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Farewell to Fr. Aniceto Pereira

On 21st Friday 2024 St. Pius X College held a heartfelt farewell program for Fr. Aniceto Pereira, the former Rector who had served the seminary as its Rector for the past eight years. Known for his faith, dedication, vast knowledge and wisdom, Fr. Aniceto was warmly welcomed into the beautifully decorated Refectory by both, the staff and students.


Br. Robinson was the emcee and warmly welcomed all of us. Soon after a choir of seminarians rendered soulfully a touching Hindi song accompanied by musical instruments, in which they bid Fr Aniceto farewell and expressed also that they will continue carrying fond memories of the time he spent in the seminary. Br. Kenneth, a fourth-year theology student, then delivered a speech on behalf of the community. He used the analogy of a rose to highlight Fr. Aniceto’s qualities of simplicity and approachability and ended his piece, by presenting Fr Aniceto a small bouquet. A short video prepared by the Media Department showcased photos of Fr. Aniceto and celebrated cherished memories. In the video, Fr. Gilbert de Lima, Fr. John Barretto, and the Community Beadle and sub-Beadle praised Fr. Aniceto’s committed hard work, and caring nature towards all. Fr. Gilbert, the new Rector warmly spoke of Fr. Aniceto’s many contributions to the seminary. He also reminiscence about their time together as seminarians. He noted Fr. Aniceto’s all-rounded abilities, his violin skills, and enthusiasm for basketball. He extended his best wishes to Fr. Aniceto in his new role as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, and Rector of St. Andrew’s College, Bandra.


Finally, Fr. Aniceto expressed his gratitude to everyone for organizing the event and reflected on his enriching experience at the seminary. The brothers presented him with gifts as tokens of their love and appreciation. Fr. John Barretto then led a prayer and blessed the delicious meal which was to follow. It was a bittersweet occasion, bidding farewell to a beloved Rector whose presence will be greatly missed.


Nirmal Anthony C

II Year Philosophy


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