Fr. Isidore Pinto was born in 1942 at Maryneer House, Hosabettu, in Mangalore Diocese, as the youngest of nine children. He joined Gonzaga House, the apostolic school, while doing his high school and PUC from St. Aloysius, Mangalore. He joined the Patna Jesuits in 1963 and was ordained a priest in 1976. Fr. Pinto was a soft spoken, simple, sincere and dedicated person, who spent his entire apostolic life in the education ministry serving as the Head Master of the Middle Schools in Chuhari and Ara; Vice Principal of K.R., Bettiah and St. Xavier’s, Patna. He retired to XTTI in 2006.
Fr. Isidore Pinto was a person of committed, serious, and steady character. He was an eloquent witness of a person consecrated to God. He always carried out the responsibility entrusted to him to the best of his ability. Serving in different schools over a span of thirty years, in a quiet and unassuming way, he enriched the lives of the students. Beyond his teaching in the class room, his life was a witness to order and discipline. His rhythm of life built on simplicity of life style, perseverance in monotony and service, with no expectation of anything in return, had taught the students more than his words. Despite his health problems throughout his life, Fr. Isidore exhibited endurance, contentment and interior peace.
On the 7th August, the day of his death, he joined the community for Mass and meals, though he was coughing and unwell. In the afternoon, one of our co-workers found that he had passed away in his sleep. As in life, so in death, he passed away quietly. May the Heavenly Father who sees what is done in secret, reward His silent servant with eternal life! (Mt 6:4-6) May his soul rest in peace!
- Selvin Xavier, SJ