Monday, September 8, 2014

Fr. Pancratius Pinto passes away suddenly....a great human being

Fr. Pancratius Pinto whom I met in 1979 in Mumbai at Fratima Friary, as a young and energetic friar who was loved by students, teachers parents and parishioners. He made a great impression on me by his simple and humble life style. For me he was a perfect Capuchin as he lived a very authentic life. He lived what he practiced. In the school he was darling of all as he was a good mathematic and science teacher. He was a sportsman too. In the evening in Fatima campus he would run a free coaching classes for the poor and underprivileged students. He also coached the future sportsmen of Mumbai, free of cost.
In the parish as an assistant parish priest, he was known as”Shivaji Father”, Shivaji is an historical person from Maharashtra who fought against the enemies. He is the Father of Maharashtra, who always had a long beard. Br. Pancratius too had long beard like Shivaji Maharaj so people called him so….He being Mangalorean learnt Marathi and would preach fluently in the Parish.
I owe him a lot.  He guided me in my initial formation. I did my college from Fatima Friary and I was alone as a student. He would take care of me and also help me in my studies.
This is to inform you that Fr. Pancratius Pinto OFM Cap., belonging to Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka, presently the member of Trinity Vihar Fraternity, Perampally, passed away yesterday, Sunday (7th September, 2014) evening due to massive heart attack.

His personal details:
Date of Birth: 2nd June 1948
Date of investiture:  30th April, 1967
Date of simple profession 1st May, 1968
Date of Solemn Profession 23rd April 1973
Date of Ordination : 3rd May 1976
Death:7th September, 2014.

His past services as Capuchin:
He has served in the following places in his various capacities.
-       St. Anne’s friary, Mangalore
-       Holy Cross Seminary, Pune
-       Vidya Mandir, Pune
-       Fatima Friary, Bombay
-       Devdatta, Latur
-       Deena Seva Ashram, Bangalore
-       St. Ignatius Church Mandvi.
-       Custody of St. Charles Lwanga, Uganda.
-       Kripalaya, Bogadi.
-       Trinity Vihar Perampally.

Funeral Details:
His funeral will be conducted tomorrow 9th September, 2014 Tuesday.
His body will be kept in following places for the prayer and to pay last homage:

-       At 11. 00 a. m. - Trinity Vihar fraternity, Perampally where he was presently the member.
-       At 11.30 a. m. - Our Lady of Fatima Church Perampally where he served regularly as assistant pastor.
-       At 3.00 p. m. – St. Fidelis Friary, Monte Mariano, Farangipet Funeral Mass and burial. 
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