Feast of Saint Francis Xavier
portrait of the Saint is from the "Vida"
of Orazio Torsellino S.J.(1596) and is reported to
compare well with a drawing made in 1859 after an
examination of his body by a committee of medical
men in Goa.
(From Chapter XXXII -Vasco Da Gama and His Successors
1460-1580 by K.G. Jayne pub 1910).
excerpt from this book
figure of Francis Xavier, as it appears in the Jesuit
histories, is larger than human. But the true secret
of his mastery over men seems to have lain less in
his prestige and ability than in a certain sweetness
of temperament, as impossible to recapture and dissect
as the vanished scent of a flower…. It was this charm
which made him more than a great Churchman and a saint
- which won him the hearts of children, lepers and
issue of Goan Voice Canada focuses on Saint Francis Xavier's
feast, which is in reality an assertion of our Goan Catholic
heritage. Early December finds every Goan community, be
it in Goa, or in wintry Canada, coming together to celebrate
the feast of the Saint.
Events section of this newsletter lists the Goan Community
feast celebrations in North America and UK. Mementos of
past feast celebrations are also displayed in the "Friends
of St. Francis Xavier Web Site".
one could possibly want to know about the Saint, and the
institutions that carry his name can be found on the Internet.
after typing Saint Francis Xavier, it takes the search engine
less than 0.2 seconds to list more than 80,000 articles
Goan community here in Toronto dates back to more than thirty
years. However, only since 2001 were we able to hold a celebration
in a church named after the Saint. This tradition will continue
this year at the Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Mississauga
founded by Father Terence D'Souza. The celebrations will
take place on Saturday December 7, 2002, at 11:p.m. with
High Mass followed by a full day of festivities at the nearby
School of Saint Francis Xavier. More details of this event
can be found in the Events and Announcements of this Newsletter.
A flier is also on display at http://www.goanvoice.ca/frsfx/website/flier.html.
Happy Feast - See you all there.
FRANCIS XAVIER - Pearl
of the Orient
is preparing for the celebration of the 450th anniversary
of the death of "Goemcho Saib", St. Francis Xavier
on December 3 at Old Goa pilgrim centre. The theme is "Francis,
the path setter of building communities around Jesus".
The church hasn't organised a grand celebration, preferring
to lay more stress on spiritual preparation rather than
on ostentatious, outward festivity.
of devotees attended the first novena on November 24. The
massive shamiana erected in Bom Jesus Basilica compound
was practically packed for every Mass from 6.00 am to 6.15
pm. Thousands more will attend this year's feast, to be
celebrated on December 3, as ordered by Pope Alexandre VII
on September 22, 1663.
15 Archbishops and Bishops from different parts of the country
will be present for the concelebrated High Mass on the day
of the feast, the most patronised one in Goa. Cardinals Simon
Pimenta and Ivan Dias, both from Mumbai, will be present too,
while the main celebrant will be Goa's Archbishop Raul Gonsalves,
for the last time because he will retire in March next on
achieving the age of 75 years.
the guidance of Fr Delio Mendonca, the Xavier Centre of
Historical Research will release a souvenir containing plenty
of photographs and pictures of postage stamps issued during
the Portuguese rule depicting St. Francis Xavier. Moreover,
a special exhibition or a museum is likely to be set up
by the Jesuits at Porvorim.
a brief biography go to http://www.goanvoice.ca/2002/issue3/features.htm#sfxbiography
After the bombscare at the Bom Jesus Basilica, which sent
the police into a tizzy recently, the security at OId Goa,
particularly around the Basilica, has been beefed up.
ON ST FRANCIS XAVIER: The Jesuits of the Goa province,
in collaboration with the Xavier Centre of Historical Research,
Alto Porvorim, have organised a seminar on "In the
Footsteps of Francis Xavier: Jesuits in India", at
the Centre on December 7 and 8.
DIVERSION: In view of the ongoing novenas for St Francis
Xavier's feast at Old Goa, the stretch of the road from
the main junction at Old Goa upto Old Goa Police station
will remain closed for all vehicular traffic. The vehicles
proceeding towards Ponda on reaching the main junction,
shall take a left turn to take the road behind Se Cathedral-Arch
of Conception-Petrol pump. The vehicles coming from Ponda
towards Panaji on reaching Old Goa police station, shall
take a left tun so as to proceed via Neura junction-road
behind Bom Jesus Basilica church-main junction and further
to their respective destinations.
In the Goan
[St. Francis Xavier Feast Events in UK]
the Goan Voice UK
1 Dec. 12.30pm.
Goan Association (UK). Feast Of St Francis Xavier at Archbishop
Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon:
Feast of St Francis Xavier celebrated at the Goan Community
Centre, Keston Rd. N17.
3 Dec. 7:45pm.
The South East Goans Sports & Social Club will be celebrating
the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. St. Thomas More Church,
Long Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent. .
3 Dec. 7:00pm.
Special Holy Mass to commemorate the 450th anniversary of
St. Francis Xavier at the Holy Family Church, Trelawney
Avenue, Langley, Slough.
Goan Voice UK (formerly Goanet-UK)
Editor: Eddie Fernandes
of St. FX: Calling all Goan to celebrate in the
feast of St. Francis Xavier on 7th of December.
3, 2002 - 7:15 p.m. Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Sons and Daughters of Goan Tailors Society Celebration
Mass ar Merciful Redeemer Church, Mississauga, (Glen Erin/Erin
followed by social gathering in Church Hall.
December 7, 2002 - 6:00 p.m. Dance
Royal Banquet Hall, 185 Statesman Drive, Mississauga
Tickets: Adults/seniors: $20.00 Children 6-12: $10.00
Contacts: Fatz Fernandes: (905) 824-6418 Babush Barreto:
(905) 607-2143 Rosy Cabral:(416) 494-4594
Contact Hubert D'Souza at 280-4202
December 1, 2002
Francis Xavier Feast
at 2:00 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
404 Northmount Place NW
5931 4 St. NW
Santa in attendance
social occasion at the Corpus Christi Hall is for
members and non-resident guest only.
Children 12 and under are free.
Adult meal will be provided at a minimal charge
but must be reserved by calling any committee member
prior to November 20th, 2002.
of Goan Voice UK
Girl From Zanzibar' by Roger King is
the story of Marcella D'Souza -- a naive, ambitious and
beautiful young illegal immigrant.
book was published on 15 Nov., 2002. $14.95, 320 pages.
novel about postcolonial migrants trying to survive in Margaret
life, as she looks back on it, is a case in point. Born
from the ruins of three major empires -- the Portuguese,
the Arab, the British -- she is, as a friend puts it, a
''Goan Indian Portugese Arab African of Catholic Moslem
parentage.'' ''You're from everywhere,'' this friend (an
earnest British aid worker who serves as the novel's deus
ex machina) tells her. She corrects him: ''I'm from nowhere.''
with her forceful Aunt Stella, a pillar of the local Goan
community. Aunt Stella, a Dickensian eccentric for sure,
insists that Goans are ''really Europeans in disguise.''
''We have European names, some of us have European blood.
We've been European
for 400 years. We eat beef. We drink alcohol. We ballroom
dance. We're European.''
Marcella disagrees: ''Just because our ancestors were the
first to jump into bed with the Portuguese when they arrived
in India, doesn't make us European.''
ROZARIO IN TORONTO
God must sound like, through a composer's filter at St.
Michael's Cathedral [Toronto], assembled masses indulged
a standing-room audience to a feast of new music.
(Goan) soprano Patricia Rozario repeatedly soared and shone.
Toronto Star 20 Nov.
Goan Voice -UK)
will honour more than 400 athletes during their 50th Anniversary
celebrations on December 7 officials announced yesterday.
Seraphino Antao who has since migrated to Britain will also
be feted. Antao won the 100 and 200 yards at the 1962 Perth
Commonwealth Games. From The East African Standard 21 Nov.
100 yards GOLD 1962 Seraphino Antao KEN 9.50 secs.
A new generation of athletes has since succeeded Kenya's
pioneer athletic giants Maiyoro, Seraphino Antao, Arere
Anentia and Silas Boit, among others.
CANADA AT THE MILLENNIUM - A TRANSCULTURAL SOCIETY
THE POPULATION of modern Canada includes immigrants with
Indo-Portuguese history and culture. Goan settlement in
Canada is relatively recent, the founding generation of
Canadian pioneers coming in the 1960s from several parts
of South Asia and East Africa.....
in Toronto in 1970, the Goan Overseas Association (GOA)
now stands at the head of the ethno-community's cultural
and social life in the Greater Toronto Area. Each year,
the Association organizes and orchestrates a full calendar
of events including horseback riding, field hockey tournaments,
track and field events, soccer matches, ballroom dances,
symposia, and musical productions. Moreover, Goans in Montreal,
Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver can participate in the
life of similar Goan organizations that together form a
OUTSIDE, BROWN INSIDE: LIFE AND TIMES IN COLONIAL KENYA
Mervyn Maciel sees himself as a Kenyan-born Goan. This septuagenarian
loved the African bush, and had a "particular fascination"
for the tribes. Some years back he penned 'Bwana Karani'
(Merlin, UK, 1985), a personal narrative of two decades
in East Africa. The title literally translates to 'Mister
Clerk', the humble capacity in which he started his working
career in Kenya.
Fred Noronha interviews Mervyn Maciel.
For complete interview see http://www.goacom.com/news/news2002/nov/msg00060.html