Mangaluru, Oct 02, 2017: It is a sad news that Rev Fr Theophil Pereira, OFM Capuchin, a senior old friar of Holy Trinity Province Karnataka, passed away at St Anne’s Friary, Capuchin Fathers, Jail Road, on Monday, October 2. He was 93. He was bed ridden for some time now and weak, yet he was cheerful and talkative recalling the old times.
Fr Theophil Pereira was born on October 15, 1925, at Neermarga. He joined the Capuchin congregation to become a priest after his initial studies and was ordained as priest on March 25, 1953. He was always glad to recall that his cousin Bro. Otho ofM Cap, was also a Capuchin, who passed away a few years ago. Fr.Theophil did a spell of study in Canada, which he often recalled and his friends there. He was a Capuchin pioneer at Dayalbagh and Ujire and was instrumental in establishing farms in these places from scratch. Many in Mangalore will recall him. A decade ago he made efforts to establish an nature home for elderly men at Merlapadau, Farangipete, but his aging health did not allow, since then he has lived in St.Ann’s well cared for.
According to the notice, the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at St Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano Farangipet at 3.30 pm followed by internment at Friary crypt.
Note: Mortal remains will be brought to St Anne’s Friary Jail Road, Kodialbail, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3 for public homage from 1.30 to 2.45 pm.