From the Desk of, Dr (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ;


Fellowship of Indian Missiologists (FOIM-National) linked to the International Association for Missiological Studies (IAMS) was born in India in 1991. In fact, the first consultative meeting of FOIM was held at Gyan Ashram, Andheri, Mumbai, in 1990. As agreed by the scholars gathered there, the inaugural meeting was then held at Purnodaya, Bhopal in August 1991. The inaugural paper read by Fr Jacob Kavunkal SVD on the topic, Towards an Indian Missiology was published in the Indian Missiological Review -14/1(1991) 71-89.

FOIM is an inter-denominational Fellowship of professional Missiologists engaged in the service of the church in India. It links scholars and teachers of Mission in the different Christian Churches in a fellowship of study, reflection and experimentation. As such, it is a unique ecumenical organization where a variety of topics bearing on the mission of the church are treated. Collective thinking, sharing of insights and fruits of research from various churches in India, presented through papers and publication in the form of a book every two years is the contribution FOIM makes to the church of India.

The objectives of FOIM are to promote Missiological studies; to relate the message of Jesus Christ to the Indian context; to collaborate with missionaries in their work through reflection in terms of the cultural, religious and socio-economic context of India and to experiment with new methods in evangelization.

The first annual meeting of FOIM was held at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune in 1992 and in 1994 the first FOIM series entitled, Bible and Mission in India Today was published by St Paul’s, Bandra, Mumbai. To date, FOIM has published fifteen books on various topics connected to Mission. The last FOIM meeting was held in Guwahati. The theme of this Bi-annual Conference and Research Seminar was, Digital Generation: Challenges and Missiological Response. The book will be released during the forthcoming FOIM meeting this year which will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre at Nadiad, Gujarat from 24th to 26th October 2017. The theme for this year’s meeting is, Christian Mission and Contemporary Challenges. FOIM meetings are held in different parts of the country, with a view to experiencing the mission in that particular area. The association is supported entirely by contributions from members and from local sources.

The FOIM meeting began as an annual meeting. Slowly, it metamorphosed into a bi-annual Conference and Research Seminar. This was done not just due to time constraints, but mainly with a view to improving the quality and content of the papers presented. It was also done to ensure that all the members could attend, share ideas and enjoy camaraderie. The papers presented at the meetings are discussed and later published.

As FOIM celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year at Nadiad in Gujarat in October 2017 at the bi-annual Conference and Research Seminar, it is awaited with bated breath, since it has become a scholarly springboard for innovative ideas and a useful tool for both missionaries as well as students in theological training institutes. Beginning with a humble active membership of just 18 scholars, FOIM today prides itself with an over 100 membership and many vying to join/present or publish papers at the Conference and Research Seminar. Today FOIM has become a name to reckon with.

If you are a serious research scholar or are hoping to become one and are truly interested in participating in this Conference and Research Seminar at Nadiad, Gujarat, kindly get in touch immediately with Dr Jeyaraj Dasan-FOIM Secretary, India (# 8008004726, email: OR Dr (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ-FOIM President, India (# 9869266651/8291255181, email: /

Dr (Sr) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ – President of FOIM, India.

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Following letter to Archbishop, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, should make you understand the meaning. So far, we have not received any response, but on ground, it is reliably learnt that desirable action has been taken.

Crux of the entire matter is, DMC R South’s letter, bearing Ref. No. DMC / Z VII/ 236/ OD dated 22/03/2017; to Fr. Don John D’souza,  Sole Trustee, Our Lady of Remedy Church, SV Road,Poinsur, Kandivali (W), Munbai – 67; which concludes with following statement.

” Thanking you for your valuable co – operation for surrendering the land under Road Widening to the corporation”.




Constituted under Para 29 of Christifideles Laici

(Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of H.H.Late Pope John Paul-II)



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(Archdiocese of Bombay)

27th, March, 2017;


H.E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias,

Archbishop of Bombay,

Holy Name Cathedral,

Nathalal Parekh Marg,

Fort, Mumbai – 400001;



Your Eminence,


SUB:-                         BETRAYAL OF THE FAITHFUL


Hope this letter finds you in the pink of health. We keep you always, in our prayers, so that you can lead the community for many long years.


Your Eminence, the Saga of Betrayal, if it is true, is reenacting once again, in this twenty first century. Fr Don John, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Remedy Church, Poinsur; seems to have meekly surrendered to BMC authorities, the piece of land, belonging to the Parish. Most importantly, he has done it in the middle of night, keeping every person in dark, who have been helping him to fight the unjust LAND ACQUISITION NOTICE.


Apart from the parishioners, various other associations and individuals have come forward to help the parish, tide over this Injustice. While Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS), parish unit was, from day one, with the Parish Priest, other parishioners united under the banner of GUARDIANS UNITED in order to help him. Associations like SOUL – Save Our Land, WatchDog Foundation, Bombay East Indian Association (BEIA), All India Catholic Union (AICU) and BCS Central Unit among others, joined later. All these associations participated in various events, conducted jointly, to send a strong message to BMC authorities that NOT AN INCH OF OUR LAND will be allowed to touch in unjust manner.


Chronology of the events, in this context, is as follows:


  1. BMC authorities demolished the Sadanand Chawl, belonging to the parish. Parishioners gathered on the spot immediately, when the news of demolition was flashed. Even people from other parishes, particularly from Malwani and Orlem, made appearance on the site.
  2. A Human Chain was formed around the Church, to symbolize protection to the land.
  3. On 25th, December 2016; in spite of being Christmas Festival, many Catholics from the parish as well as surrounding Parishes, gathered at the gate near OLRC, Poinsur to register their protest against unjust land acquisition.
  4. 3rd, January, Parish authorities, along with members from associated groups, met DMC and Asst. Commissioner, R South; and discussed this matter at length. At this meeting, yours truly also was present and brought to the notice of BMC administration that the Road Widening Plan is invalid, since it has been drawn in violation of a law, which provides protection to Religious Places. I personally discussed this matter with Fr. Richard Crasto later, who was present at this meeting.
  5. On, 21st, January, 2017; a massive SILENT PROTEST RALLY, commencing from OLRC and marching to BMC R South office was organized jointly by these associations.


All these associations and Individuals feel betrayed. Isn’t it the duty of the Parish Priest, to take them into confidence, and share the reason for this about turn, with them?


We are sure; Fr. Don John is not capable of taking this decision on his own. Then who advised him on this matter to decide on such a drastic step? The People must know.


Your Eminence, we have been hearing a buzz that authorities have assured that they will not take the Cemetery and would not touch the HOLY CROSS, but only the adjacent piece of land. What is the guarantee that they will not come for the Cemetery and the HOLY CROSS later? Besides, the court has granted temporary injunction to the Cemetery and the HOLY CROSS, which the Parish authorities have perhaps, not understood. Have they challenged this court order, granting permission to BMC to acquire the piece of land? They are not taking piece of land for any commercial purpose. It is for road widening, as per the plan which cuts through the Cemetery and the HOLY CROSS. This certainly implies that unless the cemetery land is taken, road widening process will not be complete.


As per little understanding of law that I have, Cemetery has protection from a particular Law. THE PLACES OF WORSHIP (SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT 42 OF 1991; and drawing a plan cutting through the Cemetery, for widening of a road, itself is in violation of the law, hence the plan renders INVALID. Therefore, notice for land acquisition, by the virtue of invalid plan, too renders invalid. Then where was the hurry for the Parish Priest to surrender this piece of land? Through a letter, this matter has been brought to the notice of Municipal Commissioner Shri Ajoy Mehta, Chief Engineer (Roads and Traffic) and Dy. Municipal Commissioner, Zone Vll by me, seeking redressal to get this plan abolished.


I had brought this to the notice of Adv. Martina, who is representing the Parish in Court. This is the first blunder, taking the matter to court, committed by Fr. Don John. She said the writ is being amended to incorporate this clause; which is heartening. However, just for your information, in my individual capacity,  have filed a complaint with LOKAYUKTA, seeking stay on any attempt to forcible acquisition of piece of land, till am given a hearing. I am not sure, if BMC waits till then. However, the message has been sent to DCP Zone XI and Senior Inspector of Kandivali Police station, citing the Complaint to LOKAYUKTA, not to entertain any request from BMC to provide any help.


Your Eminence, We have amongst us, knowledgeable persons like Adv. Godfrey Pimenta, Dolphy D’souza, ex President of BCS  who are the guiding force to people, in many such agitations. Why couldn’t they be taken into confidence, before taking the decision to surrender the piece of land?


Your eminence, so far Parishioners are not aware of this development. You can imagine their reaction, when the matter comes to the fore. I will appreciate, if you could seek clarification on the matter from the Parish Priest or any other entity, responsible for the decision.


We would be awaiting a reply from you at the earliest.


Yours always,









SILENT VOICE, on behalf of readers, congratulates H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, on his appointment to this august position…………….GREG


FEB. 21, 2017

“The Holy Father has granted the title of Lawyer of the Roman Rota to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay, India.

–          issued by the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday, February 15, 2017”

The Archdiocese of Bombay congratulates His Eminence on his prestigious appointment to the Roman Rota by the Holy Father.

The Sacred Roman Rota is part of the great system of government established in Rome, by which the Pope discharges the duties which devolve on him as Head of the Catholic Church. The government is covered by three sections: the administrative, the executive and the judicial. The Rota belongs to the judicial section: it is one of the tribunals through which the Pope exercises his sovereign power of administering justice in ecclesiastical matters. Its sole function is to hear and decide, according to the law, cases duly submitted to it. It is not sure how the court came by its name, but the Latin word Rota means a wheel or circle, and the Court may have received its name from the round table at which the judges sat.

The Rota consists ordinarily of ten judges whose official title is ‘Auditores’: they are of equal status and authority, and the senior, or Dean, as he is called, obtains precedence, but no jurisdiction, over the other judges. The appointment of a judge is made by the Pope in person. The qualifications required by law for the office are that the candidate be in priest’s orders, have obtained the doctorate in canon and civil law, be of mature age, and be distinguished for moral integrity, prudence, and legal skill.

Courtesy: Archdiocese of Bombay

Another side of Bishop Allwyn D’silva:

In Response to the post on SILENT VOICE, captioned; “Reply to the Article “Grassroots worker priests ordained as bishops”; a reader has responded/commented. We perceive, his comments need wider publication. Hence, publishing it as main post.


Walter Murzello said,

February 11, 2017 at 8:48 pm

Feels sad to hear about the church land deals in Bhayander. Fr. Allwyn is not the only secular priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay who is embroiled in these sad shady issues. One thing for sure I know he was initially active in the Uttan Dumping Ground “andolan”… However when his cardinal intervened, he fizzled out and evaporated.
Personally as a lover of all things of Heritage Value… I respect him for having the guts to spend and spend much much money on the restoration of the Thane, St.John The Baptist Church. This church today is a tourist attraction. (all tour operators kindly take note). He was also recognized and presented an award for his limitless efforts to restore the Thane church to its pristine glory. He along with his parishioners, received an award from an NGO known as Mobai Gaothan Panchayatheart for conserving heritage and restoring the glory of our ancient churches in Mobai.

Fr.Allwyn (oops! Bishop Allwyn) as I know him is a nice person. I know he was asked to bow out of the Anti Dumping Ground Agitation by his mentor Oswald Cardinal Gracias who ironically today is the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. and also appointed to the eight-member Council of Cardinals, informally the Council of Cardinal Advisers, established by Pope Francis to help with governing the Catholic Church and reforming its central administration.

We have many nice catholic secular priests who unfortunately find it difficult to work for God’s People and God’s Creation because of the pressures from of the hierarchy.

All said and done… Maybe with some power bestowed on him as a Bishop he will hopefully have the courage to bring out the good side of him.

Reply to the Article “Grassroots worker priests ordained as bishops”


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 “Grassroots worker priests ordained as bishops”


Those who are Culprits, have been rewarded “LordShip” Title, because the Diocese have no choice, for they have to run their shop of BULLING in the name of Religion.
Bishop Allwyn D’silva,   Champion of Environmental Causes.  His Chosen motto is Care for Creation as it has been said about him .

Ignore Humans and Care for Creation that should be his appropriate motto for him.

While he was in Bhayander parish he has not  contributed positively, Only created wider divide between two communities, and invited trouble on Maundy Thursday, where even the Commission appointed by the ArchBishop admitted in its report, “that if the Parish Priest wanted he could have avoided the situation”, by discussing the issue with the Parishioners. But he didn’t find it necessary, because he was busy with Environment.

The Learned Parish Priest, instead of calling the Parishioners for a Peace after the episode, preferred to Lodge a Police complains against the Parishioners with a title of the Complain. “The War is over the Battle has Started”.

With Such wisdom of the Parish priest, The Title of the Lordship has been conferred upon him.
As I said it before He is  also an accused of 3 Land deals where in documented corruption has been highlighted and the Charity commissioner has issued a Show Cause notice to him in the year 2016.
Where in, as a Trustee he has issued a NOC to a Builder related the Church Plot, which is under the Church possession since 1955, He states in the NOC that the Plot does not belong to the Church and the Builder is free to construct upon it.  11-story building is standing over it without a penny to the Church.

In another  deal the Builder had defaulted payment to the church  for 2.3 Crores  for 3 years and in a sale  Plot ,  and the church could have cancelled the deal  and taken charge of the plot.  However, before leaving the Parish he accepted Cheque of 25 lacs from the builder, which made the builder again eligible in the legal process.  Moreover, till date it has been more than 5 years now the Builder has not paid any amount to the Church. And the Builder still claims the plot

The 3rd deal where the Church made losses of more than 2 Crore rupees cause the plot worth 2.5 crore rupees was sold for 55 lacs only.
There have been immense losses made by Fr Allywn D’silva to the Parish of Bhayander in tune of approx 5 crore rupees ,  and all the above subject matters are made aware to the ArchBishop, but still, He was best suited for the Lordship Cap , after all the corruptions and misdeeds done by him. And most of the Parishioners are either innocent or have short term memory and try to forget this sort of deals cause when the Parish Priest Changes the parishes he starts with a new leaf to write a new story. Moreover, old mess has been forgotten.

And the ArchDiocese without applying its mind presents you a corrupt priest as Lordship to you and we have to accept it blindly because we do not questioned its appointment. I challenge and  Questioned the Authority of the Archbishop to give me the Answers of the above messed up deals,  and prove me wrong  ,  But I guarantee you they would not even move from the seat “ Cause they don’t care at all”  about  the parishioners or the church.

So is the State of affair of the ArchDiocese of Bombay    “applauds”

Noel Corriea



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