Fr. Caesar De Mello was ordained a priest on 20 Dec 1969. After completing his MA and B.Ed in 1976 he was sent to Rome for 5 years where he acquired a doctorate in Moral Theology. On his return to India he spent the next 23 years at St. Pius X College Goregaon, first as professor and then as Rector and Dean of studies in the seminary. He was professor of Theology to women religious and has conducted courses for lay people. While continuing to be professor in the seminary, Fr Caesar was Parish Priest of Good Shepherd Church, Versova, and head of the Andheri Deanery. In 2008, he was appointed Rector of the Holy Name Cathedral and head of the South Mumbai Deanery. With effect from June 1, 2012, Fr. Caesar is the Episcopal Vicar of South Mumbai and Bandra Deaneries. His appointment as Parish Priest of St. Andrew Church, Bandra took effect from 1 June 2014.
Ordained in 1960, Fr. Lemos has served as Parish Priest & Priest in Charge in 6 parishes in different suburbs of Mumbai. He is involved in Small Christian Communities, heads the Hope & Life Movement, Charismatic Prayer Group, Pre-Baptismal Catechesis and counsels children at St. Andrew’s School.
“Let the SON shine through you by your encouragement & appreciation of Faith”. Meet Fr. Magi, our SONSHINE missionary and present Principal of St. Andrew High School who has been with us since 2009 after serving as Principal in two parishes in distant suburbs of Mumbai. Behind his cherubic smile he holds a string of degrees, M.Sc., MBA, PGDEM, MA [English], MA [Education],MPhil [Env.Sc], MPhil [English]. Believingthat he who teaches never ceases to learn, he is presently completing his PhD after passing M.Ed with Distinction in January 2013.
Conducting workshops for teachers, professors and principals around the country, Fr. Magi came up with a brilliant project ‘MISSION SUNSHINE’ which instills appreciation and encouragement in every stakeholder of St. Andrew High School for which he was awarded “Educator Innovator 2011” at the 5th International Round table Conference. Takinga cue from the successful implementation of Mission Sunshine in the parish school, the Parish Council introduced ‘MISSION SONSHINE’ a few months ago which is Christ-centered Appreciation and Encouragement amongst the parishioners. On the pastoral front…Fr. Magi heads the Senior Citizens, Family and Women’s Cells.
Fr. Anthony Alphonso was ordained in April this year. Before joining the priesthood, he has completed his Masters in Commerce and embarked on studying law. He was employed with a CA Company and later with the Stock Market where he specialized in Arbitrage.
He loves teaching scriptures and is very enthusiastic about people encountering God in a personal way. He spent a year as a Deacon at St. Andrews, Bandra. With his musicianship, he sings and plays the keyboard. He uses the sills he picked up in the world of work in his vocation as a priest. “Antennae for perception are needed in both, more so as a priest” he says.
Fr. Allwyn Nazareth is a priest for 11 years, is a Salesian and currently working in the Archdiocese. His last assignment was at Sacred Heart Church Santa Cruz. Fr. Allwyn loves to connect with youth, empower them to discover themselves to grow through different facets to theatre, sports and related activities.
His work as a priest in the past has been with animating youth, working with seniors, Small Christian Communities and the RCIA. He pursued his technical studies from Don Bosco, Kurla and ATI Sion. A graduate from Mumbai Unviersity, he has completed his Masters in Child Rights from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He relaxes with a good book, music and a game of football.
Our dear, shy and reticent Msgr. Hilary Rodrigues really doesn’t need any introduction as everyone in the Parish knows him. Ordained in 1954, he has served in several parishes in the country. His first assignment as Parish Priest was in 1974 and was Parish Priest of St. Andrew Church from 1978-1981 and has been with our Parish since 2002. Although he considers himself retired, Msgr. Hilary is actively involved with the Neo-Catechumenate Movement, Bible Cell, Ladies Sodality and Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers. His door is always wide open to people of all faiths for counseling who travel from afar to share their problems especially those addicted to alcohol and substance abuse. Msgr. Hilary gently urges the parishioners to grow unto vibrant faith and make the Word of God their life stream.