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posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:54 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 1:55 AM ]
Fr Vincent Dias

The last day of the year 2018 happened to be the last day in the life of Fr Vincent Dias. Vincent was ailing for quite some time, and therefore, for the last 4½ years, he was residing with his brother Fabian at Merces, Vasai. Fr Vincent’s regret that he was not able to give his very best at his last appointment in the Church of St Vincent de Paul, Khar remained with him till the end.

Vincent hailed from a big and well-to-do family, being third in line among five brothers and four sisters. He studied in the parish school at Merces, and thereafter at St Thomas High School, Deo Talao under the able educationist Fr Bernard Bhandari. Vincent, along with a big batch of Basseinites, joined St Pius X Seminary, Goregaon. In the seminary, he was known to be an intelligent student, asking the professors questions which made them think twice before replying to Bro. Vincent. He was ordained on December 16, 1973.

Fr Vincent’s first appointment was as an Assistant at St Anne Church, Orlem. He then came to St Thomas Church, Sandor. This enterprising priest was, at an early age, appointed the Parish Priest of St Peter Church, Arnalla. There he worked hard, and got the church building renovated for the celebration of its Golden Jubilee in 1981. From Arnalla, he was given an appointment at Our Lady of Bethlehem Church, Dongri. There he gave a big push to the work of constructing steps to climb the hill of the shrine of Irmitri,a place of age-old devotion ever since the early 17th century. Later on, he was appointed Parish Priest of St Xavier Church, Giriz. As his health started failing, he had to satisfy himself with the appointments he received as an assistant first at St Andrew Church, Bandra, then at Marol, Vile Parle, Powai and Versova. He was admired for his inspiring homilies, always giving insightful thoughts that applied to the day-to-day life of the faithful.