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.

  
Religious


Here again the list is illustrious and quite exhaustive and therefore, I will not list it here (please go to www.goansofpakistan.org or surf content column) however, I would like to mention the most eminent ones, Cardinal Valerian Gracias of Bombay who was a student of St. Patrick's High School and lived on Mansfield Street in Saddar; and Pakistan's first and only Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro of Cinncinatus Town, who was identified as a 'papable' candidate for the Papacy by the international 'Time' magazine in 1973. After the death of Pope John Paul I, he was appointed by the Pope as Secretary of several Curia Committees in Rome.

There are/were a number of Goan priests from Karachi who served/ are serving as Archbishops and Bishops in the dioceses of India, including Archbishop Leonard Raymond (Allahabad), Archbishop Angelo Fernandes (New Delhi), Bishop Edwin Pinto (Ahmedabad), Bishop Michael Rodrigues and Bishop William Gomes.

On the Pakistani front we have Archbishop Armando Trinidad (1973 - Lahore), Archbishop Simeon Pereira (1973 - Karachi), Archbishop Evarist Pinto (currently Karachi) and Archbishop Larry Saldanha (currently Lahore); and among the Bishops, Bonaventure Paul (1971); Anthony Lobo (1982 - Rawalpindi); Joseph Coutts (1989 - Faisalabad); and Max Rodrigues (currently Hyderabad).

Some of the Goan priests from amongst the first batch of young men who went to Kandy in Sri Lanka (Ceylon as it was called then) in the mid-late 1940s for their priestly studies and who are still serving in the vineyard of the Lord must be mentioned with all our love and gratitude. These include Rev Frs. Jimmy deSouza, Melito Dias, Robert D'Silva, Canise Mascarenhas and Francis deSouza. These dedicated men of God stand out today as the most revered icons of the Archdiocese of Karachi.

In the 1940s, St. Lawrence's Church, relatively a very small parish then, had the unique distinction of having three Goan Monsignors as Parish Priests, namely Mgr. V.I. Fernandez, Mgr. A. Moniz and Mgr. C. Jacques.

 

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