one of the finest preachers of the Society of Pilar. He preached novenas and retreats in several Parishes in Goa. He died on 19th February 1996.





FR. SEBASTIAO FRANCISCO FERNANDES

Fr. Sebastiao Francisco Fernandes was born on 26th May 1920 in Ucassaim. After completing his primary education, he came to Pilar in 1936. After completing a course in Aulas Filias, Mapusa, he entered the Rachol Seminary in 1939. There he studied for 5 years and came to Pilar in 1944. He made his First Profession on 16th June 1949 and Final Profession on 16th June 1954. He completed his Philosophy and Theology in Pilar Seminary. He was ordained on 1st August 1954 by Archbishop D. Jose Vieira Alvernaz in Rachol Seminary. He was appointed as a ‘Prefect’ of Seminary from 1954-55, and Assistant Parish Priest of Sanguem from 1956-58. He was sent to Sindoni and Khanvel Mission. He was appointed as a ‘Parish Priest’ of Collem in 1961 and supervised the construction of the School building. From there, he served in Castle Rock Church and later at Monki Church for 3 years as Vicar; Vicar of Daman Grande from 1975-83 and Daman Pequeno Church from 1983 to 1990.He was appointed as the Confessor of Novices from 1993-97. He was a simple man with a simple lifestyle and a devotee of St. Sebastian. He toiled to serve the poor and was an ardent preacher of Word of God. He died on 27th July 2001 at the age of 81.





BRO. ROSARIO BENEDITO LOUZADO

Bro. Rosario Benedito Louzado was born on 3rd March 1897 in Sawantwadi. After completing his education, he worked at various places in Mumbai. Accepting God’s call to the Religious life, he entered the Society of Pilar and made his First Profession on 2nd March 1947. He was always obedient and faithfully observed the rules and the regulations of the Society. He worked as a ‘Bursar’ in the Monastery and served everyone with utmost care. He was an expert in the culinary arts. He had a soft corner for missionaries who came to Pilar for rest and holiday and took special care of them. In his old age, he suffered patiently, always with the Rosary in his hand accepting God’s will. While surrounded by members at his deathbed, he peacefully passed away on 6th August 1980.





FR. JOAO FRANCISCO DE ASSIS DIAS

Fr. Joao Francisco de Assis Dias was born on 27th August 1913 in Raia. He was an enthusiastic missionary of the Society of Pilar and toiled hard as a missionary. He was ordained on 5th October 1942 as a Diocesan Priest and later joined the Society of Pilar and made his Final Profession on 19th June 1947. He instilled God’s love in people’s hearts through his words and deeds. Though he was in the Society for a short span of time, he did significant missionary work. He worked in the places like Sanguem, Sanvordem and Khanvel. He built a Chapel and two Churches and even worked with his own hands carrying stones and mortar. He expired on 4th September 1966.







FR. JOAQUIM ANTONIO JERONIMO PEREIRA

Fr. Joaquim Antonio Jeronimo Pereira was born on 30th September 1918 in Majorda. After completing his Priestly studies in Rachol Seminary, was ordained on 30th September 1945. After two years, he joined the Society of Pilar. After completing his Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 19th June 1947. He was the Editor of Vauraddeacho Ixtt from 1954-71. He successfully assisted in building Major Seminary Building at Pilar and worked with great dedication. On the basis of his academic excellence, he was sent to Rome for further studies. There, he secured his Doctorate in Canon Law. After coming back to Pilar, he was appointed as a Rector of the Seminary in 1951; General Councillor from 1955-59 and Vicar General from 1962-67. Those Priests, who were formed under his guidance, remember his methods of formation and his discipline. He served as a Vicar in Sanvordem from 1971-73 and Regional Superior of Sanguem. He was appointed as a Regional Superior of Mumbai. There, he worked tirelessly for the upliftment of various institutes in Fr. Agnel Ashram (Mumbai). He was kind, gentle and always with a smiling face that would draw people close to him. He was an excellent gardener and planted different types of trees around the Seminary. He was instrumental in getting the stained glass windows prepared in Germany and installed in the Seminary Chapel. Similarly the Marble Altar was also put up, through his hard efforts. From 1999, his health started deteriorating. He expired on 8th April 2007, Bandra – Mumbai. His Funeral and Burial took place in Pilar.





FR. GERVASIO PINTO

Fr. Gervasio Pinto was born on 19th June 1922 in Moira. He completed his schooling in St. Joseph High School, Arpora and completed his B.A at St. Xavier’s, Mumbai. He entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his Priestly studies there. Later he joined the Society of Pilar. After completing his novitiate, he made his First Profession on 19th June 1948. Earlier he was ordained on 23rd September 1947. While in Bombay, he rendered services in Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Chapel, Chembur. He was appointed as a ‘Principal’ of Guardian Angel School, Sanvordem and within a short span of time; he upgraded the school to a High School and became quite famous in Goa as an Educationist. He worked for 22 years to raise the standard of the School and make it one of the best in Goa. In 1974, Fr. Gervasio was awarded ‘State Award for Education’ for his immense contribution in the field of Education. He was elected as the ‘Superior General’ of the Society of Pilar on 24th January 1975. He opened many new Missions during his tenure as Superior General. He died on 31st March 1981 and funeral was held on 2nd April 1981.





FR. TOME JOSE MARIA MONIZ

Fr. Tome Jose Maria Moniz was born on 27th February 1914 in Aldona. He completed his primary education in Aldona and First Year of Latin in Guirim and completed his 2nd and 3rd Year in “Collegio Vieira” at Mapusa. He entered the Rachol Seminary in 1932, completed his Theology in 1941, and was ordained on 3rd October 1942. He was appointed as a ‘Prefect of Discipline’ on the basis of his virtues. He was appointed as a Assistant Parish Priest of Assolna Church from 1942-46. While working here, he felt a great desire to become a missionary and hence, came to Pilar on 1st January 1946. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 3rd October 1947 and his Final Profession on 3rd October 1951. He was appointed as a ‘Director’ of Fr. Agnel Study House at Arpora; Society’s General Treasurer from 1948 to 1951 and Rector of Pilar Seminary in 1949. He worked in Nagar Haveli from 1951-1960. He was appointed as a Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Ambernath from 1960-70. He was again sent to Nagar Haveli where he worked from 1971-75. He was appointed ‘Dean’ of Daman from 1975-83; Parish Priest of Holy Church and Our Lady of Remedies Church from 1975-83. He built many Churches and Chapels in Nagar Haveli. He lovingly treated his fellow workers. He was a model of meekness and humility, loveable person, never discouraged but always enthusiastic. He died on 27th February 1985 and as per his wishes buried in Daman.





FR. CIPRIANO INACIO XAVIER FERRAO

BRO. SEBASTIAO BARNETTO Bro. Sebastiao Barnetto was born on 24th January 1925 in Loutolim. After completing his education, he started working in Mumbai. He felt a great desire to become a missionary while working in Mumbai and thus, entered the Society of Pilar in 1945. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 1st November 1947. For over 50 years he worked with a Missionary’s zeal. He used to complete his assigned tasks with full responsibility and guided others to do the same. He was appointed as the Manager of the Xaverian Printing Press. He helped to publish many books, thus promoting “Good Literature”. He also worked as a Procurator of the Monastery. He sincerely carried out his work without caring much for his health. On the day of his death, he attended a rally at Old Goa to protest against attack on Christians and worked as usual that evening. That night he suffered a massive heart attack and expired. It was 2nd December 1998. He had great love and affection for the children and the poor and needy and never send them back empty handed. Archbishops, Filipe Neri Ferrao and Raul Gonsalves appreciated and praised his contribution to the Church in Goa.





FR. CIPRIANO INACIO XAVIER FERRAO

Fr. Cipriano Inacio Xavier Ferrao was born on 26th September 1915 in Agassiam. He completed his primary education in the Parochial School, Agassaim. After completing his priestly studies in Rachol Seminary, was ordained on 1st March 1945. He was appointed as a Assistant Parish Priest at Benaulim. There, he served for 2 years. While working here, he felt a great desire to become a Missionary and hence, entered the Society of Pilar in 1947. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 22nd June 1948 and served at the Society’s Study House for Seminarians at Arpora. In 1949, he was sent to Nagar Haveli Mission; there he served the poor Adhivasis. He was appointed as a Procurator General of the Society of Pilar and Manager of Printing Press. He was sent to Ambernath Church in 1959. There, he secured his BA, B. Ed and MA degree. He was appointed as a Headmaster of Fatima School; Principal of Fr. Agnel Technical School, Bandra (1971-78); Vicar of Sanvordem Church (1978-87); Dean or Vicar of Sanguem (1982-90); Regional Superior of Sanguem (1981-87) and Parochial Administrator of Collem (1990-93). Soon after coming back to Pilar, he served as an Assistant to Vice Postulator for the cause of Ven. Agnelo. He was a lover of Music, Games such as Cricket and Football and was a good player. He often wrote the Sports section of the weekly V. Ixtt. He was a Violinist. In his old age, he often played Violin in his room and sang devotional hymns to Our Lady. He died on 11th October 2002 at the age of 87.





BRO. ALBERT FERNANDES

Bro. Albert Fernandes was born on 8th December 1919 in Aldona. He completed his primary education and entered the Society of Pilar. After completing his Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 24th October 1948 and his Final Profession in 1954. He managed many major projects of the Society of Pilar and was a Procurator of the Major Seminary. He worked tirelessly during the construction of the All India Mission Seminary. He was like a gentle giant, a humble loving person loved by the young and the old. Sadly, he suffered a heart attack and died on 12th July 1979 and his funeral was held on 13th July 1979. The Seminary Hall, now called “Bro. Albert Hall” has been named after him in recognition of his great contribution in putting up the Seminary edifice.








FR. SEBASTIAO MANUAL RODRIGUES

Fr. Sebastiao Manual Rodrigues was born 5th September 1929 in Borim to Mr. Francisco Rodrigues and Ms Leticia Rodrigues. He completed his schooling and entered the Pilar Seminary in 1948. He made his First Profession on 16th July 1949. On the basis of his excellent academic performance he was sent to Rome by the superior, where he completed his Philosophy and Theology at the Urbanianum College. He secured his Doctorate in Philosophy and obtained a Licentiate in Theology. He was ordained on 21st December 1955 by Cardinal Micaran at Rome. After coming back to Pilar in 1957, he was appointed ‘Novice Master’ and later Rector of the Seminary. He was appointed as a ‘Director’ of the students studying at Pilar Niketan, Nagpur from 1968-69. He taught in the Seminary from 1969-72. He was appointed as the ‘Superior General’ of the Society from 1969-72; Vicar of Daman Pequeno Church from 1972-73; Professor of St. Joseph Seminary, Allahabad from 1973-75 and served in Daman Grande from 1975-76. He served in Fr. Agnel Ashram, Bandra from 1978. He expired on 13th February 2012 at Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai.





FR. ISMAEL FRIAS PINTO

Fr. Ismael Frias Pinto was born on 19th January 1924 in Socorro, Porvorim. After completing his primary education, he entered the Rachol Seminary in 1939 and completed his preparation course. While completing his Philosophy in St. Joseph’s Seminary, Allahabad, he felt a great desire to become a missionary and hence entered the Society of Pilar in 1949. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 6th July 1950. He completed his Theology and was ordained on 1st August 1954 by Patriarch Dom Jose Vieira Alvernaz. Soon after his ordination, he was sent to Guardian Angel Hostel, Sanvordem where he served for 3 years. From 1957-58, he served as a Chaplain of Kurdi Chapel and served in Fr. Agnel Ashram, Mumbai from 1958-63. He worked in Ambernath Church from 1963-70 and there he secured his BA and B.Ed degree and was appointed Principal of Fatima School, Ambernath. He served as a Principal and Headmaster at Fr. Agnel School, Pilar from 1970-78. In 1978, he secured his MA degree and for 5 years, he served as a Principal and Headmaster of Miracles High School, Sanguem. Inspite of retiring in 1984, he continued to serve in the Churches of Ambernath, Daman and Agonda. He demanded strict discipline from his students. Students recalled that it was Fr. Pinto’s strict discipline that made them achieve heights in life. He had a great devotion to Mother Mary. He died on 12th March 2007.





FR. MENINO ALMEIDA

Fr. Menino Almeida was born on 3rd August 1927 in Binga, Karwar. He completed his schooling (7th Standard) in kannada language. He came to Pilar in 1942 and completed his preparation course – ‘Curso Preparatorio’. He entered the Seminary in 1947 and having completed one year of Novitiate, made his First Profession on 17th June 1951 and was ordained on 2nd January 1959. Soon after his ordination, he was appointed as a ‘Prefect’ of the Seminary. In 1960, he was appointed as Assistant Parish Priest of Sanguem Church and was sent to Nagar Haveli. There, he served till 1962. He was appointed as Assistant Parish Priest of Sanguem Church from 1962-66. For over two and a half years, he served in the Parish of Dabal. He was sent to Daman in 1968 and was a Procurator of the Major Seminary from 1968-70. He was sent to Collem Church in 1970. He served as a vicar in Dabal from 1974-82, Chaplain of Molkornnem from 1982-92 and then served in Sanvordem Church. In 1993, he was appointed Parish Priest in Kota Church, Karnataka. For over 6 years, he served “On the Staff” in Sanguem Church. Later, Fr. Menino Almeida had to reside in Pilar Monastery because of his health issues. He expired on 19th June 2007.





FR. INACINHO DOURADO

Fr. Inacinho Dourado was born on 26th December 1916 in Cortalim. After completing his primary education, he entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his priestly studies there. He was ordained on 12th January 1947 by Cardinal Valerian Gracias in Navelim. Soon after his ordination, he worked as Secretary to the Bishop in Mysore Diocese. After two months, he was appointed Assistant Parish Priest at St. Philomena’s Cathedral Mysore. After coming back to Goa, he was appointed Assistant Parish Priest of Nuvem Church from 1948-1950. He felt a great desire to become a Missionary and hence entered the Society of Pilar in 1950. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 17th June 1951. After that, he worked at Our Lady of Dolors Church, Sonapur, Mumbai and St. Ignatius Church, Mumbai. He was appointed Assistant Parish Priest of Ambernath from 1951-1957 and later as Parish Priest and Principal of the School. Fr. Inacinho Dourado was awarded by Lion’s Club, Ambernath for his immense contribution in the field of Education. He worked as a Chaplain in Sindoni Mission, Nagar Haveli. He was appointed as the Superior of Punjab-Haryana Mission and of Fr. Agnel Ashram. He was also appointed one of the General Councillors of the Society from 1970-74, Manager of Xaverian Publications from 1970-74, Principal of Fr. Agnel High School and Director of the Hostel. For over 50 years, he worked with a missionary zeal. He played a very important role in upliftment of weaker sections of the society thereby educating and providing employment opportunities to the youth. He performed his duty with meticulous care. He died on 7th April 1999 at the age of 83.



FR. FILOMENO EGIPSY

Fr. Filomeno Egipsy was born on 2nd October 1930 in Calangute. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 17th June 1951. He completed his Priestly Studies in College of Propaganda and was ordained on 21st December 1955 by Cardinal Micara at Vatican. He completed his Higher Studies in Rome and secured his Doctorate. He was kind, gentle and always carried a smile on his face that would draw people close to him. A Professor of the Major Seminary, Fr. Filomeno Egipsy lost his life, due to drowning in the sea at Bogmalo during the Annual picnic on 4th October 1961. The loss of a young and enthusiastic Priest cast a gloom of sorrow in the Seminary and the Society of Pilar over a long period of time. He left a deep impression on both young and old during a short period of his priestly life in the Society of Pilar.





FR. FILOMENA DA COSTA

Fr. Filomena da Costa was born on 26th December 1932 in Mandur. In order to become a Missionary Priest, he entered the Society of Pilar. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 16th June 1952 and was ordained on 1st January 1959. Soon after his ordination, he was appointed as Assistant Parish Priest of Guardian Angel Church, Sanvordem and later, as a ‘Prefect’ of Fr. Agnel School Hostel. He worked at Guardian Angel Hostel, Sanvordem from 1959-1961 and Headmaster and Manager of Miracles High School, Sanguem from 1963-1977. He was appointed Vice-President of ‘All Goa Schools Sports Association’ from 1964-66. Acknowledging his enthusiasm and knowledge in the field of Education, he was appointed as a Member of the SSC Board, Pune. He was appointed as a Member of the Managing Committee and later President of ‘All Goa Headmasters Association’ from 1966-74, Member of Goa Diocesan Education from 1970-77 and Advisor of Education Committee from 1971-73. He was also appointed Secretary of ‘All Goa Headmasters Association’ from 1972-76 and was Member of the Advisory Committee for Education of Sanguem Municipality. He was the Vice-President of ‘All Goa Schools Managing Committee’ from 1973-75, Vice-President of Boys Scouts and Guides, Sanguem from 1974-76 and President of ‘Goa Board of Physical Education’. His immense contribution in the field of Education is praiseworthy. He served as a Principal of Fr. Agnel School, Pilar for 11 years and Principal of Junior College for 10 years. For almost 41 years of his Priestly life, he toiled in the field of Education. He contributed immensely to begin the Fr. Agnel Degree College in Pilar. Great Educationist, Fr. Filomena da Costa expired on 28th March 2000.



FR. PETER. M. MATHIAS

Fr. Peter. M. Mathias was born on 22nd February 1935 in Mangalore. After completing his primary education he entered the Society of Pilar with a desire to become a Missionary Brother. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 16th June 1952. In a short while, he felt a great desire to become a Priest and hence completed his Priestly studies and was ordained on 15th August 1962 by Patriarch Jose Alvernaz. After becoming a Priest, for three months he worked as Assistant Parish Priest of Sanvordem Church. Later, he was sent to Sirsa and Bathinda Mission. He served as a ‘Procurator’ in Pilar Monastery for 1 year and was appointed as a Principal and Headmaster of Fatima School, Rivona from 1966 to 1980; Principal and Headmaster of Our Lady of Piety School from 1980 -1990 and Principal of Sanguem in 1990. In 1996, he served in Ambernath and Badlapur Parishes and served as a ‘Vicar’ in Holy Name Church, Moti Daman in 2006. In 2011, he came back to Pilar because of his health issues. He died on 29th February 2012 at the age of 77.



BRO. ALEIXO CAMILO MELLO

Member of Society of Pilar, Bro. Aleixo Camilo Mello was born on 15th July 1923 in Mapusa. He completed his schooling in St. Stanislaus, Bandra and joined the St. Paul Seminary. There he studied for 4 years. He was forced to leave the seminary because of his health issues but was firm in his Religious vocation. He came to the Society of Pilar in 1950. After completing One year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 16th June 1952. He worked as the Assistant Manager of “India” Magazine, a monthly of the Society of Pilar and as a Manager in 1954. After working in the Office of Xaverian Co-operators, he was sent to Nagar Haveli Mission; there he worked tirelessly for 6 years. He was even beaten up by Communalists in Nagar Haveli, but was brave in his witnessing to the Faith. He worked for 2 years in the Mission of Daman. In 1975, he helped in arranging and maintaining the Pilar Archives. He was a helpful man. He expired on 3rd December 1992.



BRO. CRISPINO ALEX SOUZA

Member of Society of Pilar, Bro. Crispino Alex Souza was born on 25th October 1930 in Carona, Aldona. He entered the Society of Pilar in 1950 and made his First Profession on 16th June 1952. He often said: “I have worked all my life in the Missions; I would like to die in the Missions”. Seeing his eagerness, he was sent to Nagar Haveli Mission by the Superior General. There he worked for 35 years. He never turned his back and was always ready to do any kind of work assigned to him. For many years, he served the poor and the needy in Khanvel and Sindoni. He worked tirelessly and helped in bringing about a change in the lives of the Adivasis of Chisda, Karasganv and Dudhni. As a brave Missionary, he worked at a time when there were no motor vehicles and completed his missionary work by either walking or on horseback. There was a saying among the people and the missionaries for Bro. Crispino “The Horse may get exhausted but Bro. Crispin continues trotting.” After almost retiring from the Mission of Nagar Haveli, he worked for 3 years in Collem and came back to Pilar in 1990. He requested the Superior General to send him to Bhopal Mission. His request was granted. He died on 1st November 1995 in Bhopal Mission. His life was an example of simplicity and deep faith.



FR. JOAO PEDRO MENEZES

Fr. Joao Pedro Menezes was born on 12th August 1908 in Revora. He entered the Rachol Seminary and completed his Priestly studies there. He was ordained on 13th October 1937. For over 15 years he served in the Archdiocese of Goa. He served as a Chaplain in Chinchinim as well as in Bhatpal. During that course of time, he felt a great desire to become a Missionary and hence entered the Society of Pilar. After completing one year of Novitiate, he made his First Profession on 8th September 1952. He was sent to Nagar Haveli Mission. He was a Vicar of Silvassa in 1954 and worked prudently during the liberation of Nagar Haveli. He was appointed ‘Procurator’ of the Society from 1969 -74. He faithfully followed the rules and regulations of Religious life. He was always obedient to his Superiors. He was fond of Konkani language and read Vavraddeancho Ixtt enthusiastically till the end. He died on 17th February 1981 at the age of 72.



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