//Fr. Angelo Benedetti, SJ Swami Shubhananda

Fr. Angelo Benedetti, SJ Swami Shubhananda

Swami Shubhananda was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1928 and named after an Austrian Jesuit priest, Fr. Angelo Barbaria, who was his father’s spiritual guide. Angelo attended a flourishing Jesuit school in Barcelona in 1938. He joined dozens of other young men who entered the noviciate in 1943 and completed his classical studies in 1948. He volunteered to come to India and was joined on the journey by several young Jesuits – some from Belgium others from Spain. Angelo was always outstanding in his studies and soon learnt Sanskrit, Gujarati, Marathi and Hindi.

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The author worked with Swami Shubhananda in establishing the Saccidananda Gurukul Ashram in Sihor, Gujarat. He is currently the parish priest of St. Mary’s Church, Palitana.