“It would be appropriate of you to find out, if there is any substance in what the reader has alleged,(Transfers of Four Clergy Principals), since it is a serious offence, detrimental to the Institution of Schools.”

Dear Readers,

Almighty does not permit anything to be buried for ever, if it has not been reached to its logical conclusion. This episode has revealed his plan. He provided, just a ray and we picked it up from there, to accomplish his desire.

Entire Parish of St. Anthony’s, Malwani; was shocked to learn that the most efficient principal, Fr. Henry Pereira was being transferred, through the announcement, on 30th, April, 2017. This was the topic for discussion among parishioners, for a very long time since then. Like others, we too were shocked and decided to take this matter with the Archbishop. We wrote to Archbishop, asking him to revoke the transfer, but could not succeed.

As it has been stated above, Lord Almighty has his own ways. We are doing our Christian duty of bringing to your notice, anything that is detrimental to the Church, including this one.

The Archbishop has not responded to our last letter, dated 31st, August, 2018;


St. Anthony’s High School, Malwani;

31st, August, 2018

His Eminence,
Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay

Your Eminence,

SUB:- Transfer of Fr. Henry Pereira; Principal of St. Anthony’s High School, Malwani; a year ago;

About a year ago, we met on the subject matter, on my request and discussed the same, for a short while. The discussion could not prolong further, because of the reason you cited for the transfer, seem to be valid, hence I accepted it. However, at the back of my mind, I was aware that it is at the behest of Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, Manager of the school, the transfer has been affected. How else would he be suitable to be a principal at Vasai Diocese, in spite of the reason you cited and not at Malwani; from where he was transferred within a year, soon as Fr. Agnelo took over as Manager?

Transfers of the priests, is your discretion, your Eminence; hence the chapter was closed.

The reason for reviving this matter is some new revelation which indicates Fr. Agnelo has been in the habit of transferring principals, the clergy, and installing lay persons as principals, in order to take control of the Schools.
One of the readers has posted following comment on SILENT VOICE, in relation to the post, DEDICATED to, Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani – Part II which is quite revealing, and needs to be taken seriously.

Victor Pereira said,
August 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm •
We need to also pay attention to what he is doing in the school, after all it is our parish school. He has appointed a lay teacher as acting principal. By doing so he has ensured that there is no other priest in school to question his running of the school as per his mood.
Appointing a lay person is detrimental to the school and the parish as a whole, we have examples right next door at St Anne’s Orlem.
Additionally the Cardinal should well be aware of what happened in St Michael’s Mahim when a lay person was appointed acting principal.
I did a little research on our parish priest; the last 4 principals (priest) were transferred within one year, with him being their manager. I wonder where the problem is????

Your Eminence, during our last meeting on Fr. Agnelo; you claimed that he was never a Parish Priest at OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH, in Orlem; which proved to be right, after you checked his file. At that time you were in Agra, and not in Bombay. He seems to be involved in the sale of the GROTTO, to the builder, along with plot of land. Parishioners then carried out a signature campaign to liberate the GROTTO, and succeeded. In this context he was transferred within a year, about which you expressed surprise.

It would be appropriate of you to find out, if there is any substance in what the reader has alleged,(Transfers of Four Clergy Principals), since it is a serious offence, detrimental to the Institution of Schools.

Sincerely yours, in Our LORD JESUS CHRIST;




6th, May, 2017;

Most Rev. Oswald Cardinal Gracias,


Archdiocese of Bombay;

Your Eminence,

May the Lord Jesus Christ, keep you in good health always, to lead your flock, as you have been doing till now.

It is that time of the year, when every Catholic in the Archdiocese, is anxious about. It is a time of annual rescheduling and transfers of the priests, from one parish to another. It is a subject for discussion, among parishioners, during this period.

Fr. Henry D’souza and Fr. Henry Pereira, Principal of St. Anthony’s High School, Malwani; are being transferred to another parish. This was announced during a Sunday mass. Fr. Henry D’souza’s transferred was confirmed by The EXAMINER. He has a long tenure of seven years of service in the parish to his credit; hence parishioners are not surprised.

However, news of fr. Henry Pereira’s transfer has come as a shock to parishioners, which is hot subject for discussion, among parishioners. Obviously, we too are surprised at his sudden transfer, after his short tenure of three years only, which has been very successful. The parishioners at large, believe that this is not a routine transfer, but some adverse circumstances, prevailing currently, has been a cause for his transfer.

Your Eminence, transferring/rescheduling of the priests, is entirely your prerogative and there should be no external interference, which we too, believe in. However, transfer of Fr. Henry Pereira, will have adverse repercussions on working of the school as well as, on the reputation of this young, dynamic and loved by all, priest. The school in particular, is going to suffer, because of his unexpected departure.

Ever since, he took charge as principal, the standard of the school has risen to the highest level. SSC results, of last two years, during his tenure, stand witness to it. Besides, he has brought in much needed discipline into school administration and among the staff, which was lacking for all the years, prior to his arrival on the scene. This seems to have stirred the ones, who were enjoying being undisciplined. Fr. Henry Pereira had put them in the place where they belong, with full support from Fr. Austin Norris at the helm as manager. This situation suddenly seems to have changed, after the departure of Fr. Austin Norris. Undisciplined behaviour among some of the staff has suddenly raised its ugly head, again; making it difficult for him to control.

A peon in the school, who seem to have been promoted as clerk on forged documents, it is alleged, was behaving as if he is the  manager all these years, was reminded by Fr. Henry Pereira that he is just a peon and was put in his place. He has now gone back to his older ways of leading the coterie of undisciplined staff. It would not be right for me to put down the reason for this change, but you can imagine yourself, like me and other parishioners do.

I therefore, request you to grant me an urgent audience to apprise you in details, personally, as to why he should not be transferred. As I have stated above, transfers of priests is entirely your prerogative and there is no scope for external interference in it, which I am aware of; In spite of that I am urging you to reconsider your decision and revoke Fr. Henry Pereira’s transfer; in the interest of St. Anthony’s School in general, but in the interest of the reputation of this young dynamic priest. His sudden transfer will be a victory to his adversaries, who will be rejoicing, while his reputation will be tarnished.

 Your Eminence, I have always been writing to you against priests. This is the first occasion, where I am pleading with you for, in favour of a priest. I am sure, you will understand.

While on the subject, I wish to draw your attention to Our Lady of Remedy School Issue, Poinsur. This was narrated to me by some of the teaching staff, individually, while I used to attend meetings, in relation to the BMC’s Land Acquisition Notice. I was wondering, how to present this matter to you. However, I shall narrate it, in details, personally, when we meet. The villain in this scene is a peon, who has been pampered by Fr. Don John D’souza, Parish Priest. His tenure, whatever it is, has been mired in controversies. However, Fr. Don has been ignoring all the complaints against him. I would like to cite, just one incident, which I feel is very serious, and can’t be overlooked. It is alleged that during a search for stolen money, he was found with couple of packets of imported CONDOMS, in his uniform pocket. This matter was reported to Fr. Don, by the principal and some teaching staff but it was suppressed by him. The staff is shaken with this attitude of Fr. Don. He also has been seen, loitering near girls toilets on one of the top floors.  I have been told that before his departure, Fr. Don is making efforts to make this guy permanent, by asking another peon, who is supposed to retire about a year or so later, by forcing him to take voluntary retirement. Staff is concerned about this development. I request you to view this matter seriously.

Your Eminence, please excuse me, if you feel that I have exceeded my limit. But as you have known; I can’t remain silent, at undesirable happenings, within parish administration.

Yours always, in LORD JESUS CHRIST




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  1. Victor Pereira said,

    November 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Since it was me to make the allegation, let me substantiate.

    Fr agnelo was transferred to OL of Lourdes Kalyan.
    2013 principal was transfered out
    2013 fr James D’Silva appointment principal
    2014 frJames transferred out.
    2014 fr Merwyn D’Souza appointment principal
    2015 fr Merwyn transfered out
    2015 Lay person appointed acting principal

    Fr Agnelo was transferred to St Anthony’s Malwani
    2017 fr Henry Pereira transferred out
    2017 Lay person appointed acting principal.


  2. December 16, 2018 at 12:05 am

    […] A vigilant reader of SILENT VOICE provided input of similar transfers of Principals, by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, which can be read by clicking on following Link. WAS THERE A MALICIOUS INTENTION, BEHIND TRANSFER OF AN EFFICIENT PRINCIPAL? […]


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