Robert D’Silva, Pakistani Roman Catholic priest, Died at 90

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Robert D’Silva was born on June 7, 1925, and died on October 15, 2015.

He was a Pakistani Roman Catholic priest.

Robert was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He attended St Patrick’s High School, Karachi, where he was a classmate of BJP President L.K. Advani.

He studied theology in Shillong from 1944 and was ordained a priest on August 24, 1952.

Since then he has held many appointments, including parish priest of St. Lawrence’s Church and parish priest in St. Patrick’s Parish.

In 1985, Robert who was then the parish priest of St. Anthony’s Church, built and expanded the St. Anthony’s Boys School to become a full fledged Matriculation school.

In 1994, he lobbied officials to seek permission to build an Old Priests Home on a Civil Lines plot of land owned by the Archdiocese.

In 2000 the Old Priests Home was completed. A beautiful Chapel inside fulfilled the spiritual needs of the first residents, Frs. Robert D’Silva, Melito Dias and Joseph D’Mello.

From 1995 to 2001 Robert was the parish priest of Fatima Parish.

The Father Robert Golden Jubilee Invitation Inter-school cricket tournament was named in his honour in 2002 to celebrate 50 years of his priesthood.

Robert has led many pilgrimages to Goa, as well as to the Marian shrine in Fátima, Portugal.

In 2004, he led a group of 300 pilgrims to the Indian state of Goa for the decennial exposition of Saint Francis Xavier’s relics in Old Goa.

At the time Robert was once again the parish priest of St. Lawrence’s Church in Karachi.

Robert passed away at age 90 in Karachi on 15 October 2015.

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