17 The Contribution of Valerian Cardinal Gracias to Society and Church

posted May 8, 2019, 8:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 8, 2019, 8:28 AM ]
by Dr Melanie Stephen Fernandes,
ably assisted & guided by Joseph Velinkar, SJ
Cinnamon Teal Publishing Gogol, Margao, Goa.

India Price - Rs 250/-

This thesis, published by the authors, is a well-researched and documented biography on the first Indian Cardinal, who carved a niche for himself in the ecclesiastical history of the nation. Melanie, who excels in Fine Arts, with the consummate skill of an artist, and Fr Velinkar, a historical scientist, have drawn an accurate pen portrait of the Cardinal's early life, who rose from being a pauper to a prelate, and then to a high-ranking Prince of the Catholic Church.

In this literary endeavour, they have done immense service to the Christian community in recovering a treasure trove, by giving a glimpse of the towering personality of the Cardinal who had done India proud, and displaying the magnificence of his unparalleled contributions on the canvas of hierarchical achievements on the Indian subcontinent. The book will not only refresh the memory of seniors who have been far removed in time, but will also inspire young minds to appreciate what Church leaders of such high calibre can do to influence their peers, their community, the state, the nation, and the world.

In their narrative of the epic saga on the life of His Eminence, Cardinal Valerian Gracias of revered memory, the scope of the spectrum covered ranges from his family background in Navelim and Karachi, his early childhood, schooling, as altar server and sportsman, to the seeds of his vocation to the priesthood that were sowed by the Jesuits—German/Swiss fathers in Karachi.