//Br. Joseph Paschal (Pascoal) De Souza, SJ (GOA) 1936–2019

Br. Joseph Paschal (Pascoal) De Souza, SJ (GOA) 1936–2019

Br. Paschal was one who was never content with the mediocrities of people, whether in work or in conduct. He was born in Walkeshwar, Bombay, on 12th October 1936 of parents of Goan origin, and did his schooling in Goa. During this time he became acquainted with the Jesuits at Mapusa and desired to enter the Society. 

After his Novitiate at Vinayalaya, Andheri (Bombay), Paschal did two years of Juniorate studies at the same place. During this time, in the company of a large group of Brothers of various Provinces, he was able to pick up quite a few skills like cooking, baking, tailoring, wine-making, and caring for a well-kept sacristy and chapel. 

After Tertianship in Bangalore in 1970 he was appointed Minister at St. Britto High School, Mapusa, where he exhibited his talent for keeping the community and hostel boys happy with his delectable preparations. As Director of St. Paul’s High School hostel for poor boys (Gnanamata Bal Bhavan) he supervised the boys and looked after two kitchens for fourteen years. 

Subsequently, he was sent to render service as Minister to a number of Jesuit Communities: Xavier Training College, Desur, Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim, again to St. Paul’s H. School, Belgaum, Bom Jesus Basilica Old Goa, the Pedro Arrupe Institute at Raia, and finally back to where he had begun, St Britto’s H. School, Mapusa. Wherever he was sent Paschal made his -distinctive contribution to the Jesuit Brother’s work and accomplishments. Regular prayer had been his strength in every assignment and kept him joyful in his vocation as a Jesuit Brother.

  • Bro Thomas D’Souza