Fr Richard's Visit to Goa and Sri Lanka
Fr Richard was privileged to visit Goa and Sri Lanka in the first two weeks of January. There were three main reasons for the visit: to encourage a group of priests who want to refound the Oratory in Goa; to represent the Oratorian Confederation at the Canonisation of St Joseph Vaz who was a founding member of that community and went on to become the Apostle of Sri Lanka; finally to take part - with hundreds of thousands of others - in the exposition of the relics of St Francis Xavier. The body of this great Jesuit Missionary saint is exposed for veneration every ten years and still inspires enormous devotion among Catholics - and members of other faiths - across India and further east. Family members from our Goan community in York made him very welcome. Here is a link to an article he wrote about St Francis Xavier and St Joseph Vaz, and a few photographs. York now feels very cold!
With Fr Mario Aviles, the Procurator of the Confederation of the Oratory outside the sacristy on the beach and with Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao the Archbishop of Goa; St Joseph Vaz's birthplace, Benaulim, Goa; the former house and church of the Goa Oratory, India; the procession of the relics; and the shrine of St Francis Xavier in the Jesuit Church of Bom Jesus.