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Oct. 3, 2015

Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca, fondly known as Bishop Ferdie, passed away on Friday, 2nd October, 2015.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew’s Church, Bandra on 3rd October, by Bishop Bosco Penha. The concelebrants included 7 Bishops from the Western Region and nearly a hundred priests from the Archdiocese of Bombay and the neighbouring Diocese of Vasai. Fr. Gilbert and Fr. Clement DeLima – Bishop Ferdie’s nephews – were among the concelebrants.

An avid reader, a brilliant student and a harbinger of peace, Bishop Ferdie was all of these. Everyone who remembers Bishop Ferdie, remembers his resilient spiritual life and deep love for God; his work in Pastoral Ministry cannot be forgotten. Even after retirement, he continued to serve God, by serving His people.

The words that were spoken by Bishop Ferdie’s companions from the priesthood and his family, reminisced about the quality of the man he was. ‘Resourceful’, “humble’, ‘outgoing’ and ‘excellent’ were some of the adjectives used to honour his memory.

Bishop Dominic Savio read out Cardinal Oswald Gracias’ message of condolence, as His Eminence is attending the Synod of the Family in Rome and was unable to attend the Funeral. We certainly agree with his Eminence that Bishop Ferdie will now be our powerful intercessor in Heaven.

Bishop Bosco Penha, in his homily, recalled his personal memories of Bishop Ferdie, as an enthusiastic person, whose work made a difference in others’ lives. His Lordship concluded by observing that Bishop Ferdie’s ‘race’ was an extremely successful one and his goal of being with his Creator was achieved.

61 years a priest, 35 years as bishop, 89 years as true child of God. In the words of his niece, Ellen Maumkel, “He has served his Master well.”

May eternal light shine upon Bishop Ferdie. May he rest in peace.

:October 4, 2015

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