The members of the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier are familiarly referred to as ‘Pilar Fathers’. With the establishment of the Archdiocese, the Archbishop invited the Pilar society to extend their services from the Diocese of Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar. They proposed to work in two centers. The Asal mission near Shamlaji, is set up with the dedicated work of the fathers and sisters. Asal mission is now growing and sowing the seeds of evangelization. Search is on for the other center in Gandhinagar taluka.
Provincial: Fr. Valerian D’Souza
Rev. Provincial Superior
Nivant Nivas Provincialate
Bungalow No. 81,
Rashmi Park Bungalow Complex
Waliv, Vasai East,
Thane Dist – 401 202
The initial mission ventures under the leadership of Fr. Romualdo and Fr. Gilbert faced various ups and downs till the Asal mission was realized. The mission superior, assistant and the Sisters of Pillar Association, stay in a rented house at Sodpur about 2 kilometers from Asal and oversee their mission works.
Khiloda P.O., Bhiloda Taluka
Sabarkantha Dist.,-383 250
Community: Fr. Agnelo Rodrigues (Superior)
Br. Francisco Rodrigues (Regency)
Apostolate: Pastoral, social, educational, medical.