"History is a storehouse of human experience and as such an irreplaceable educator. For sure knowledge of the past lets us draw upon earlier human experience, facilitating our leap into the future with a sense of ease and confidence." Fr Vijay Kumar Prabhu, SJ in"The Burning Bush: The History of Karnataka Jesuit Province"by Fr Devadatta Kamath, SJ

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Life in History

 The Karnataka Jesuit Province, originally the "The Mangalore Mission" today comprises the whole of the territory of Karnataka State. Started in 1878 with an international group of Jesuits from Italy and Germany, in a small town of Mangalore, the Jesuits continue to follow in the footsteps of the early Fathers and Brothers who gave themselves to the service of faith, education, health, language and happiness. They made our land richer by establishing educational institutions, hospitals, parishes, retreat houses, etc. The Jesuits in Karnataka continue to strive and to live the spirituality in word and action taught by the founder St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) which inspired the first Fathers and Brothers who set their foot on our soil.  The founding Fathers and Brothers even though being foreigners not only learnt our mother tongues Konkani, Tulu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, etc., but also ate our food and integrated themselves in our society as any one of us. 

"The mission territory inherited by the Jesuits from the Carmelites and called Mangalore Mission comprised then what would later constitute the dioceses of Mangalore and Calicut and later still Kannur too. Having laboured in this territory for nearly three-quarters of a century they would disengage themselves from a part of it called Malabar and move over to the rest of Karnataka and even to North East." Fr Devadatta Kamath, SJ The author of "The Burning Bush: The History of the Karnataka Province."

 Their labours, both in their successes and failures, spread through 142 years are what this web blog contains.

Map of Karnataka, where Jesuits are working

The depository of Karnataka Jesuit archives continues to gather material from Jesuits and their institutions as a way to keep the memory of our predecessors and institutions alive. With its thorough record maintenance and systematic organization, the experience of the past continues to inspire the present and future generation of Jesuits and their collaborators in striving to bring Glory to God in all things. You are always welcome to contact us if you would like to get the history of our Fathers and Brothers better known to others.

Until recently, Karnataka Jesuit Province treasured artifacts collected by many Jesuits including Fr Lawrence D’Souza (1932-2009) and postal stamps and coins by Brother Gabriel Ferruccio, SJ (1939-2013) and Fr Alexis P. Menezes (1922-2002). Now, most of it has been donated to the upcoming Museum of St Joseph's College, Bangalore and St Joseph's School CBSE, Bangalore and St Aloysius College Museum, Mangalore. 

Contact details are below.

- Olvin Veigas, SJ
In Charge of the Archives of Karnataka Jesuit Province. 

Provincialate of the Jesuits in Karnataka
Loyola Mandir, 
96 Lavelle Road, 3rd Cross, 
Bengaluru - 560001.

Fr Dominic Ferroli (1887-1970)

Fr Ferroli who passed away in Italy on 4th October 1970 at the ripe old age of 84, was one of the great luminaries of the former Mangalore Mission. Born in Italy on 13th November 1887, he did his early studies in the Diocesan Seminary. He entered the Society in  January 1906 and did his novitiate at Soresina and later his first year of philosophy at  Cremona. In 1910 he was sent to England where he completed his philosophy at  Stonyhurst and then joined the Liverpool University. Here he had for companion Fr Leo Proserpio, who became later the Bishop of Calicut.

The two of them came to India in 1913, reaching Mangalore on October 26. Fr Ferroli spent 3 years at St Aloysius College doing his regency and then proceeded to Kurseong for his theology. He was ordained in   January 1920. At the end of the same year, Fr Ferroli was sent back to Italy and joined the University of Padua where he took his doctorate in  Physics in1923. Back in India at the end of the year, he did his tertianship at Ranchi and then joined the staff of St Aloysius College in November 1924. For the next 10 years, he worked in Mangalore teaching Mathematics and religion in the College, running study clubs for boys or organizing public lectures and writing books.

After a brief stay in Italy in 1934, he was posted at Christ Hall, Calicut where he was first in charge of the carbon factory and then taught in the Juniorate. In 1937 Fr Ferroli was transferred to Bangalore where he took up work at St Joseph's College, which was then newly taken over by the Jesuits of the Mangalore Mission. Here he organized the first  Summer School which continued to be held for a number of years. 

During the Second World War, Fr Ferroli was interned in N. India, and was allowed to return to the Mission only in1945. He stayed for a time in Calicut and then went to Bangalore in 1947 where he took up work in St Joseph's College once more. Fr Ferroli returned to Italy in 1956 when he was long past the age for active work in the College. But he continued his labours in Italy, keeping himself busy with various forms of apostolic work almost till the end.

A highly intellectual man, Fr Ferroli was at the same time an assiduous worker. While fully occupied in teaching, he found time to write several books. The best known of these are his Studies in Christian Sanctity (a second edition was published under the title of 'The Queen's Call'), Ethics or Moral Science in three volumes, Jesuits in Malabar in two volumes, and Jesuits in Mysore. The two last show great research and scholarship and a  sense of historical perspective.

An eloquent preacher, his sermons were always a delight to hear, while as a confessor he was greatly in demand. Seemingly absorbed in intellectual pursuits and grave-looking, he was at the same time an amiable man who kept the ball rolling during community recreation by his humorous stories. Above all, he was a   man of prayer and great personal sanctity. It was a source of edification to watch him recite the breviary or his rosary – so great was his recollection. May God grant him the reward of his great labours. 

Written by Fr Devadatta Kamath

in The Burning Bush Part II Volume 2, Pages 39-40, 2008 (Unpublished, Kar Province Archives). 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Loyola Bangalore

LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL, Mt. St. Joseph, Bannerghatta Road

(Inception and Expansion)

BANGALORE JESUIT EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY runs many educational institutions. Loyola High School is one of them. The birth of LOYOLA SCHOOL in 1982 (at Mount Saint Joseph, Kalena Agrahara village) was a result of BJES’ policy of option for the poor. This is the first fully Kannada Medium School run by the BJES in a rural area.  It had a humble beginning. It was started in a shed near Kalena Agrahara – to serve the need of so many villages in this vast area just outside the city in Bangalore South where there was no high school in a radius of more than 10 kms. There wasn't a necessity of starting a Primary School because there were already 03 Higher Primary schools in neighbouring villages. 

Fr Alexis Menezes, the then Rector of  Mt. St. Joseph, has left behind a manuscript in which he writes thus “The decision to open the School was taken at the Province Sammelan of May 1982.  The permission to open a High School at Mount Saint Joseph was announced by the Govt in its gazette notification of July 7, 1982. In the application, the name of the school was proposed as Mount Saint Joseph High School, but soon after the school started, it was realised that for the students as well as the people of the area MSJ was a mouthful, too difficult to utter. A proposal was therefore made to the Department to change the name to Loyola highschool. The proposal was approved and hence all documents pertaining to the school are under this name...... The 17 students who were admitted were....pulled out from their homes to have a sizable group to start with........The school began functioning from July 12, 1983..... besides special fee no other fees were charged”)


Kannada medium Primary School: Since serving the poor was the priority, the school did not even think of introducing uniform to children. The poor deserve the best- so a beautiful building was constructed for the school in 1984.  Soon the Jesuits discovered that the really poor did not come to this High School because they were not in a position to complete even Primary School. Even from the immediate village of Kalena Agrahara, very few reached the high school stage because quality education was not imparted in existing Primary schools around.  Hence the Jesuits felt the need to start their own Primary school. Accordingly Primary School was started in 1989.

English medium Primary 6th and 7th Std: In 2012, 2013

English medium High school 8th, 9th & 10th: In 2014, 2015, 2016

PU College: In 2008

Degree College: In 2017

Presently, all the above units except Kannada medium Primary school, are functioning in one building, under one roof. 

Monday, December 27, 2021

Fr Lawrence Pinto SJ (1933-2021)

A popular teacher and former headmaster of St Aloysius High School, (SAHS) Light House Hill, Mangalore Fr Lawrence Pinto SJ (88) passed away at a private hospital in the city on Thursday, December 16. He served in SAHS for 18 years, including 13 years as headmaster. He was also the headmaster of St Joseph’s Indian High School, Bangalore for three years where he retired. After his retirement, he founded Loyola primary, high school and PUC in Mundgod, Uttara Kannada district. Later, he was also responsible in beginning Loyola School, Sindagi, Bijapur.
The funeral rites will be held at Fatima Retreat House, Valencia, Mangalore on Friday December 17, at 4 p.m.
Born 20.04.1933; joined 01.07.1955; ordained 29.03.1967; final vows 15.08.1972; Died: 16.12.2021

                                                Place                                     Year                            

Joined Novitiate                        Christ Hall, Calicut            1955

First Vows                                 Christ Hall, Calicut            1957

Ordination                                Bendur, Mangaluru             1967

Tertianship                                Mount St Joseph                1970

Final Vows                St Aloysius College, Mangaluru        1972


Type of work                                 Place                                                    Years

Vocation Promoter                    Gonzaga House                                       1968-70

Asst. Head Master            St Aloysius High School, Mangaluru              1970-75

Headmaster                      St Aloysius High School, Mangaluru,             1975-88

Head Master             St Joseph’s Indian High School, Bengaluru            1988-91

Parish Priest                        Mundgod                                                       1991-9

Manager & Correspondent,          Loyola School, Mundgod                    1991-05

Director                            Vivek Pragathi, Haliyal                                    2005-09

In charge                                Sindagi Centre                                            2009-12

Spiritual Ministry                Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru                2012-14

Spiritual Ministry                Mundgod                                                       2014-15

Spiritual Ministry                Loyola, Mangaluru,                                      2015-16

Convalesce,                     Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru,                  2016-2021

Courtesy: https://karnatakajesuits.org/news/obituary-fr-lawrence-pinto-sj

A Tribute to My Headmaster Fr Lawrence Pinto Sj-a Jesuit Priest of Poor Students & People

By Alfie Dsouza, Team Mangalorean. -December 19, 2021

Mangaluru: It is said, “The best and the most beautiful things in the world, cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt within the heart”. These are my sentiments about Fr Lawrence Pinto Sj, my former Headmaster at St Aloysius High School, Mangaluru in the year 1975. The last time, me and few of my classmates of 1975 year met Fr Lawrence Pinto Sj was on 4 January 2020, after we all had a class reunion a day prior to meeting Fr Lawrence Pinto and Fr Denis Rasquinha Sj, (both who were Headmasters at St Aloysius High School) when they were residing at Fatima Retreat House, Bengaluru. We all loved our school days at St Aloysius and we still cherish and have fond memories of those yester years. We still remember our strict and disciplined Headmaster in Higher Primary school-Fr Denis Coelho SJ, fondly known as “Shivaji” (because of his appearance) and in High school, Fr Denis Rasquinha SJ and Fr Lawrence Pinto SJ , whom we all loved very dearly.

More than we were overjoyed to meet our mentors, the Jesuit duo were also extremely overwhelmed to see us and they happily interacted with us. Surprisingly, even at this Golden age, both Fr Rasquinha and Fr Pinto recognized us, and even remembered our names. A Popular teacher and former headmaster of St Aloysius High School, (SAHS) Mangalore Fr Lawrence Pinto SJ (88) died at Father Muller hospital in the city on Thursday, December 16. He had served in SAHS for 18 years, including 13 years as headmaster. He was also the headmaster of St Joseph’s Indian High School, Bangalore for three years where he retired. After his retirement he founded Loyola primary, high school and PUC in Mundgod, Uttara Kannada district. Later, he was also responsible for starting Loyola School, Sindagi, Bijapur. The funeral rites were held at Fatima Retreat House, Valencia, Mangalore on Friday December 17, at 4 p.m., where a large gathering of priests, nuns, former students, well-wishers, among others paid their final respect to a great soul.

Fr Lawrence’s primary ministry was education, but it was education with a difference. As our headmaster for three years, I have noticed him as a man of discipline but not one with an iron fist, and also strict. However, he was affectionate and polite with the students, and always helped those students coming from lower-class families. He had great love towards poor children. He always gave an opportunity to explain the mischief had or hadn’t created before taking a decision on the ways to punish, that too in a manner in which students learned not to commit the mistake again as well as learn a lesson from the punishment.

Fr Lawrence was simple, down-to-earth, and soft-spoken. Born on 20 April 1933 in Kinnigoly, he was the youngest of six children, hence very shy of meeting any strangers. He had only an elder sister with whom he used to go for daily mass. He joined the Society of Jesus congregation on 1 July 1955; did his Novitiate at Christ hall, he did his philosophy in Shembag and his theology in Kurseong. He was ordained on 29.03.1967; and his final vows on15.08.1972. He was a Vocation Promoter at Gonzaga House-1968-70; Asst. Headmaster at St Aloysius High School, Mangaluru-1970-75; Headmaster at St Aloysius High School, Mangaluru- 1975-88; Headmaster at St Joseph’s Indian High School, Bengaluru-1988-91; Parish Priest at Mundgod- 1991-99; Manager & Correspondent at Loyola School, Mundgod-1991-2005; Director at Vivek Pragathi, Haliyal- 2005-09; In charge at Sindagi Centre- 2009-12; Spiritual Ministry at Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru- 2012-14; Spiritual Ministry in Mundgod- 2014-15; Spiritual Ministry at Loyola, Mangaluru- 2015-16; and Convalesce at Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru- 2016-2021

Fr Jossie D’Mello SJ Socius Karnataka Jesuit Province, the PRO of Fr Dionysius Vas SJ the present provincial in his message says, “Fr Lawrence was simple, down-to-earth and soft-spoken. His primary ministry was education. However, it was an education with a difference. Working in the city institutions for several years, after his retirement, he moved to Mundgod to open a school for the poorest of the poor. His pioneering spirit, courage and enthusiasm was amply rewarded as this school grew from strength to strength becoming Loyola Institutions, a composite PU College welcoming children from all levels of Society. With the demise of Fr Lawrence, Karnataka Jesuit Province has lost a great lover of the poor, a pioneer in the field of education and a simple and compassionate human being. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved family members of Fr Lawrence Pinto and to the members of Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru. Adieu, Fr Lawrence, till we meet again. United in prayers”.

Fr Lawrence looked serious but he had a loving heart that cared for people. He had a good rapport with his priest friends and companions. He was the uniting factor among his family members. He always played a twofold role as pastor and teacher. He would reach the school before everyone else after duly attending his religious and social service work. He was a man of team work . All these things made him so special. it is learnt that Fr Lawrence suffered a lot during the fag end of his life. But he never complained anything about his sickness or pain. He was patient and endured all sufferings till the end. He was appreciative of all the help given to him by the doctors and nursing staff of Fr Muller hospital.

Fr Lawrence Pinto’s funeral was held at Divine Mercy Church/Fatima Retreat House on 17 December, with Mass concelebrated by Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha-the Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese, joined by Fr Dionysius Vas SJ-Provincial of Karnataka Jesuit Province; Fr Melwin Pinto SJ-Rector of St Aloysius Institutions, Mangaluru; Fr Maxim Misquith SJ-Superior and Director of Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru; Fr Gerard Furtado Sj-Headmaster of St Aloysius High school, Mangaluru; Fr Cedric Prakash Sj- Social activist from Ahmedabad, Gujarath; Fr Francis Menezes Sj- the panegyrist; Fr Terence Farais Sj; Fr Norbert Fernandes Sj; Fr John Gomes Sj; Fr Alphonse Fernandes Sj; Fr Joseph Monteiro Sj; Fr Cyril D’mello Sj; Fr Pradeep Crasta Sj, among others.

In his homily, Fr Gerard Furtado Sj said, “In the Gospel John, we come across intimate relationship between God the Father and Jesus.  People as the children of God have close relationship with God the Father. This relationship helps in building trust and faith in God. Those who believe in Jesus become one with the salvation work of God the Father. Fr. Lawrence Pinto SJ through his preferential option for the poor in the field of Education and Social work has been able to build faith-oriented relationship with God the Father”

Here are a few messages paying respect to Fr Lawrence Pinto Sj, of my classmates of batch 1975 at St Aloysius High School, Mangaluru :

” Fr Lawrence Pinto was a Good Teacher, Kind, Polite and Knew His Subject Well. He Taught Us Science. Once It so happened in the Eight Standard, I didn’t finish his Class Work and it was a little late. I was worried \about missing the School Bus and started crying. He was adamant and even boxed my ears.

Later I reached home and told my Mother what happened, and she stared at me and said "Madhu, Fr L Pinto is then a Good Teacher. He is keen that you learn the Subject ." What happened almost Fifty Years ago is still fresh in my Memory. He always called out Names twice. Madhukar, Madhukar. He was well Mannered and Spoke Less. Will Miss You Sir. You Are Now At The Feet Of The Lord. Rest In Eternal Peace..Om Shanti”- Madhukar S Rao

“Fr Lawrence lived for the underprivileged and touched their lives in many impactful ways. He saw to it that the Siddhis, Kurbas, Adivasi, Lambani tribes get education. He built the Loyola institutions in a backward area and was loved by students, teachers and parents. We will truly miss our beloved Headmaster. His contribution to society was immense. Here’s a hidden tidbit- Fr Pinto was the Godchild of my grandmother, Late Winifred Colaco and on that count, I was one of his favourites. Fr Pinto used to give me red swordtail and guppy fish and that’s how I took a keen interest in fish rearing when I grew up. No doubt he was a great priest and a great human being. May His Soul Rest In Peace”– Dr. Anand Pereira

Fr Lawrence had a bold, convincing voice. He was available to the pastoral and other needs of the people. Most of all, he was aware that his mission was educating youth and children, especially the poor. Fr Lawrence Pinto you have said goodbye to this world and we believe that you are now living in the company of God. And yet we trust that you will continue to live here on earth in our minds and hearts. Adieu! So we pray, “Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon him and may the souls of the departed find rest and peace in you, Amen”.

Credits: https://www.mangalorean.com/a-tribute-to-my-headmaster-fr-lawrence-pinto-sj-a-jesuit-priest-of-poor-students-people/ 

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=MangaloreanNews&set=a.4398945886876276

Reviews from Readers on the death news of Fr Lawrence Pinto, SJ at https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=905095

Wilson, Mangalore Fri, Dec 17 2021

Have vague memories of Fr. L Pinto as headmaster but do remember him as a disciplined person and students were careful in their behavior when he was around. He has really aged well could not recognise him. May his soul rest in peace.

Oliver Aranha, Mangalore/Kuwait/Toronto Fri, Dec 17 2021

Rest in peace Fr. Lawrence, a smiley face and a kind heart.

Alwyn, Mangalore, Fri, Dec 17 2021

Father was known to us as Fr. L Pinto, from our high school days at SAC, under his guidance, my life has changed a lot, he was always with me when i was going out of course. I cannot forget his advices and suggestions given to me in mounding my future. today, he is not with us, but his teachings are the guiding pillars in me. May his soul rest in peace.

Sandy, Udupi, Fri, Dec 17 2021

Rest in peace, good Father.

Ranjan, Bangalore, Fri, Dec 17 2021

ST.ALOYSIUS --days --Was a good School Headmaster -- - dedicated - disciplined - ensured School was kept to high standards - Studies -- Sports - Cleanliness - great school campus - --- It was a time when teachers were very much dedicated - Carrot / Stick -- approach -- and having good teaching skills - It was also a time --anyone who went for tuitions - was considered a duffer ---- Unlike these days -- -- Tuitions are a must and proudly spoken about -- MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE --

Sr Sybil, St Raymond's Convent, Vamanjoor, Fri, Dec 17 2021

May his soul rest in peace

Valerian Baretto, Bantwal Bangalore Rajajinagar,  Fri, Dec 17 2021

We knew him right from 1977 the day he blessed our marriage engagement. We met him also in Bangalore. He helped many of the faculty members of St. Josephs Indian High School get houses in K.H.B.Colony in Bangalore. He is remembered by all his students and teachers. May his soul Rest in Peace. Our condolences to his Nephews and Nieces who are more than a dozen.

Edward Lobo, Agrar/Bangalore,  Fri, Dec 17 2021

Fr Lawrence was our assistant headmaster from 1971 to 1973 and later became one of the longest serving headmasters of St.Aloysius High School. Was always smiling and very helpful. He taught us catechism in 9th std. Before he came to Mangalore he was teaching in Darjeeling and used to tell us about the winter over there. His selfless service in Mundgod will be remembered always. Rest in peace dear Father.

Boniface D'souza, Moodubelle/Bangalore, Fri, Dec 17 2021

Heartfelt condolences. May his soul rest in peace.

Rita pinto, B V Rd Ml, Fri, Dec 17 2021

May his soul rest in peace

Rita pinto, B V Rd Ml, Fri, Dec 17 2021

May his soul rest in peace

Alwyn Lobo, Bellevue, Washington State, USA, Fri, Dec 17 2021

O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Fr Lawrence Pinto, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of human in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labours. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord., Amen.

mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada, Fri, Dec 17 2021

Blessed art thou who has ministered to the poor. Rest in Peace, dear Fr, Pinto

Leeda Fernandes, Bellore - Denmark, Fri, Dec 17 2021

Very sad news. Fr Lawrence very Humble and kind to everyone. A great loss for Jesuit community. Heartfelt condolences to all jesuit fathers and the Family members. May Fr. Lawrences soul rest in Peace.

M. DSouza, Mangaluru/USA, Fri, Dec 17 2021

Fr Pinto treated everyone equally. English Medium/Kannada Medium, Christian/Non Christian, Rich/Poor, Urban/Rural he did not differentiate anyone. He taught me biology in 8th standard and was our headmaster in high school. I remember the assembly we used to have. In summer he used to visit all poor children's homes and evaluate the situation at home. I know many instances, where children used to approach him during lunch time and he used to give them cash for lunch. He used to give fee concession to all deserving students. This priest is a saintly figure. Calm, smiling and respectful. Thousands of Mangalorean students have been benefitted by his service. Rest in peace. Fr Pinto. You lived your life as per Lord's teachings. Enjoy your rewards in Heaven.

sanjay pinto, manglaore, Fri, Dec 17 2021

He was known as Fr L Pinto right? I was thinking from yesterday...I was also in X B standard in 1981..Nice priest and very disciplined...May his soul rest in peace...I was one of the beneficiaries of the mid day meal scheme of Jesuit Priest...they used to give us lunch coupon and we used to eat at Hotel Ritz in Shedigudda..full plate meals for Rs 1.20 till 1981

Ritapinto, B V Rd Ml, Thu, Dec 16 2021

May his soul rest in peace

DP, Balmatta / Burlington, MA, Thu, Dec 16 2021

Rest in Peace, Dear Father. You will be always remembered.

Alfred dsouza, Mangalore, Thu, Dec 16 2021

You will be always remembered dear fr. Thank you for giving me the best childhood memories. May God grant you eternal peace.

Drs.Rita and Lionel Dias, Mangalore, Thu, Dec 16 2021

Rest in peace Father-Will miss you at retreat house on walks rosary and prayers

Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada, Thu, Dec 16 2021

My dear Rev Fr Lawrence Pinto, you are called by our Gracious Lord to do quite a number of things there in our Lovely Paradise. Dear Lord do take care of our loving Priest to stay with you in your Kingdom for ever Many THANKS to you our dear brother and friend !!!

Joel D'Souza, Highlands, Mangalore. Thu, Dec 16 2021

Truly a people's priest. Humblest of the humble. Gentle, soft-spoken with that never-vanishing trademark smile. Enjoy the eternal hereafter Father.

ROY, mangalore, Thu, Dec 16 2021

Tough disciplinarian with a heart of gold. Had the time to listen to the student, made no distinction between students and treated all the same.20 years as Headmaster at st. Aloysius high school, he would have seen thousands pass through its hallowed portals. Rest in peace Fr. Lawrence and enjoy your heavenly reward.

LJS, Dakshina Kannada, Thu, Dec 16 2021

Rest in peace Fr. Lawrence 🙏🙏🙏

William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore, Thu, Dec 16 2021

Very very nice Priest....humble and soft spoken. May his soul rest in peace.

Manohar, Udupi, Thu, Dec 16 2021

Rest in peace.

Vivian D Sousa Coove, Coove via Magundi Chikkamagalu 577160, Thu, Dec 16 2021

As a Headmaster he was a very good administrator, A loving Headmaster to students. He was accepting good suggestions given by teachers, Very democratic while conducting staff meeting. He worked among poorest of poor students in Mundgod Karwar district. May his soul rest in peace Vivian DSouza Ex teacher St Aloysius Highschool

Hegde, Bangalore, Thu, Dec 16 2021

A good School principal .. disciplined ... Encouraging both studies and sports ..good value systems.. It was a generation of no bias .. Class ..Rich or poor .. caste .. religion.. no special favours to catholics as claimed nowadays Needless politics .. May his soul rest in eternal peace ..

Fredrick Sequeira, Kallianpur, Thu, Dec 16 2021

"Well done my servant".You are instrumental in providing education to the poorest of the poor who I presume are now well placed. Jesus Most Merciful n Divine Saviour grant unto his soul eternal peace.

An Adieu to our favourite headmaster https://newskarnataka.com/more/tribute/an-adieu-to-our-favourite-headmaster/

Funeral service of Fr Lawrence Pinto, SJ in Video - YouTube

Remembering Fr Lawrence Pinto as guru and friend by Dr Izabella Selvaraj

Sunday, June 20, 2021

FR ANTHONY ZEARO, SJ (1885-1965)

 Many a time already has Father Anthony Zaro appeared in this story, and it is right I should give here what is known of his early life till his death. He was born on 2 September 1885 at Moggio Alto in Frioli, a very picturesque mountain village on a promontory over the River Fella running through a deep valley near the Udine Tarvisio Railway line. His mother Maria died when he was six, leaving him and his 4 year old sister, Theresa, who lived to tell me this story of his early life. She has an astonishingly good memory of events. Giuseppe, their father, had to migrate to Austria for work to maintain their families as the land could scarcely support them. In a letter written from India in 1929 to uncle Simon at La Plata (Argentina), Father Zearo exclaims; "Our poor family! There wants only one for Australia to say that we have been in all parts of the world!".

The two children were brought up in the house of their parents who were good to them. Anthony's First Communion was on 25 March 1895. In those days and for a half century in Moggio Basso, the village portion at the foot of the promontory, there was a good simple priest as curate, Don Domenico Tessitori, who had the rare gift of perceiving and fostering many good priestly vocations. He was Anthony's confessor and soon discovered in him signs of a true vocation. Wordly lure could not detain him, so poor he was. His father did not oppose him, but said, "If you really want to go, remember that you are of poor condition, so you should always be ready to serve others." So at 12 he joined the Udine Seminary, in November 1897, and the following year he was confirmed. He was very intelligent, as we can see it even from his letters. He finished his theology at 22. But as he was too young for Ordination, he was sent to Cividale where there was a College, to teach little seminarists.

He was ordained priest on 14 March 1908 at Udine and was appointed for Ovedasso near Moggio. His sister came to serve him.

Works in Different Fields


In the direct care of souls, the Jesuits have used all the means which experience had demonstrated as efficacious elsewhere in the world. Of these the sodalities of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Retreats deserve special mention.

The first sodality to be established in Mangalore was Men's Sodality of the Immaculate Conception at Codialbail in 1879. It was started by Fr Urban Stein. During a hundred years it has faithfully maintained the high traditions and has been a model to other sodalities as well. To keep the members together and to promote healthy social life among them, a Recreation Hall was constructed at Hampankatta which came to be known as the Catholic Club, where library and reading room facilities too were provided.

For women, the Sodality of the Christian Mothers was started by Fr Torri at Milagres Church. These and other parish sodalities were the means of propagating true and filial devotion to the Blessed virgin Mary, love of prayer, regular use of sacraments, cultivation of Christian virtues in hundreds of men and women. For the students of St Aloysius College, The Sodality of the Presentation was started in 1881 which was bifurcated later on to form the Sodality of the Assumption for Junior boys of the High School. These two have in particular been the seed-bed of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.

As it is well known, a new orientation has been given to the sodality movement with a change in name and of programme as Christian Life Communities in which much greater responsibility is given to laymen with the aim of forming a capable laity and a more solid spiritual basis of Gospel values and the Spiritual exercises of St Ignatius. They are yet in their infancy and will have to be tended with great care and solicitude.

The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius popularly known as retreats have always been considered a potent means to instill a deep spirituality and to renew it regularly. The first retreat for the clergy was held in the first year, namely 1879. Since then, the clergy retreat has been an annual feature in the Diocese of Mangalore. Retreats for boys and girls were introduced in schools and colleges. In the parishes, 'missions' were preached from time to time. 'Closed retreats' or residential retreats for small groups were introduced by Fr Emmanuel Coelho as Director of the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception and so to say exploited by Fr Denis A. Pai as producing the night atmosphere and disposition for youth to choose their state of life or, in the words of St Ignatius, 'to make an election.

Fatima Retreat House

It was however left to Fr A. Le Tellier S.J. to give a push to the movement and to give it a "local habitation and a name", "Characteristically he swooped down upon Mangalore and started the work. He took the town by storm as he knocked and knocked at the door of each prospective benefactor. Mr James Britto gave the present compact 3.5 acres of land at Jeppu as a gift for the retreat house, wrote Fr William Sequeira in 1953 describing Fr Le Tellier's activity in Mangalore between 1938 and 1948. Fatima Retreat House had begun! In the decades which have followed, successive directors have made additions to buildings and improvements. In keeping with the spiritual atmosphere of the place, a life size Calvary and the stations of the Cross in cement concrete have been erected on the grounds, around the shrine of Our Lady of Karnataka, Patroness of the Karnataka Jesuit Province. The Fatima Retreat House has all the advantages without any of the disadvantages of a roadside location.

The Fatima Retreat House today is more than a retreat house merely: it is a complex of apostolates: the press apostolate with the publication of the monthly paper, Jesu Rai, religious books and liturgical-music publications; the School of music already known as 'Sangeetalaya' teaching vocal and instrumental music: the West Karnataka Jesuit Regional Vocation Centre. It is, owing to its location, a meeting place for scripture studies, Alcoholic Anonymous, conferences for clergy, courses in counselling and spirituality for religious etc.

While there was limited response for the retreat movement in Calicut, it caught the attention of the people in Banga lore, thanks to the numerous houses of formation for religious. This led to the establishment of Dhyanashrama, the house for retreats on the Bannerghatta Road.

Works outside Karnataka

 St Joseph's Industrial School, Ooty

On becoming a Vice-province, Karnataka Jesuits began to spread out to other dioceses. In 1959, at the request of Bishop Padiyara of Ootacamund, Jesuits took up St Joseph's High School and St Joseph's Industrial School. After ten years of steady work and improvement, the former was handed back to the diocese, but the Industrial School and the Boys' Home continue to be our responsibility. From Fr J. Zambon to the present Director, Fr C. Mariaraj, the period has been one of steady progress in spite of adverse circumstances which demanded love, zeal and tact. The school owes much to Fr Lawrence P. Colaco for his 18 years of direction and help. Brothers of the caliber of B. Simonetto and J. Germek, have with their mechanical skill, made the Industrial School a name to reckon with among industrial concerns, while Brother Dudley Pereira made the Boys' Home a veritable home. The purpose of the Industrial School is to train poor, orphan and destitute boys particularly of the Nilgiri Hills and to fit them for some definite avocation in life. While the Boys' Home shelters and supports the 110 inmates and attends to their moral and spiritual needs, the Industrial School offers them a three- or five-year course in carpentry and cabinet making as required by the Department of Employment and Training for a Government Diploma.

Being 'destitute', the boys themselves or their parents are unable to contribute anything towards their maintenance. The government grant of Rs. 18/ for some and Rs. 50/ for others does not carry us a long way. The deficit is met partly by the sale of articles of furniture or the income from the WOODWORKS which are located at Kakatope. Although under ideal conditions the income from the saw mills of Kakatope can be good, yet with power-cut, high wages and shortage of logs actually the surplus is meagre. The Nilgiris Jesuit Educational and Charitable Society is thus left with a heavy financial burden. But the fact that the beneficiaries are the poorest of the poor, has created the conviction that the Institution must be maintained. Every year about 20 boys go out with a certificate and a box of carpenter's tools to begin life on their own.

To recount and elaborate on the social work undertaken by individuals, though a pleasing task would be beyond the scope of the present article. However, one cannot fail to mention the name of Fr Emmanuel Coelho. While being a Professor of English at St Aloysius College, he started numerous works for the needy. His Bene Morienti Sodality for workers who were prone to drink, or the care of the lepers who would not live at Fr Muller's leprosarium but preferred to beg, or the Poor Girls' Dowry Fund, or the Institute of Maids of Nazareth for the service of the poor are a few among them. The Sodality of Bene Morienti continues to this day under the guidance of Fr Lawrence D'Souza of St. Aloysius College. Fr Bertram Siqueira has inherited the mantle both of his brother late Fr Joseph Siqueira and Fr Emmanuel Coelho who worked for the lepers. In addition to this, he continues the hidden work of Fr John Peter Noronha in whom the poor boys of the St Aloysius College and High School and the patients of the Government Hospitals of Mangalore found a refuge and an understanding heart in their time of need.

An institutional social work suited to our days is what the Evening Schools and Colleges do in Mangalore and Bangalore which are a boon to working men and women inasmuch as they enable them to obtain a better qualification to improve their status or condition in life. The Housing Scheme of St Joseph's Seminary, under the leadership of Fr Valerian D'Souza, has seen to the rehabilitation of a hundred families displaced by floods, channelling aid and supervising its employment to the greatest advantage of the beneficiaries. Nehrunagar as a housing service at Ullal has been constructed on a part of the property owned by St Aloysius College while yet another part of the property in the same place is earmarked for the Social Service Centre on the occasion of the Centenary for rehabilitating the physically handicapped. In the formation of young Jesuits at Mount St Joseph (Novitiate), the seed for social concern is being sown early by involving them in the movement for liberation through the Social Service Centre of Kalena Agrahara and the neighbouring villages in Bangalore South.

- Taken from the Karnataka Jesuit Centenary, Souvenir, 1878-1978