BIS #6355 New Parish Priest springs a surprise; inspires parishioners

by Father Cleophas Braganza for BISMumbai

Father Allwyn Misquitta, the new Rector-Parish Priest at St. Dominic Savio Church [Wadala E] is not someone to be tied down. Despite the prevailing 'new normal' chaos, Father Misquitta sprang a surprise on his unsuspecting flock of 06 parish communities - Holy Cross, Marina Colony, Dominic Chawl, Salt Pans, Fatima Welfare Association and St. Dominic Savio community - with an unexpected pastoral tour.

From Monday 14 to Thursday 17 June, undaunted by the prevailing restrictions, the intrepid pastor set out at 6 pm each day to visit the homes of his parishioners, accompanied by the Small Christian Communities [SCC] Animator. He entered each home with a visible smile, enquired about the well-being of the family, and prayed for their intentions / better prospects, including the possibility of redevelopment of the areas.

The zealous parish priest desirous of being a shepherd with the smell of the sheep, set forth on this pastoral visit, 'moved by hope' in the firm belief "Behold, I make all things new," taking his cue from the Strenna 2021 of the Rector Major.