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.


Notes: September 2009

  1. This piece has been re-written with input from people all over the world. It was necessary because the first piece (circulated on August 14, 2009) was specific to its need. I hope the information provided is accurate and factual. The purpose of this dossier is to record historical facts and archive contributions made by Goans in pre-and-post Pakistan for the benefit of current and future Catholic generations here and elsewhere, and for general consumption. I am positive, it is not complete and I may have left out some very important people & achievements. If you would like to share information or clarify on some information noted, you are welcome to write to me at

  2. There are a few individuals named in the article who were/are not Goans, but giving these achievers the benefit of doubt, I have included them in the chronology of events because of their outstanding feats. This I firmly believe must not go unnoticed or forgotten by the coming generations. If there is anyone missing, or who deservingly needs a mention, please don't hesitate to write to me.

  3. Some historical parts ( * ) of the article are taken from a collection of articles that were given to me by people who care about history or came popping in my mailbox, which I treasure and save. Memoirs of Stephen Menezes, Eric Mendonca, Lt.Gen. EA Vas, PVSM and Lenny Barreto. Invaluable one-on-one assistance from Rita deSouza, Fr. Bonnie Mendes and Oswin Mascarenhas. The Madonna 1930 and other publications. The usage herein is acknowledged with thanks to the known and unknown writers and publishers, and well-wishers noted here and elsewhere.

  4. A very special thank you to Messrs. Hilary Jutsun, Lucy Wheeler and Wilhelmina Rodricks (nee-Cordeiros) for their 'explicit and decisive note' authenticating that the musical score of the National Anthem of Pakistan, was indeed, the work of Tollentine Fonseca. To Charlotte Nunes-Pinto and Theresa Hawley-D'Costa for their initiative on this subject, and to Joseph Pinto in Karachi for the access to the hand-written note of the Late Beatrice Fonseca. All people mentioned in this point are relatives of Tollentine Fonseca.

  5. Hugs to my beautiful wife Veronica and kids Viviana, Celeste and Bruce. Thanks for your patience. Ice Cream (extra scoops) is on me...!


Alan Falcao Fr. Melito Dias Oswin Mascarenhas
Alphonso Rodrigues Frederick Nazareth Patrick J. Rodrigues
Anthony Sales Glenn Lobo Paul Francis
Ashfaq Fateh Goldwyn Rodricks Phyllis Sequeira
Benny Vaz Guiomar-Monteiro-Fernandes Rita de Souza
Brian Gonsalves Hilario Pinto Ron Pinto
Carol DíSouza Hilary Jutsun Ronnie Fernandes
Cdr. Stan de Souza Iggy Gomes Rosemarie deSouza
Cedric DíSouza Jack Fernandes Rudy Rodrigues
Charlotte Nunes-Pinto Jennifer Settle-Pecus Sr. Flavia Pecus
Cheryl Boe-Menezes Joanette M. deSouza Sr. Josephine DíSa
Clive Rodgers John Monteiro Sr. Rozaria Lobo
Cosme de Souza John Permal Sr. Zita DíCunha
Deborah Santamaria Joseph Pinto Stephanie Rodrigues
Denzil Rozario Karachi Goan Association Steven Lobo
Dorothy Zuzarte Leon Menezes Theodora DíLima
Dr. Audrey Carvalho Lona M. DíCruz Theresa Hawley-DíCosta
Dr. Bella Lobo Lucy Wheeler Tony Castellino
Dr. Michael Rodrigues Lynn Rodrigues Tony Fernandes
Everard DíSouza Michael Ali Walter Mendes
FatimaNoronha-Rodrigues Mother Mary Martin O.P. Wilhelmina Rodricks
Fausto de Sa Neville Pereira Winifred Menezes
Fr. Bonnie Mendes Norma Fernandes  
Fr. Canise Mascarenhas Norman DíSouza  




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