About Us



Our History

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.



Our Vision

  1. The School visualizes the formation of the youth, based on sound all     round development with firm convictions in moral, human and social values.
  2. Our School Motto is “Always Higher”
  3. 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
  4. 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.


Our Patron



Our Patron – Fr. Agnelo D’Souza

( 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”.


Our Founder

Late Rev. Fr. Philomeno D’Costa sfx founded Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School in June 1979


Our Managers Down Memory Lane


Managers Period
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


Our Principals Down Memory Lane


Principals Period
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


Hymn to our Patron


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


School Prayer

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


Our Staff