The small village of Watare in the parish of Londa, was jubilant on 30th of December, 2017, as it prepared for the Priestly Ordination of two brothers, Deac. Peter Pereira OCD and Deac. Sebastian Pereira SJ. The ordaining prelate, Most Rev. Peter Machado said that in Christmas Season we celebrate the birth of Jesus and on this day twins are born into the priesthood! Further he noted, how along the highway there are many boards warning people of the presence of wild animals in the area. Now we had to put up a new one near Watare: Priests and Sisters are here!

There were over 50 priests who concelebrated at the Mass, prominent among whom were the two provincials: Fr. Charles Serrao OCD of the Carmelites and Fr. Roland Coelho SJ of the Jesuits.

Fr. Wilfred Frank OCD, the parish priest of Holy Family Church Londa, along with the parishioners saw that all the arrangements were made for the auspicious occasion. While the Jesuits planned the liturgy, the angelic choir comprising the locals was trained by the Carmelite regent, Br. Naveen Lobo. A short felicitation programme followed the solemn Eucharist. A few benefactors of Fr. Peter who were able to be present on the occasion were given a token of appreciation.

The Karnataka-Goa Province has a new priest and so does the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)! We wish them happiness and contentment in their future ministry. Fr. Peter Pereira, has been assigned to the community at Dhyanashram, our retreat centre at Rajodi in the Diocese of Vasai. Our gratitude to the family especially the parents: Mr. Francis Pereira and Mrs. Aveline Pereira.


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