THE REORGANIZED SOCIETY – 2

  1. EXPANSION OF THE SOCIETY OUTSIDE PILAR AND OUTSIDE GOA

The Society of Pilar is an indigenous institution as all its members are Indian nationals. The Re-organized Society slowly spread its socio-educational activities throughout India, thanks to the priests trained and formed in the above mentioned All India Mission Seminary (See Chapter 14, Section 4 D who gradually joined the ranks of the missionaries. They aimed at doing pioneering work for the socio-educational uplift of the poor and downtrodden. From 2004, all its institutions in India have been grouped into four Provinces and one Region. The Society has also opened some houses abroad.

  1. MUMBAI PROVINCE

Figure 133 (a) – The 4 Provinces Cut in the Map of India

As mentioned in Section 3 b of Chapter 13, in 1940, the Society sent Fr. J. Albuquerque and Fr.T. Cabral to take over the mission of Nagar Haveli, a very backward area, part of the Archdiocese of Goa, but separated from it by long distances and difference of cultures. In the beginning people had to be convinced to send their children to Schools, even by giving them incentives. The Society served the

Figure 133 (b) – Travelling by the first missionaries in Nagar Haveli

area through a network of two dozen Primary, Figure133(d) – A recent Girl’s Hostel in Khanwel

Figure 133 (c) – A Pimary School in a remote village in Nagar HAVLI

Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools in Marathi and Gujarati as well as English medium, orphanages and hostels for students, a few rice banks, agricultural farms, lift irrigation schemes, tube-wells and other self-help schemes, Dispensaries and a number of parishes and mission stations.

Figure 133 (e) SFX High School in Dudhni Figure 133 (f) Gyan Mata High School, Khanwel

In 1951, Ambarnath mission in Bombay Archdiocese was also entrusted to the Society by the Archbishop of Bombay. The above mentioned Re-organizer, Fr. J. Albuquerque, pioneered everything from scratch, starting at the grass roots level.

Staying in a rented house he started the

Figure 133 (g) – Sacred Heart Church & Playground Dapadda

Figure 133 (h) Fatima High school, Ambarnth

Fatima High School. Year by year, new members joined him and now it has an imposing building which caters to a student population of 4000.

Figure 133 (i) – Fatima Church, Ambarnath, constructed by Pilar Fathers

Ambarnath has a beautiful Fatima Church, constructed by the Pilar Fathers. They have put up a dispensary for the benefit of slum dwellers. Pilar Fathers have also started schools at Ulhasnagar and Badlapur sub-stations.

In 1965 the Deanery of Daman, hitherto served by secular clergy of Goa, was also entrusted to Pilar Fathers, where schools and social service projects were undertaken.

From 1977, the Society has expanded its activities to Juhu Tara in Mumbai, putting up a Parish Church, High School and a transit house.

Frpm 1978, Ashadam Seva Mandal was established at Vapi with a Parish Church, a High School, a carpentry and another school at Chanod, all in the diocese of Baroda, and mission stations in Vadtal and Khempur in the diocese of Ahmedabad, all in Gujarat.

Fiigure 133 (j) – Ashadam Mother of Hope High School

Lastly in 2001, Diu too was entrusted by the Archdiocese of Goa to the Society with its Parish and School, although the members of the Society, served the Parish from 1997.

Figure 133 (k) Old Parish Church at Diu

At Waliv in Vasai diocese, the Society had put up a boarding which later came to be a residence for student members of the Pilar Society, mostly from

Fiigure 133 (l) – Agnel Niwas, Waliv

Mumbai Province, pursuing their graduation studies. Later on, this building has been named Agnel Niwas and used as a hostel for college students.

By 1997 all these units were brought together and came to be known as the Western Regionof the Society.

Figure 133 (m) – Provincial House at Waliv, in Vasai diocese

When on 2nd July 2004, the Society raised its four Regions into Provinces, all the Houses, institutions and communities in this Western Region came under the present day Mumbai Province of the Society, with the Provincial Superior’s residence and office situated at Waliv in Vasai.

At present, the Society runs 16 schools (English, Marathi and Gujarati medium) in Nagar Haveli, 5 in Daman, 1 in Diu, 5 in Maharashtra and 4 in Gujarat: a total of roughly 22,000 students are being educated in these schools of the Mumbai Province.

  1. GOA PROVINCE

In 1951, Sanguem Taluka was entrusted to the Society by the Patriarch-Archbishop of Goa for mission work in the eastern outskirts of Goa. At that time there was an upsurge in mining industry in the area with thousands of labourers flocking there in search of work. The missionaries had to face a lot of problems but did yeoman service in fighting against njustice and in attending to the spiritual, moral and religious needs of the people. Figure 133 (n) – The first missionares on mision tour

There were no suitable buildings for Churches and no schools in the area, except a small military Chapel in Sanguem affiliated to Zambaulim Church in the deanery of Kepem and the Guardian Angel Church and High School in Curchorem, and that too ridden with debts.

Fgure 133 (o) -Guardian Angel Primary, High & Hr. Sec. School at present

Figure 133(p ) – Guardian Angel Catering College

The Society took over the Guardian Angel High School in 1953 and gradually upgraded it to a Higher Secondary and Catering College.

A number of Parish Churches, High Schools and primary schools were established in remote areas of Sanguem and Kepem Talukas: namely, Miracles,

Fgure 133 (p) – Miracles High School, Sanguem

Figure 133 (q) – Sanguem Parish Church

Sanguem; Piety, Collem12; Sacred Heart Kurdi / Vaddem3 and Immaculate C.,Dabal and Chapels in Uguem, Molcornem, Periudok and Netorlim. Eventually Sanguem was raised to a Deanery of its own.

The Society also opened Music Schools and put up agricultural farms, and then extended its services to other areas inside Goa: to Anjuna, Britona and Carona (all in Bardez); Birondem (Satari); Agonda / Cananginim (Canacona); and

outside Goa to Kadawal / Changad4 in Southern

Figure 133 (r) – Changad Central School, Belgaum

Maharashtra; Saletur (Mangalore)5;

Figure 133 (s) – Saletur Parish Church in Mangalore diocese

Mirjan6, Bangalore and Shimoga in Karnataka; and

Maduravoyal / Darkast in Tamilnadu.

All these units formed the Southern Region of the Society in 1997; all of which have been constituted, on 4th July 2004, into the Goa Province with the Provincial Superior’s Residence and Office at Padre Agnel Bhavan, Antonio C. Pacheco Road, Margao, Goa.

Figure 133 (t) – Goa Provincialate, Margao

Presently the Province runs 2 Colleges, 2 Higher Secondary Schools, 5 High Schools, 7 Primary Schools, 5 Nurseries, 4 Music Schools, 1 hostel, 2 Orphanages, 1 ITI, 1 non-formal school for children of migrant labourers and 4 coaching centres serving a total population of around 9000 students.

  1. DELHI PROVINCE

Sirsa in Haryana, a town situated about 260 kilometres north-west of Delhi, seems to have had a long standing tradition of being the hub of active Christian apostolate. From the dawn of the 20th century the religious orders of the Oblates and the Capuchins nurtured the faith of the Christian communities.

The members of the Society of Pilar started working in North India first from 1950, when Fr. Assuncao D’Souza and Fr. Gustavo Alvares were lent to the vast diocese of Delhi-Shimla. Fr. Assuncao was stationed in Sirsa and covered the area up to Ferozpur on the border with Pakistan. In 1959, when this vast diocese was bifurcated, Fr. Ovidio D’Cunha and Fr. Mariano Pereira were lent to the newly created Shimla-Chandigarh diocese.

In 1961 the district of Hissar in Haryana was entrusted to the Society and in 1964 the district of Bhatinda in Punjab. This area, extends to over 2000 villages in the dry land of sand dunes. Stationing at Sirsa in 1960, the missionaries penetrated the interior on camel’s back.

Figure 134 (a) – One of the first Pilar missionaries of Sirsa,

Fr. Marian Pereira, travelling on camel’s back

Bathinda too had a Christian community as early as 1900 AD, nurtured by the Oblates and Capuchins.

From 1960-62 diocesan priests took charge of the Bathinda Parish, but withdrew because of extremes of climate. In 1961, the Bethany Sisters opened a convent in Bathinda. There was urgent need of a priest to look after their spiritual needs. It was then that the Bishop requested the Pilar Fathers to look after their needs, but they found it difficult to attend to them from Sirsa. Bathinda is 100 kilometres away

from Sirsa.

Figure 134 (b) – 1st Bathinda Church under Water Tank

The Diocese had a small Church under the water tank of the

Railways in Bathinda to look after the Catholics employed in the Railways, when the Pilar missionaries took over in 1964.

Figure 134 (c) – 1st Bathinda Hostel

Fr. Anselm D’Sa and Fr. Antonio W. D’Sa stationed in a small rented room at Malhotra House in Bathinda. Fr. Anselm started running a Boarding (Hostel) for the boys studying at the Bethany Sisters’ school. As the years passed, The Society sent more members to this mission of Sirsa – Bathinda and starting with Hindi medium primary Schools, they went on to put up high schools, hostels for students, quarters for Staff, orphanages, agricultural farms, community Halls and social service centres in Sirsa, Mandi Dabwali, Rania, Hissar and Narnaul7 –all in Haryana. Figures of some of these institutions, as at present, are given herewith.

Figure 134(d) St Xavier’s Sr. Secondary School, Sirsa Figure 134 (e) Sirsa Orphanage (Bal Niketan)

Figure 134(f) – Mandi Dabwali Dispensary Figure 134 (g) – Mandi Dabwali Church

Figure 134 (h) – High School at Mandi Dabwali Figure 134(i) –Hissar Sr. Sec. School.

Figure 134 (j) Jagat Jyoti Vidhyalaya , Rania Figure 134 (k) Mata Mariam Jan Seva Vidyalaya, Narnaul

Likewise in Punjab, the Society developed the same type of institutions, starting from Bathinda, then in Talwandi Sabo8, Rampuramphul and Mansa;9 the members also served in the Jallandhar diocese at Gurdaspur, Amritsar10 and Kahnuwan – all in the state of Punjab.

Fogure 134 (l) Orhanage at Bathinda Figure 134 (m) Church at Bathinda

Figure 134 (n) Bathnda Sr. Sec. School Figure 134 (o) – Dedicated nurses at Bathinda Dispensary

Figure 134 (p) – St Xavier’s CBSE, Rampuramphul Figure 134 (q) – Mansa School

The Society then extended its services from 1993, to Agra / Dholpur11 in Rajasthan; to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh; and to Bakshinagar. Reshamgarh, Batote and Ladakh in Jammu-Kashmir.

Figure 134(r) – Bal Niketan boys of Talwandi Sabo

Figure 134 (s) – O. L. of Pilar Church, Dholpur, Rajasthan

Figure 134 (t) – One of the Coaching centres in a village Figure 134 (u) A Multipurpose hall in a remote village

Late Fr. Assuncao D’Souza, before he passed away in 2002, paid a courtesy visit to his first love – the mission of Punjab – Haryana, which he had nursed 5 decades back. He is seen on the back of a camel with other veteran missionaries.

All these institutions came under the Northern Region in 1997.

Figure 134 (v)-Veteran missionaries

On 2nd July 2004, the whole area has been constituted into the Delhi Province of the Society with the Provincial Superior’s residence and office at Jangpura Extension, New Delhi.

Figure 134 (w) – Delhi Provincialate

At present the Province has 3 Higher Secondary Schools, 6 High schools, 1 Hindi medium High School, 1 Primary, 5 orphanages and 9 Coaching centres and Community Halls serving a total of around 12,000 students.

  1. KOLKATA PROVINCE
  2. THE BIGINNING: KALA PANI

In 1964, at the request of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda, Rome, two members of the Society were sent for training in vernacular languages to Ranchi, as pioneers of the mission of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. The islands were known as Kala Pani from the time of the establishment of British colonial rule in India. The British had established a penal colony, on the main island of Port Blair, where freedom fighters and the so-called criminals as the

F igure 135 (a) Frs. Mariano Dias and Tiburcio Ferrao leave Pilar hillock for Ranchi to go To Andamans.

Thugs and other war criminals were incarcerated in a huge jail; and, in case they outlived their jail sentence or after completion of their jail term sentences, they and their families were allowed to clear the jungles and settle there. They could not, however, return back to the mainland.

Out of 324 islands (counting big islands, sometimes bigger than the territory of Goa; others small, not excluding isolated shallow lands and rocks) there, only about 38 of them are inhabited.

F igure 135 (b) – How the Kala Pani Jail looked like in British times: During World War II, in 1942, Subhas Chandra Bose unfurled the National Tricilor (Flag), for the first time, here.

Some areas are reserved for the aboriginal tribes, viz., the fierce Sentinels, the Jarawas, the Onges and Andamanese in the Andamans group; and the Shompens and the Nicobarese in the Nicobar group.

Long before the arrival of the Pilar Fathers, about two thousand Catholics from Ranchi diocese of Chota Nagpur, had been recruited by the Forest and PWD departments, for clearing some of the jungle areas, but had hardly one or two priests who occasionally visited them, to attend to their spiritual needs.

The Society of Pilar took over this mission in December 1965, nursed it from the grassroots.

Figure 135 (c) –In the first years the missionaries crossed the deep seas Figure 135 (d) – Prakash Vidyalaya, Mayabunder

to go from island to island in such small canoes.

As the years passed the Society sent more members there. Slowly they penetrated the inhabited islands, the jungles infested by blood sucking leeches, mosquitoes and malaria, attending to the peoples’ needs. At the capital, Port Blair, and at the centres of inhabited islands, the Society put up three Schools, Hostels and Orphanages, two Grihini Multipurpose Schools, one hospital and one dispensary; besides, Transit houses at Port Blair and Kolkata were put up for the benefit of labourers travelling by ships to and from Chota Nagpur.

F igure 135 (e) Grihini School at Port Blair

The Society also constructed a Hindi Medium Higher Secondary and High School at Port Blair, inaugurated by the late Prime Minister Smti. Indira Gandhi; also several socio-economic development projects were launched and parish Churches built.

Before 1984, there were four main parishes and three semi-residential stations, besides several sub-station (dera) Churches in each of them, in the Andamans group; and a parish and four semi-residential stations in the Nicobar group of islands, entrusted to the Society.

F igure 135 (f) – Sr. Secondary School, Port Blair, constructed by Pilar Fathers

A Minor Seminary was also started to recruit and train local candidates/vocations for the priesthood. With the future in view, the Society constructed an imposing Cathedral at Port Blair.

Twenty years after the Society of Pilar took over the apostolate of these far flung islands (1965-1985), Pope John Paul II erected the islands into the Port Blair diocese by his Bull “Ex Quo

Figure 135 (g) – Port Blair Cathedral constructed by Pilar Fathers before August 1984

Christus”, with the first Pilar Father, Msgr. Alex Dias, consecrated as the Bishop of the new diocese on 20th January 1985.

Rev. Alex Dias had worked for 5 years, in the mission (1971-76), prior to his higher studies in Rome. He was the Rector of the previously mentioned Major Seminary, Pilar, prior to his consecration as Bishop. Since then he is at the helm of the diocese.

The Society generously handed over the institutions it

Figure 135 (h) Bihop Alex Dias

had put up to the Bishop. Presently the Society runs an English medium school at Lambaline, Port Blair, a Parish, School and hostel at Wimberligunj and Manarghat and a parish at Hutbay, Little Andamans.

When the Tshunami played terrible havoc in both the Andamans and the Nocobar group of

Figure 135 (i) – Pilar Fathers conducting Tsunami Relief Services

Islands, together with the Bishop, the members of the Society were in the forefront with the Government Agencies in the Reconstruction of devastated areas and the Rehabilitation of the displaced populations. (For more pictures of the Tshunami Relief, see Chaper 13, Section 7 D)

  1. AGHARMA (BIHAR / JHARKHAND)

Meanwhile, since 1977 mission work was taken up in Agharma (Ranchi). Starting at the grassroots, Fr. Taumaturgo Paes, a member of the Society deputed for this purpose, pioneered and developed a farm, a Jyoti High School, a dispensary, a Cooperative Society, a hostel and other amenities and later the Society expanded its activities to Dibadhi, Doranda, Nawantr, Siadih, Noadih (Chirayan) and Karra parishes in the dioceses of Ranchi, Gumla and Khunti, – all situated in the presentday state of Jharkhand (bifurcated from the erstwhile huge Bihar Figure 135 (j) The Jyoti High School when under construction

State).

  1. BHOPAL (MADHYA PRADESH)

In 1986, at the request of late Msgr. Eugene D’Souza, Archbishop of Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh12, the Society has put up a Hindi Medium High School; started a Lepers’ Asylum and built modest

F

Figure 135(l)-Prakash Vidyalaya, Gondipura, Bhopal F igure 135(k) Church at Shantinagar

Housing colonies for the ostracised lepers; the Society also constructed a Bal Bhavan and a Church at Shantinagar in Bhopal; it has undertaken medical and educational projects at Gandhi Nagar; and constructed a vocation centre with High School at Gondipura.

The Society opened 10 primary schools in remote villages and developed a sub-station at another town, Berasia, with a High School.

F igure 135(m) – Three inmates of the Lepars’ Ashram Colony and the houses built by the Society to shelter a good number of the lepers.

Figure 135 (n) – SSC students and a group of Teachers at the

High School at Berasia

A good number of bonded labourers have been freed after a lot of negotiations with their employers and with the help and support of government authorities and modest dwellings built for them too.

To educate the children of these labourers, the Society has put up a school for them.

The Society’s members have also helped the rehabilitation of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims.

Figure 135(o) School for freed Bonded labourers’ children,Bhopal

  1. WEST BENGAL

In 1988 the Society took up the Stella Maris Church in the Port area of Kolkata (Calcutta) and later on moved into Andul Raod and Unsani in Howrah district, took up parishes and mission stations in Gangarampur and Morapad in South Perganas, Siliguri in Darjeeling District and Falakata in Coochbehar, all in West Bengal.

  1. NORTH EAST

From 1994 the Society took up apostolate in the North-Eastern States: Nongthymmai parish in Meghalaya,

Pamahi in Guwahati and Dibrugarh, both in Assam;

Figure 135(p) Parish church in Meghalaya

Thenyizumi in Nagaland, Nangkhlaw in West Kashi hills; and from 1997 in Nampong,

Manmao and Jairampur in the new diocese of Figure 135(q) New Church in Nampong

Miao in Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Burma. The new diocese has been bifurcated from the former diocese of

Figure 135(r) – Nampong School

Figure 135(s) – Hostel Children, Nampong

Figure 135(t) – Paish Church at Jairampur in Miao diocese

Figure 135(u) – A Pilar Father, tending his flock high up on the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, in cold yet idyllic scenery around.

Dibrugarh.

In all these areas, the Society started a number of High Schools and Primaries, a handful of Hostels and two dozen parishes and mission stations.

By 1997 all these institutions had become the Eastern Regionof the Society; and on 2nd July 2004, this whole area has been constituted into the Kolkata Province with the Provincial Superior’s residence and Office in Andul Road, Kolkata.

Presently, the Kolkata Province runs 3 Higher Secondary Schools including a Hindi medium, 10 High Schools (including 2 Hindi Medium), 2 Primaries and 37 Nurseries and Balwadis, 3 Orphanages, 4 Hostels and one non-formal education centre catering to a total of around 9,000 students.

Figure 135(v) – Kolkata Proincialate and Hostel at Andul Road

In 2015, another Pilar Father, Msgr Theodore Mascarenhas has been consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi and later was appointed the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).

Figure 135(w) – Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas

5. AGNEL REGION

In 1957, the Society put up the Fr. Agnel Ashram in a rented house in Bandra (Mumbai) (a) to conduct the devotion of Ven. Fr Agnelo, in view of his process of beatification introduced in Rome, (b) for the propaganda of the Society and also (c) as a transit house for the missionaries.

In 1959 a large plot with two houses was purchased in Bandra for the same purpose and a High School, Bal Bhuvan (Orphanage)13, ITI and Junior Technical College were gradually put up.

Thanks to the far reaching vision and dynamism of the Reorganizer, Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues, the unit has grown into a huge Technical and Engineering College with modern sophisticated machinery, catering to the education of future engineers and builders of our country, with placement services abroad.

Figure 136 (a) – The Fr. Agnel Ashram, Bandra (Mumbai)

From 1978 the Ashram has expanded its branches with Technical Colleges and other educational , services and orphanages in Verna and Assagao (Goa), in Ambarnath and Vashi (Mumbai), Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Pune. Figures of some of these institutions are shown here below:

Figure 136(b) – Institutes of Fr. Agnel Technical Education Complex at Verna from KG to Post Graduation College, besides: ITI, Polytechnic Vocational Training Institute,. Institute of Crafts and Cullinary Sciences, Trade School, Agnel Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Maritime Academy (ISO 9000-2001), Auditorium, and several cottages of Konseisanv Balgram (Orphanage) with groups of children, each group, under the care of a ‘Mother’.

Figure 136(c) Padre. Conceisanv Engeneering College, Verna

Figure 136 (d) – Fr.Agnel School, Delhi

In 2007, all these houses have been constituted as the Agnel Region of the Society with the Regional Superior’s office at Fr. Agnel Ashram, Bandra.

Presently the Region runs 3 Engineering Colleges, 1 Management College, 1 Catering College, 4 Polytechnics, 3 Community Polytechnics, 3 ITI, 6 Higher Secondary Schools (including 1 Marathi medium), 9 High Schools, 5 Orphanages, 2 dozen short term courses catering to a total of 29,000 students.

Fiigure 136 (e) – Sports day at High School, Greater Noida

UNITS ABROAD

In 2005, the Society of Pilar took up the mission of Pokhara In the neighbouring country of Nepal where the Society runs a School.

Figure 135 (g) – Parish in Austria

Figure 136 (f) – Parfish in Rome (Italy)

The Society has also taken up pastoral apostolate in a few parishes in some countries abroad viz., in Italy, Germany, Austria, London (U K), and USA.

Of late the Society has taken up a parish in Australia and a mission station in Mauritania in North West Africa, where the revisedbulk of the population is Muslim; Catholics are a very few among emigrants. Fr. Eusebio Gomes, Fr. Vincent Lobo and Fr. Andy Gomes have been deputed there by the Society as pioneers of the new mission of Mauritania.

Figure 136 (h) Mission in Mauritania

  1. SOCIETY OF PONTIFICAL RIGHT

Right from the initial stage, the Reorganizers had envisaged and made efforts to get the Society recognized as a Missionary Society of Pontifical right, in 1942, when the revised Constitutions were submitted for the approval of the diocesan Bishop. However, the approval of Constitutions came only in 1946 after dropping such statutes, since at that time, the Society had only 11 professed members. Again, the Superiors tried to obtain the same status in 1968. But soon the Society went through ups and downs, coping mainly with internal conflicts, to the point of threatening a division. However, time and efforts at dialogue and intervention of the Holy See through the good offices of Oswald Cardinal Gracias, brought in the desired Reconciliation and unity on 30th November 2006. After this, the Superior General made another request in this direction, and the Pope Benedict XVI by his decree dated 30th September 2010, granted the request as a “Society of Apostolic Life for mission ad gentes of Pontifical Right”.

  1. MISSIONARY SISTERS OF OUR LADY OF PILAR

It was the cherished vision of the Reorganizers that the Society should redouble itself by having its own branch for women associates. They tried it in 1942, but did not succeed then. The General Chapter of 1975 in which three Reorganizers participated (namely Fr. C. Rodrigues, Fr. F. Sequeira and Fr. J. Albuquerque), gave this vision a momentous push.

The dream was finally realized in 1988, when five Pilar Sisters made their first pledge, after having undergone intense training for several years in the missions. As associates, they work in the missions of the Society of Pilar, but in terms of Canon Law, the Association enjoys autonomy of life and governance. Their headquarters (Generalate) are situated at Orgao in Loutolim, Salcete, Goa. As more candidates joined them year by year, they spread out in different dioceses in India. Theirs was, thus far, known as the Pilar Sisters’ Association.

At present their number has crossed 51. They are spread out in 15 communities in different parts of India.

Figure 136 (i) – A group of Pilar Sisters in front of their house at Orgao in Loutolim

However, 28 years after their first group had made their pledge, their upgraded constitutions have been approved by the ecclesiastical authority and they have been called as the “Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Pilar”, recognized as a Society of apostolic life with their own Superior General and Council, to be elected by their own General Chapter.

They have been established as such on 13th May 2017 at a solemn Eucharistic Con-celebration held at the Saviour of the World Church, Loutulim, by the present Patriarch of Goa, His Grace Archbishop Filipe Nery Ferrao, with Sr. Isabel D’Souza, as the first

Figure 136(j) Sovenir of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Pilar

Superior General with a General Council of four Sisters.

1 The Society has a big Dudhsagor Krishi Udyog Farm at Collem and Goa Province has another at Kalay.

2 After developing the Kurdi area, the Church and School had to be sacrificed, as they were submerged under the Selaulim dam project and the people shifted to Vaddem, where a new Church was put up, but the school was surrendered to the Government.

3 Later on the Parish Church at Sanvordem and the Parish Church and School at Dabal were handed over to the diocesan clergyin exchange for Anjuna and Agonda parishes and schools.

4 Kadawal in Sindudurg diocese was developed and handed over to the diocesan clergy and Changad was taken up instead, in Belgaum diocese, where the Society is putting up a central School.

5 In Mangalore diocese, Kota was erected as a separate parish in 1978 and entrusted to the Society. The Society had put up there a recruitment center. However, when new premises were offered to the Society to open a Minor Seminary in Kallianpur, the Kota unit was surrendered to the diocesan clergy; and Saletur, a new mission parish, was entrusted to the Society in Mangalore diocese but on the borders of Kerala, where the Society has built a new Church.

6 Mirjan lies in Karwar diocese in the deanery of Kumta where Ven. Fr. Agnelo had worked in former times. Before this mission parish was taken, the Society had developed in the Belgaum/Karwar diocese: the parishes of Castle Rock (1968-75), as well as Monki (1970-77) and Joida (1977-86) and later on surrendered them to the diocesan clergy.

7 Though Narnaul lies in Haryana, it comes under the Archdiocese of Delhi.

8 In 2016, the Church built and developed by Pilar Fathers at Talwando Sabo was handed over to the diocesan clergy.

9 The school at Mansa, constructed and developed by Pilar Fathers, was likewise handed over to the diocesan clergy.

10 Members of the Society have been serving in different parishes of the Jullundhur diocese from 1993. At present they have been given independent parishes of Kahnuwan and Sri Hargobindpur

11 Pilar Fathers served the Parish of St. Mary’s Church in the Archdiocese of Agra (in Uttar Pradesh), from 1993 to 2001. The Parish Church was then handed over to the diocesan clergy and the Society took over the service of a small flock in Dholpur in Rajasthan (though part of the Agra diocese).A new Parish Church and a St Xavier’s School were constructed recently.

12 Bastar area then in Madhya Pradesh was entrusted to the Society in 1967, where its members did the initial spade work and development till 1973. Then at the request of the Congregation of Propaganda, Rome, the mission as handed over to the Syro-Malabar Rite CMI Congregation and raised to an Exarchate (diocese) of Jagdalpur. Today Bastar is part of the new Chatisgarh state.

13 The Bal Bhuvan is a house for destitute children of all faiths. According to each one’s capacity, they went up to College and got jobs abroad through the placement services of the Ashram.