In many ways Fr. P.T. has been an inspiration. If someone asked him how he felt he would reply with a smile, “pretty good” even when he was suffering. He had an art of taking things positively and moving on to accomplishing his goal. After his heart surgery he was not in the best of his health. And yet no complaints! Gus remained a “Pretty Good” Jesuit all throughout his life and left his “footprints on the sands of time”.
The significant contributions Fr. Augustine has made, speak volumes of his Vision accompanied by passionate
Commitment as a son of St. Ignatius. To list a few: he established St. Xavier’s College of Education,
built necessary buildings and facilities for the same, founded the Patna Catholic School Principals’
Association, established St. Xavier’s Parish and a Convent for Missionaries of Charity, and a Home for
Destitutes in Jaipur, built the Millennium Hall Complex, organized the Golden Jubilee events of St. Xavier’s
Raj Niwas Marg Delhi, built Navjivan Renewal Centre, built the Fr. E. L. Watrin Memorial Building, Kathmandu,
added more facilities, and initiated new courses in St. Xavier’s College Kathmandu, besides being effective
Principal and Rector in some major schools/colleges in Patna, Delhi and Nepal. In all these places he had put
in a yeoman’s work with marvelous achievements in a record time. He is called back by the Lord who had anointed him a ‘Companion in His Mission’.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour”. May your life and work ever remain an inspiration.
K.P. George, SJ