The Parish Clergy
Fr. Max Gonsalves sfx
Fr. Max who hails from Majorda in South Goa joined the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier [Society of Pilar] in June 1970 after completing his Noviciate. He did his Philosophy and BA in Nagpur and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum [Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth] in Pune. He was ordained priest in Goa on 1st May 1979.
After completing the Masters’ Degree in Biblical Theology in 1980 he was assigned to teach Scripture at the Pilar Theological College at Pilar, Goa. In 1989 he was sent to Rome where he did his doctorate in Biblical Theology and returned soon after to continue teaching at Pilar. Meanwhile he also picked up a Masters’ Degree in Sociology and Political Science at Bombay University and in English Literature at Kolhapur University. For nearly four years [2003-2007] he worked in Haryana where the Delhi Province of the Society of Pilar runs several parishes, schools and mission units. He served as General Councillor at the Society’s Generalate in Porvorim, Goa, from 2007 to 2012. After that he was once again posted as resident professor at Pilar.
Fr. Max plays the violin and likes gardening. He arrived in the UK in July 2018 to serve as Parish Priest at Ss Peter & Paul Parish in Mitcham run by the Pilar Fathers.
Fr. Jerry Fernandes sfx
Assistant Parish Priest
After doing his schooling under the Capuchins at Monte Guirim, Goa, Fr. Jerry joined the Seminary of Pilar. He made his first profession as member of the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier [Society of Pilar] in 1980. After doing his graduation and Philosophy at Nagpur and Theology in Pilar, Fr. Jerry was ordained priest on 23rd April 1989.
Given his quality of engaging an easy rapport with the youth with his natural wit, humour and music, he was appointed Prefect for minor seminarians and also Vocation Promoter for five years. Fr. Jerry plays the guitar and drums and excels in singing and acting. He also did a stint as Spiritual Counsellor of the youth. He was then given postings in active missionary apostolate and as pioneer of the Pilar Fathers in Kalianpur [Karnataka], and in North East India - Nagaland (4 years), Assam (3 years) and Meghalaya (10 years). Fr. Jerry did extensive mission outreach in remote villages trudging up hills and valleys on foot as there was no other means of transport. Some of these places were infested with insurgency. Responding to the need for peace Fr. Jerry brought out a musical album ‘Golden Peace.’
After 17 years of hectic missionary work Fr. Jerry was elected Provincial Councillor and served as Formation Director and handled other responsibilities at Kolkata. He was then appointed as Assistant Parish Priest at Mitcham and arrived along with Fr. Max.