Goa-based yogi priest was guided by Mother Teresa

September 6, 2016 by  
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Panaji, September 6, 2016: Fr Joe Pereira, founder of Kripa Foundation that revolutionized the entire concept of rehabilitation for chemical dependency and HIV/AIDS, received much guidance from Mother Teresa. The priest is also an Iyengar yoga proponent.

Fr Pereira was among the few priests from India who concelebrated Mother Teresa’s historic canonization mass along with Pope Francis in Rome, on Sept 4.

He recalls the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council in 1971, when the Catholic Church was witnessing crisis and many new reforms were bringing in radical change among the clergy and lay people. At the time, Pereira was a young priest, hardly four years into the ministry of the priesthood.

“Within four years of my ordination six of my fellow priests quit priesthood and got married, celibacy being the major problem facing clergy at that time. I, too, wished to quit priesthood since two of my close colleagues committed suicide. But, providentially I met Mother Teresa,” he says.

Pereira asked her to pray over him. She told him she would not pray over a priest. Instead she held his hands and walked him into her chapel where she said a prayer with him.

“I broke down like a child. Mother said to me after the prayer ‘Don’t think of quitting…Jesus needs you…it may take a long time…even ten years!’ That was truly prophetic, for exactly ten years later I got the inspiration to start Kripa Foundation,” says Fr Pereira.

Mother Teresa inaugurated Kripa Foundation in Vasai in 1994 and handed over the Boy’s Town orphanage in Gangarampur, North 24 Parganas district, Kolkata, to Kripa Foundation. She also had the Italian Consul inaugurate the facility. “Her visits to Bhivandi, a town devastated by communal violence in 1984, and then to Dharavi in 1991, were deeply touching. She walked in the midst of groups of people while their houses were on fire, carrying helpless children and calling for peace and love amidst people of all communities,” he recalls.

Her greatest gift to Pereira as a priest was her sense of “total dependence on the loving providence of God. Even though there was no food on some days, even for her own nuns, their faith and prayer would miraculously make things happen and both nuns and inpatients would get their ‘daily bread’,” says Fr Pereira.

One of the largest NGOs working in the field of rehabilitation of drug addicts, alcoholics and HIV/AIDS, with 65 facilities in 11 states and six countries, including a de-addiction centre at Anjuna, Kripa Foundation has helped many turn their lives around and become productive members of society.

– times of india

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