Tribute to Fr Chico
by Edgar Silveira
As the founding father of Lar dos Estudantes, he built the
institution with love and devotion. A whole generation of Laristas
testimony to his exacting moral standards.
Not satisfied to spend his later years in unproductive retirement he made the Clergy Home in Porvorim what it is today a haven of peace, tranquility and comfort. No job was too menial for him whether rushing to Mapusa or Panjim to see to the needs of the inmates, bathing a bedridden priest or traveling daily to Candolim to celebrate mass with his fellow villagers.
I don't envy the old priests at Porvorim, for there is a void difficult to fill. I don't envy the villagers of Candolim, for they will always miss his advice. I don't envy the sportsmen in Goa, for they have lost a great source of inspiration. But I do envy God, he will always have Fr.Chico for company.