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Assumption of The B. V. M Province


Pallotti Home, the Retreat Centre was blessed on April 28, 1985 by Most Rev. Raul Gonsalves, the Archbishop of Goa & Daman. It functioned from 1985 onwards solely as the Retreat Centre. The major construction work of Pallotti Home was carried out by Fr. Paul Kochupoovathummootil, SAC. He was assisted by Fr. Henry Kieffer, SAC. Pallotti Home, as a Retreat Centre, contributed greatly for the renewal of the faithful by way of organizing charismatic renewal retreat, charismatic growth retreats and charismatic leadership retreats. A good number of laypersons participate in these retreats. Besides retreats for the college students and high school children are organized by our confreres. Seminars on communication and leadership are organized periodically. Retreats for youth from different parishes of the Archdiocese of Goa are also organized. Groups such as Marriage Encounter, Couples for Christ, etc. also have had their programmes and retreats here. By and large this apostolate centre caters for the formation of the laity. From July - December 2006 a major renovation was carried out at Pallotti Home. Frs. Jose Koyickal, SAC, Frederick D'Souza, SAC, Peter D'Souza, SAC, Anton Nenzl, SAC, Ralph Besterwitch, SAC, Frank Pinto, SAC, Leo Felix Monroe, SAC and Fr. Frederick D'Souza SAC, Fr. Anthony Correia, SAC. are some of the confreres who served Pallotti Home as Directors. There were many others who assisted them over the years. The present Director is Fr. Valentine Anthony Alphonso, SAC.

The house at Silva Vaddo, Parra, and the land adjacent to it were donated to the Pallottines by Mr. John Pires and Mrs. Philomena Pires in the year 1995. Until 2003 no major renovation was carried in the house. In 2003 the Provincial Council authorized Fr. Camilo Simoes, SAC, to begin the renovation of the house. The renovated house was blessed and inaugurated by Very Rev. Fr. Christudhas, SAC, the Provincial, in January 2004. The house was then named Pallotti Dhan. Since we had a good number of graduate students that year, the Provincial Council decided to make this house a temporary formation house for the graduate students. Fr. Patrick Furtado, SAC, was appointed In-charge of the house and the group of seven graduate students from June 2004. He also carried out further renovation including the making a new Chapel for the Community. The new Chapel was blessed by Most Rev. Philip Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop of Goa & Daman on December 21, 2004. The house was rechristened Villa de Pallotti. In June 2005 Fr. Walter Menezes, SAC was appointed as the In-charge of Villa de Pallotti. Because ofhis efforts on March 28, 2006 an additional 400 square meters land (S. No. 7/58) and in August 17, 2006 land measuring 2150 square meters (S. No. 7/28) was gifted to the Pallottines by Mr. and Mrs. Caesar and Jim Flinto. From June 2007 the house is used as an Apostolate Centre for conducting camps, seminars and other similar programmes. In the year 2007 Villa de Pallotti was looked after by our confreres from the Pernem Community assisted by our confreres from the Assagao Community. Fr. Patrick Joseph Socorro Furtado, SAC is in-charge of this house.