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Founder of the Archdiocese of Bhopal fondly remembered


Archbishop Most Rev. Leo Cornelio along with many priests, religious and laity remembered very fondly the Late Archbishop Eugene D’ Souza, the founder of the diocese and prayed for the departed soul at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Jehangirabad on his 16th Death Anniversary.

Late Archbishop Most Rev. Eugene D’ Souza was born on 15 November 1917. Later he became the Archbishop of Bhopal in 1963 since then the diocese of Bhopal gradually began to be developed with many institutions, churches and religious personals. He gave his last breath on 18 March 2003. In his address to the people, Archbishop Leo Cornelio SVD said that the late bishop was loved by young and old and asked the people to follow the example of Bishop Eugene by doing their duty without expecting the reward. We are called to do the best of our ability so that God can do the rest. Bishop Eugene remained a bridge to connect the Church and the people he continued.

Fr. Maria Stephen, the PRO said that Late Archbishop Eugene was intelligent and down to the earth who remains in the heart of all. His soft skills on relationship brought the people together from far and wide and made known the Mission of the Church in the diocese.  

The Parish choir for the Holy Mass was led by brothers from SVD Vidya Bhavan. Fr. Michael Sebastian thanked everyone for their presence at the end of the Holy Mass followed by blessing of the tomb of late Archbishop Eugene. The word on his tomb is read: ‘A beautiful life that came to an end. He died as he lived, everyone’s friend, in our hearts a memory  will always be kept of the one who loved and will never forget’.