News from the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

Watch Live: Novena of St. Francis Xavier at 8.15 am


Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media will Live Stream 8.15 am Novena Mass of St. Francis Xavier on www.goadcscm.com from 25th Nov. to 3rd Dec and The Feast Mass on 4th Dec. at 10.30 am.

Novena & Feast of St. Francis Xavier 2017


25th November - 04th December 2017

"Sam Fransis Xaviera Bhaxen, Cristacho Mog Amkam Thar Dinam"

"Like St. Francis Xavier, The Love of Christ Urges Us On"





On 13th May 2017, Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, consecrated the Archdiocese to Mother Mary reciting a special prayer at the Se Cathedral, Old Goa. The entire ceremony began with reciting Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by Adoration, Holy Eucharist, release of souvenir and procession. The procession from Se Cathedral culminated at Spiritual Renewal Centre where His Grace, Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, imparted his final blessings on the faithful gathered. During the Homily, the Bishop of Belgaum, Rev. Peter Machado, stressed upon Peace, Prayer and Penance and asked the congregation to reflect deeper on these aspects. People from across the state, attended the service as special buses from all directions made their entry to Old Goa.  

Directory 2016-2017 of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman Released

The new Directory 2016-2017 of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was released recently. The publication gives a detailed information about the pastoral activities in the Church in Goa. It covers parishes in Goa and in the far off Mission of Daman (which includes the Union territories of Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Diu), Institutes of the Religious (Women and Men), educational institutions, technical schools and various other services offered by the Archdiocese to the society. New features are included in the present edition of the Directory. Priced at Rs. 100/- it is available at the Lighthouse, Margao and Vasco, Pauline Book and Media Centres, Panjim and Mapusa, Jivitacho Sondex and Pastoral Institute, Old Goa, Institute Piedade, Panjim, Archbishop’s House, Altinho Panjim and some of the parishes in Goa.

Pastoral Letter for the Year 2016 - 2017

 New Pastoral Letter of the Archbishop Released

At the beginning of yet another Pastoral Year (2016-2017), the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, has released his new Pastoral Letter at a simple ceremony held at Archbishop’s House, Panjim, this morning.

A Pastoral Letter is an open letter addressed by a Bishop to the priests, the laity and  all people of good will in his diocese. It generally contains  orientations for the life in a diocese. Archbishop Ferrao has regularly issued a Pastoral Letter at the beginning of every Pastoral Year (June to May). 

The theme of the new Pastoral Year as well as of the Letter is, Inspired By Venerable Fr. Agnelo, Let Us Witness To The Mercy of God. While keeping the general theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, the Letter focuses on the life of saintly Fr. Agnelo de Souza (1869-1927), a Priest of the Society of Pilar on the road to sainthood and venerated worldwide by thousands of Goans and non-Goans of various faiths.

The Pastoral Letter was printed by the the Pilar Printing Press and was handed over to the Archbishop for the release by the Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Fr. Agnelo, Rev. Fr. Hilario Fernandes, in the presence of the Superior General of the Society of  Pilar, V. Rev.  Fr. Francis Carvalho, his Counsellors Fr. Dominic Alvares and Fr. Fredrick Rodrigues, the Episcopal Vicar (Central Zone), Fr. Leonardo Sousa and the Secretary of the Archbishop, Fr. J. Loiola Pereira.

Golden Verse

Nehemiasachem Pustok 9:17

Tanchê khatir Tunvem kel’lim ojapanchim kortutvam visrun tujeô adnia pallunk tim kobul zalim nant. Hott dhôrun ravlim ani porot Ejiptant gulamponnak vochpachem kelem. Punn tum bhogxita toslo, krupall, doiall Dev dekhun tunvem tankam sôddun dilim nant.
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