This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

 
Extract of: TALK BY MONSIGNOR TERENCE F. D'SOUZA AT INTERNATIONAL GOAN CONVENTION - University of Toronto - Mississauga Campus

By Jack Fernandes


My paternal great grandfather, John Baptist D'Souza, was the first Goan to come to Karachi in 1850. I did a lot of research into my family, and was amazed at the thrust of the past. It made me reflect upon our own present thrust that is now of vital importance if we are to impact our future as a people. An example of this is borne out in the fact that, in 1913, the City of Karachi named a street, "Pedro D'Souza Road", after my paternal grandfather, Pedro D'Souza, in recognition of his personal contribution to the civic life of the City. In 1999, the City of Mississauga named a street after me, "Father D'Souza Drive" to recognize my own contribution to the City. This street is located along the south side of St. Francis Xavier Church.

In the late 19th century, the Goan community in Karachi was very vibrant. One from that community, D. X. Menezes, was the first Goan to arrive in Mombasa from Karachi in 1894. In 1899, the legendary Dr. Rozendo Ribeiro arrived in Mombasa, but moved on to settle in Nairobi, to become that city's first medical practitioner. In 1902, he successfully diagnosed the then little-known bubonic plague, and was largely responsible for the prevention of the epidemic that otherwise might have ensued. Aware that progress can only come with education, he was instrumental in setting up the Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, whose many alumni won distinction around the world.

Frank and Virgie DeSouza, of fond memory, were the first Goan couple to tie the knot in Entebbe in 1942. Two of my cousins, Michael Barretto and Philip D'Silva, were the first Goans to come to Toronto in 1952 from Karachi. Desmond Rodrigues of Kent in the United Kingdom was the first Goan pilot to fly the supersonic Concorde. Lester J. DaCosta was the first Goan lawyer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also had the rare distinction of being the first Goan to be called to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Contributed by Jack Fernandes jack.fernandes@aku.edu )
 

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