To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of good will in the

Archdiocese of Goa and Daman



Dearly Beloved,

            We are privileged to be living in an era when quite a few of our contemporaries – people who have been known for their outstanding sanctity and active contribution in the transformation of human lives and structures – have been canonized.  Many peoples’ lives have been deeply impacted by their close contact with such eminent fellow beings. Some of them, like Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, have visited Goa and we have seen and heard them in person. Incidentally, these two are known not just to the Christian Community but throughout the world and the memory of what they said and did is still fresh in our minds and hearts.

            The Canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on the 4th of September, 2016 is an occasion of great joy to the Church throughout the world, but especially to the Church in India.  This historic event, which is fittingly taking place in the Jubilee Year of Mercy,  drives home to us the eternal message of Jesus, our Master, that caring for the neglected and the forgotten is the noblest of services;  it places before us the challenge to “go and do likewise” (Lk 10: 37) to the abandoned and the lonely in our homes and neighbourhoods.

            Mother Teresa of Calcutta has visited Goa at least twice. Besides, the Missionaries of Charity, founded by her, have four houses in our Archdiocese, namely at Panjim, Carambolim, Quepem and Cotto-Fatorpa.  Her canonization is

an occasion for all of us to thank God for such a simple and deeply religious person, whose life and caring service have brought so much joy and relief to people from all walks of life.

            This historic occasion will be marked in our Archdiocese by a double event: a parish celebration in all our parishes on the day of her canonization,  i.e. on the 4th of September, a Sunday, and a diocesan celebration, with representatives from all our parishes, at the Cathedral Church in Old Goa on the 13th of September, the day of her funeral. In view of this double celebration in our Archdiocese, we have formed a Committee that has made various suggestions for a fitting celebration on the 4th as well as on the 13th of September and which are already being circulated.

            Meanwhile we urge the Clergy, the Religious and the Laity in this Archdiocese, along with other people of good will, to participate in these events with enthusiasm and joy, so that they become for us all an occasion to recommit ourselves to the service of the poor and the marginalized and, in particular, to the care of the sick and the suffering in our own homes and neighbourhoods.

Archbishop’s House, Panjim, Goa, August 5, 2016.


                                                                                                   (+ Filipe Neri Ferrão)

                                                                                             Archbishop of Goa and Daman

Golden Verse

1Korintkarank 7:38

Mhonnttôch aplê ankvar hoklê lagim logn zata to borem korta; ani logn zaina to odik borem korta.