XAVERIAN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY
FR. AGNEL HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL – Pilar, Goa
Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School was started initially with Arts and Commerce streams by the late Fr. Philomeno D’Costa sfx in June 1979 to meet the demands of the time and the need of the youth from the neighbourhood. In the subsequent year, June 1980, the Science Stream was also started. Later, when vocationalization of Education was introduced for the first time in Goa as a central Govt Scheme, the Vocational Stream was also begun with four courses in C.T, AET, OSS, and INS. Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary is run under the aegis of Xaverian Educational Society, a duly registered society under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
It is a Catholic Institution administered under the minority right. It is an English medium school run by the Xaverian Educational Society and established by the Society of Pilar.
It admits students of all creed, caste, etc.Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School is established under the patronage of Venerable Fr. Agnelo De Souza, a saintly member of the Society of Pilar who lived a simple and holy life serving God and His fellow brethren.
- The School visualizes the formation of the youth, based on sound all round development with firm convictions in moral, human and social values.
- Our School Motto is “Always Higher”
- As an academic institution, our goal is to build up, well-equipped, skillful , honest, hardworking and disciplined citizens who will be able to think, analyse, act independently and be self- confident
- The school strives to make the educational content relevant to life so that attitudes, skills and the values preached and lived by Jesus our Lord who is a model for us and these values are inculcated in the students to make them better equipped to make the right choice in careers and to face life.
( Beyond the ordinary)
Ven Fr. Agnel D’souza
A humble, peace loving and inspiring member of the society of Pilar was born on 21 Janurary 1869 in the village of Anjuna, Goa. It was the feast of St. Agnes and for this reason the child was named Agnel meaning, a little lamb. He was the sixth child of his parents whom God blessed with 9 children – 8 boys and a girl.Agnel’s, father was Miguel Arcanjo Mariano de Souza and mother Maria Sinforosa Perpetua Magalhaes. Both his parents died when Agnel was a young boy, his father expired when Agnel was 11 and his mother when he was 13 years old.Agnel was a brilliant student, he began his studies in the Govt. primary school – Anjuna. He always came out with flying colours, topping his class. Later he completed 2 years of Latin language.Agnel started his philosophy and secured the highest marks in every examination. He began his theological studies in the Seminary of Rachol. He was a person of studious habits, he secured the much coveted and singular distinctin of “accessit” in his final year of theology. For 3 years Agnel taught Latin and Portuguese. Meanwhile his desire to be a missionary increased and he joined the Society of Pilar on 17th July 1897. He made his first profession as a member of the Society of Pilar, on the 22nd May 1898. He was ordained Priest on 24th September 1899.Fr. Agnel was a Pastor, Preacher, Confessor and Spritual Guide. His legacy – living a holy examplary life. Fr. Agnel was deeply sensitive to the spritual and material needs of his brethern. He was a Saintly Preacher, he lived what he preached. His very appearance was a living sermon. He was God-filled , a God-lived, a God-loved, a God shared and a God -served life. He lived the values of Jesus the Master. Just like a candle, he burnt himself to give light to others.He fell through the pulpit while preaching on the Vespers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the next morning he died on 20th November 1927. All God seekers find in him a man gripped by God, touched by God, elevated by God. He is a model for his brethern and their intercessor before God in their needs, sufferings, sickness, failures, troubles and difficulties.
Sayings of Ven. Fr. Agnelo
“Trust in God and rest like a dog at the feet of his master”.
“It is not the clothing that honour the man but his virtues”.
“If we want to draw a profit from our body we have to keep it under the yoke and under the rod”.
“Our devotions must be disinterested and not like that of the pagans who only care for the worldly interests”.
“It is difficult to love this world and to save our souls.”
“One who lives according to the rule, lives according to God”.
“One who fulfils his duties faithfully is on the way to perfection”.
“Without continual divine breathing, we would be reduced to nothing”.
“We ought to be saints to attain our goal”.
“In order to become a saint one must suffer much and talk little”.
“By amusing ourselves we cannot reach heaven, the saints were not fools to do penance.
“One must not leave off a good action on account of the criticism of others”.
“Each time we go to confession, we should consider it to be the last in our life”.
“Our willingness to pray, to do good works, and to become virtuous, are gifts of God”.
“We ought to obey our Superiors, even if they were of wood”.
“It is difficult to love this world and to save our soul”.
Late Rev. Fr. Philomeno D’Costa sfx founded Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School in June 1979
|Fr. Allan Noronha, sfx||1998 to 2007-08|
|Fr. Randal Baretto, sfx||2007-08 to 2008-09|
|Fr. Anthony Silva, sfx||2009-10 to 2013-14|
|Fr. Andrew Silveira, sfx||2013-14|
|Fr. Anthony Silva, sfx||2014-15 onwards|
|Late Rev. Fr. Philomeno D’Costa sfx||June 1979 to 1993|
|Late Rev. Fr. Agnelo Noronha sfx||June 1993 to 1998|
|Rev. Fr. Richard Couto sfx||June 1998 to May 2001|
|Rev. Fr. Carlos Fernandes sfx||1st June 2001 to 15th May 2005|
|Rev. Fr. Frank Mendes sfx||16th May 2005 to 15th May 2010|
|Rev. Fr. Carlos Fernandes sfx||16th May 2010 to 30th June 2014|
|Rev. Fr. Andrew Silveira sfx||1st July 2014 onwards|
Fr. Agnel in heaven a celebrity
lived in simplicity and humility
served God and all humanity.
With great love and charity!
Fr. Agnel bright star of Pilar
Your faith in God so stellar
Fr. Agnel help us we pray
To learn and grow each day!
Make us useful and dutiful
Always generous and grateful
Making everything beautiful
Ever true to Him and faithful
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous
teach me to love and serve you
as you deserve
to give and not to count the cost
to fight and not to heed the wounds
to toil and not to seek for rest
to labour and to look for no reward
save that of knowing
that I do your Holy Will.
Students Council 2015-16