Book on Fr Hugh Fonseca

A paperback book on Fr Hugh Fonseca, a priest in the Archdiocese of Bombay who passed away on June 16, 2011, aged 68 years, has been published by the Fonseca Family of Australia. Titled ‘MEMOIRS OF HUGH ANTHONY FONSECA, PRIEST OF THE POOR’, with a Foreword by His Lordship, Agnelo Gracias, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, the contents feature the many wonderful characteristics of the man with a legendary sense of humour. Fr Hugh excelled in all the parishes where he was the Parish Priest, and he has many friends and ex-parishioners across the globe who still remember him with great fondness, and continue to admire and praise his work.

Fr Hugh’s work in the Archdiocese spanned 43 years, during which time he acted as Assistant Parish Priest in three parishes, besides being Youth Chaplain in the Diocesan Youth Centre, Bandra for 8 years. He was appointed Parish Priest in five parishes from June 1984 – Holy Family Church, Pestom Sagar, followed by St Anthony Church, Saki Naka to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad, and then on to Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli. Following his final appointment as Parish Priest of St Michael Church, Mahim in July 2005, he retired in July 2009 due to ill health.

The book contains lots of interesting articles and photos contributed by ex-parishioners, friends and ex-students of Fr Hugh, who are based in India, Canada, United States and Australia, along with interesting information from Fr Hugh’s archives. “THE BOOK IS NOT FOR SALE!” However, for the sake of logistics, the family wants to have a feel of the numbers desirous of reading about this man of the masses and having a keepsake of his memory. Those interested in a copy of the book may kindly write to Mark Fonseca (fonseca@optusnet.com.au) with CC to lobo.andrea0@gmail.com or message with name and address to 9821061927 , ladisdsouza@gmail.com or call Ladislaus Louis D’Souza on 9869 66 3608.

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