I convey to you the sad news that our confrere, Fr. Naveen Hubert Baldwin Lewis, sfx left for his heavenly abode today. He was 50. All of us are deeply shocked; God knows his ways.
A Requeim Mass will be held at Fr. Agnel School, Waliv, Vasai East at 11.00 a.m on April 11th, 2019
. Another Requiem Mass will be held at 5.00 p.m on April 11th 2019 at Holy Cross Church, Koliwada Juhu. His mortal remains will then be brought to Pilar, Goa. The funeral Mass will be held on Friday, 12th April, 2019 at 3.30 p.m at the Pilar Monastery, followed by burial at the Pilar Cemetery.
Fr. Naveen Lewis hails from Udyavar, Mangalore. He was born on 24th June 1968, to Donath P. Lewis and Rita Vaz. He was baptised on 28th June, 1968 and received the Sacrament of Confirmation on 24th June, 1979. He entered the Novitiate in 1988 and made his first commitment to the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier on 12th June 1988. He completed his Philosophy and Theology studies and made his final profession to the Society on 11th June 1996. He was ordained a priest on 5th May, 1997.
Fr. Lewis was first appointed Assistant to the Parish Priest in Udyavar Mangalore from 1997-1998. Thereafter he did a year of language and was appointed Director of Xavierian Pustokxaal from 1998-99. He was appointed Chaplain of Our Lady of Pilar Chapel, Sindoni from January 2000 to June 2002. He was appointed Assistant to the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima Church Ambernath from July 2002 to May 2004. He was appointed Parish Priest of Holy Cross Church, Juhu from May 2004 to June 2007. He was also Manager of Holy Cross School and Local Delegate Superior during this period.
Fr. Lewis was appointed Parish Priest of Our Lady of Sea Church, Nani Daman from June 2008 to April 2010. He was appointed Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Roha from May 2010 to June 2013. In October 2012, he was appointed First Provincial Councillor of Mumbai Province.
From June 2013 he was appointed Principal of Gyanmata English School and Gyanmata Marathi High School at Khanwel. He was also appointed Assistant Parish Priest of Khanwel.He was appointed Headmaster of Holy Cross High School, Juhu and Assistant to the Parish Priest of Holy Cross Juhu from June 2014 till date.
Fr. Naveen Lewis was attending the Provincial Chapter of the Mumbai Province which began today, April 10, 2019. He felt ill and was rushed to the doctor. On the way to the hospital, he breathed his last and returned to the Heavenly Father. We pray to the Heavenly Father to receive our confrere Fr. Naveen Hubert Baldwin Lewis to the joys of eternal life.