Mangaluru, July 09, 2015: Fr Thomas D’Souza, parish priest of Mukka parish of Mangalore passed away due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday July 8. He was 60. He breathed his last at 6.15 am at Father Muller Hospital when he was brought there from the Jeppu Seminary where he was in retreat.
The funeral mass will be held at 4 pm at Holy Spirit Church, Mukka on Thurday July 9, and the mortal remains will be interred at Mukka church cemetery as is the norm for incumbent parish priests .
A resident Beltangady parish, Fr Thomas D’Souza was born on January 18, 1955 to Jacob D’Souza and Christine Pinto. Ordained priest on May 4, 1982, he served in several places. First as assistant parish priest at Valencia (1982-’83), then Karkala town (1983-’84) and Cordel, Kulshekar (1984-’85). He then served as parish priest of Sampaje from 1985 to 1992. Then as the manager of Codialbail Press, where he worked till 1999. He then served as parish priest of Byndoor (1999-2006), Permannur (2006-2013) and Mukka until his demise.
Mangalore diocese Bishop, Rev. Dr.Aloysius P D’Souza and several priests and people expressed their sorrow on the sudden passing away of a very much liked priest. Rev J B Crasta, Parish priest and dean of the City Varado said it was a loss to the diocese. Late Fr. Thomas was his class mate in the seminary at Jeppu and was also ordained on the same day together.