Paes, Xavier

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Paes, Xavier

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      • John Sebastian Paes

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      23 Oct 1918 - 14 Feb 1991


      Fr. Xavier Paes was born John Sebastian Paes on 23 Oct 1918 in Karachi, Pakistan, to father John Braz Paes and mother Matilda Nazareth. Fr. Xavier made his solemn profession on [7/8] Sep 1940 in Alverna, Holland. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Holland and he was ordained to the priesthood on 11 Mar 1945 in Weert, Holland.

      Fr. Xavier worked as a missionary and chaplain on his return to Pakistan in 1945. From 1946-1952, he was a chaplain at two Catholic institutions: St. Anthony's and St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi. From 1952-1956, he did missionary work in Matti, then he worked as a teacher in Sukkar until 1960. From 1960-1975, Fr. Xavier was the parish priest in Karachi. He then worked as a missionary from Hyderabad, while living in the Bishop's Residence.

      In 1984, Fr. Xavier went on leave for a year and visited his relatives who were in Canada. While in Canada, he joined the friars in western Canada. He served for one year as an interim local ministry both in Victoria and Vancouver friaries in 1985 and 1986 respectively. In 1987 until his death, he stayed at St. Joseph's Friary in Victoria. Fr. Xavier died on 14 Feb 1991 in Calgary while convalescing from an illness.


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