Thursday, January 20, 2011

Venerable Fr. Agnelo's Birth and His Family


Agnelo Gustavo Adolfo was born on Wednesday, January 21, 1869, at 1900 hrs IST, in Gaumvaddi, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa, western coast of the Arabian Sea. His father, Minguel Arcanjo Mariano de Souza (1826-1880) and mother Maria Sinforosa Perpetua Magalhães (1834-1882), both from Anjuna, were married on May 9, 1854. They were blessed with eight boys and one girl:

1) JOSÉ VICTOR FILIPE QUEROBINO (August 4, 1856-March 7, 1857)
2) MANUEL CRISOSTOMO CANDIDO ARISTIDES F.C. (December 27, 1857-January 13, 1931)
3) QUEROBINO JOSÉ VICTOR (December 8, 1860-August 5, 1906)
5) ANGELO INAUDINO EUFEMIANO JOÃO (July 21, 1866-November 30, 1934)
6) AGNELO GUSTAVO ADOLFO (January 21, 1869-November 20, 1927)
7) FLAVIANO ISMAEL SANTANA (February 22, 1871-April 17, 1902)
8) Ms. ADAMANTINA ELISA GRASMILDA (July 23, 1873-January 29, 1984)
9) JOÃO FILIPE SERGIO F. FRANCISCO de CONCEICÃO (March 24, 1876-March 11, 1926)

Twenty three days later Agnelo being weak in health was baptized on February 13, 1869 by Fr. João Batista de Souza, and his godfather was Gustavo Adolfo of Arpora and Anna Piedade from Anjuna. His day of birth coincided with the feast of St Agnes; hence, his parents named him Agnelo. He was the sixth child among nine.

His parents played a crucial role in bringing up their children in the fear of God surrounded during those periods. The middle class family worked on fields and managed a small farming area on which their livelihood depended.

His mother was educated (Portuguese education) with a natural gift in music and played piano and violin; hence, it is noted that she may have devoted her time more in the church affairs. Besides her music talent, she was a tailor and had a fair amount of experience in embroidery and this also may be one of the ways they generated income for a family of 11. Skeptics say she used all her talents for free to the village children and their house always remained packed from day to night due to catechism.

During these secessions, Agnelo became engrossed or enlightened to read the holy scriptures, giving due importance to the church services and later taking initiative to teach others. His holy future was predicted during this period by his close relative Fr. Lazaro Souza.

 At the age of 8, Agnelo received the first Holy Communion, which was unusual in those days of his age, and until death he received it daily and devoted his time reconciling on every Thursday before the Holy Sacrament.

At the age of 11, his father died and two years later his mother who was suffering from unknown illness understood her time to leave for the heavenly abode. She summoned all her children at her death bed and informed them about her end. She then pointed her finger to the picture of Virgin Mary, hanging above her head and said: “From now onwards She will be your mother, and you ask all your needs to her and she will fulfill it to you.” And thus she departed leaving behind all the children orphans at a very young age.

All the children were then under the custody of their paternal uncle, and after his death their eldest brother Manuelino who was a priest undertook the charge. On November 17, 1883 he received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of Patriarch and Archbishop of Goa, Dom Antonio Valente.

Let us continue to pray ardently for his early beatification.


Domnic Fernandes
Gaumvaddy, Anjuna, Goa
Mob: 9420979201

Thursday, 20-01-2011

[As forwarded to gaspar almeida,
by Mr. Domnic Fernandes].

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fr. Agnelo D'Souza's 142nd birth anniversary

From: Domnic Fernandes
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
To: Gasper Almeida
Subject: Fr. Agnelo's birth anniversary

Fr. Agnelo D'Souza's 142nd birth anniversary will be celebrated on January 21 at Pilar and Anjuna (Goa).
A solemn high mass will be celebrated at St. John’s Chapel in Gaumvaddi, Anjuna, the birth place of Fr. Agnelo at 5:00 p.m.


Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna, Goa
Mob: 9420979201

A song in honour of PADR AGNEL by Prem Kumar

Introduction dialogue:

Goenchi zomin kitli povitr ani nirmoll! Hoi, Goyem zaun assa
sonvsarantlo sorg. Dekun, Bhagivont Francis Xavier, Goa avoiche vengen ievun ravla.
Toxech, Goa avoin dog bhagivont putank zolm dila; tantlo ek zaun assa Padr Jose Vaz ani dusro Padr Agnel.

Kuddin durboll, jivitan nirmoll, ak’kea sonvsarak gazta tachem nanv
Mezunk zainam titleo milagri keleot, lok tachea paimieamxim ieta marun dhanv
Bandra Ashraman poixi, Musolman, Hindu, Parxi, toxech ozaranim Kristanv
Baghivontak dukh-sukh sangtat ani bhavartan magtat, dimbier ravon tacho ghetat umanv

Adhar gorjevontancho, Baghivont Padr Agnel
Gorjek sampoddleleancho, alaxiro Padr Agnel
Bhavartan magxi zalear, pavtolo Padr Agnel
Akantachea vellar ulo mar, sanddchonam Padr Agnel

Fulon bongo tollean, Jezuchea mollean, povitr pormollan fankarlolo
Dev-mogan vaddlolo, xegunnanim bhorlolo, Jezuchea mogak to lobdololo
Pettovn Dev mogachi vath, kuttombak korun fatt, aplech khoxen padri zalolo
Polputrar ravon, dekhiche sermanv sangon, Jezuchem utor tho porgottalo

Brestaracheo Pilar, boktancheo lainnim lagtat
Kalliz ugttem korun, baghivontak dukh-sukh sangtat
Goyencho put baghivont zalo, mhunn onod maan bhogtat
Tuka veginch altaracho maan favo zanv mhunn magtat

Vorsam zalim sabar, Goenchea mollbar, porzollit chondrim to udelolo
21ver Janerache, 1869 vorsak, Baghivont Padr Agnel zolmololo
Anjuna ganvan, Gustav mhunn nanvan, sogllo lok taka vollkotalo
Tea Agnel nanvanchea padrik Devan velo, ani bhavarteank eok bhagivont dilo

Tea bhagivonta passot, magnnim korunk lagoiea
Dimbier ravon Jezuk, man amchi bagoviea
Ulas amchea kallzache, Pap Saibak sangoiea
Goyenchea Agnel putak, veginch sant porgott mhunn magoiea.

[Peter D’Costa, known to everyone by his stage name‘Prem Kumar was one of the legends of the Konkani stage. He was basically a ‘partist’(actor) and rarely used to sings songs. It was awfully nice of him to sing a song in honor of Venerable Fr. Agnelo, and the lyrics were written by Prem Kumar, and forwarded to Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter by Domnic Fernandes]

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we gratefully acknowledge your plan for our salvation, even by working miracles through your chosen servants. We thank you for giving us your faithful servant, Fr. Agnelo, as an example of how to follow in the steps of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. With our whole heart we pray that you may lead us through your Spirit to imitate his saintly life. Grant us also the favour we ask (mention the favour) as a sign that he now shares in the Glory of our Risen Lord.

[From the archives of Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter].
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