10 Our Sacerdotal Golden Jubilarians

posted Jan 11, 2018, 7:50 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 7:50 AM ]
Fifty years ago, 19 dynamic deacons were ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Bombay. They set forth, fortified by faith and the blessings of many, eager to serve God's people, traverse different paths, and break new ground. As we look back over these 50 years, we are deeply grateful for the significant contributions each has made to enrich the lives of their flock and the Archdiocese.

Among those who are still with us:

Bosco Penha was the first diocesan priest to be appointed as a resident Professor at St Pius X College. He was Professor of Theology; then Dean of Studies, and subsequently, Rector of the Seminary.

Fr Bosco, significantly, convened the First Bombay Priests' Synod in 1980, consequent to which he established the Small Christian Communites (SCCs) in the Archdiocese of Bombay - a vibrant movement of faith in action, which has now spread throughout India. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in 1987.

Bishop Bosco also served as Chairman of the CBCI Commissions of Laity, Family and Women.

Fr Vernon Aguiar made it his mission to be fully involved in the parishes and schools, and in the formation of SCCs in the Archdiocese, wherever he was appointed. Having served as Dean in many deaneries, Fr Vernon is now Ecclesiastical Adviser to the Hope & Life Movement and the Coordinator for SCCs in Central Suburbs Deanery.

Fr Simon Borges, in addition to his pastoral work, was appointed Dean in different deaneries, and also an Archdiocesan Consultor. As builder and conservator, he has to his credit the Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni by the Sea, Uttan, the renovation of the heritage structure of Our Lady of Hope Church at Ghormal, Thane, and the extension and renovation of Holy Cross Church, Kurla.

He initiated the Prison Ministry in Thane, and set up AASRA – a shelter for destitute street children which completed its Silver Jubilee in November 2017! At St Michael's, Mahim, he has instituted a Counselling Centre.

Musically gifted, Fr Joe Pereira was able to make a tremendous contribution at his first two parishes - Our Lady of Victories, Mahim and Cathedral of the Holy Name, Fort.

He received a vocation within a vocation at the end of his term as Parish Priest in Mt Carmel when, inspired by Mother Teresa, the Kripa Foundation was born. This foundation caters to all who suffer from addictions. A unique aspect is the incorporation of Yoga for addiction recovery which has now spread to over 40 countries as the 'Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga'.