Ven Fr. Agnelo is the inspiration and guiding light for our children. He was a member of Pilar society and people from all over India hail him as a saint.
He was born in the beautiful and picturesque village of Anjuna, in Goa on Wednesday 21st of January, 1869. He was named ‘ Agnelo’ meaning ‘Little Lamb’. This name ‘Agnelo’ or ‘Little lamb’ portrayed perfectly his character: gentle, pure, peace- loving, humble and obedient. He was the sixth of nine children: eight boys and a girl.
Fr. Agnelo’s father was a disciplinarian but always fair towards his workers and devoted to his wife and family. His mother was a remarkable woman: well educated, devoted and hardworking. In spite of her busy schedule with her own children, she made time to teach catechism to local children as well as teaching them sewing and music. His exemplary parents made Fr. Agnelo what he is.
Fr. Agnelo was a gentle and pious child. He was blessed with an excellent memory and he was always at the top of his class. Fr. Agnelo was far ahead of other children of his age; he even taught other children how to pray. He was a born leader and felt called by God to lead his people as a priest. He joined the Seminary. After excelling in his studies, Fr. Agnelo was ordained a priest by Archbishop Valente on 24th of September 1899.
Fr. Agnelo’s priestly life is remarkable and touching. The time he spent in prayer, penance, reading and reflection, and living a life obedient to his superiors shows forth his saintly life. He was an outstanding preacher, helpful and generous to the people who approached to him; kind and tender; loving towards all in guiding and supporting them.
On 20th November 1927, on the feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr. Agnelo passed away while preaching at the vespers. Spontaneously people acclaimed him as person worthy to be venerated a saint. Thousands of people go to his tomb in Pliar to pray.
People consider him to be a saint precisely because he was a deep thinker and people used to come to listen to his sermons; he was an honest person, a person who gathered all people around him without looking at caste or wealth and he helped all people around him. He never had a bad word for anyone. We have chosen him as the model for our schools because this what we want our children to be.
We would like Fr. Agnelo School to promote intellectual excellence, emotional maturity and openness, social awareness and commitment so that we make our children proud citizens of India.