St Aloysius College bids ‘Adeiu’ to Fr Melwyn Lobo SJ & Welcomes Fr Vincent Pinto SJ as Finance Officer
Mangaluru: Time really files. And came the day of mixed feelings for the management and staff of St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru when they had bid goodbye to a most Humble, Experienced, Knowledgeable, “Finance Officer” Fr Melwyn Lobo SJ, who after a short period of six months of dedicated service has to leave on a new assignment, but not far, as Principal of St Aloysius Gonzaga School, Mangaluru, a yet another Jesuit Institution. And everyone had one thing to say was a BIG Thank You to Fr Melwyn for being the most friendly and humble around at St Aloysius College.
It means so much for many at St Aloysius that during a short tenure Fr Melwyn had dedicated his time listening to them and had poured out so much love through his interaction, participation in various activities/meetings, etc and just by being present in the many occasions at St Aloysius Institutions. He has touched so many hearts, and as just one man with only one life to live, but because of God’s love he had chosen to open his huge heart and live that life as shepherd of Aloysians; as both a servant and a leader. And that is the reason that all them miss him very dearly after a short span of tenure at St Aloysius as Finance Officer.
A Farewell and Welcome function for Fr Melwyn Lobo SJ-the Out-going Finance Officer, and Fr Vincent Pinto, SJ -the in-coming Finance Officer at St Aloysius College, respectively was held at Sanidhya Hall. The function began with invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song followed by welcome address by Principal, Rev Dr Praveen Martis, SJ who said that Fr Vincent Pinto, SJ, is a mature man, having lots of experience in the financial field. Fr Praveen Martis further said, “Today we are in a mixed feelings, because one finance officer is leaving, and another Finance Officer is joining us. Even though Fr Melwyn was with us for a short time, we will all cherish his service. I on behalf of everyone in the Aloysian family wish Him all success in his new post as Principal. We should be also happy to welcome Fr Vincent Pinto SJ, who is also a mature man, having lots of experience in the financial field”.
The Secretary of MJES, Fr Denzil W. Lobo, Dr A.M. Narahari, the Registrar and Miss Ashwitha Monteiro, a staff from the finance department, expressed their views about Fr. Melwyn Lobo. Rev. Dr Melwyn Pinto, SJ, Director or Radio Sarang conducted the prayer. Dr Alwyn D’sa, Director, Administrative Block compered the programme.
A small message from Yours Truly on behalf of Team Mangalorean to Fr Pradeep Sequeira SJ- “Dear Fr Melwyn, You bravely and self-sacrificially answered God’s call to be a shepherd to the flock. May you be very blessed for responding to the Almighty’s call to serve him with all your heart, soul and might. Your work has been appreciated by all, and may you continue to do your work in the same manner till you can. May you continue to have good health; May your days be spirit-filled with meaningful engagements and joy; May you be surrounded by peace and love; May you feel God’s loving embrace whenever you’re down; May the Holy Spirit guide you”. .
ABOUT FR VINCENT PINTO SJ:
Born on 23 January 1963 in Yekkar of Permude Parish near Bajpe, Mangaluru on 23 January 1963, Fr Vincent did his Primary Studies at St Francis Xavier Higher Primary School, Neerude; High School at Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple (SDPT) High School, Kateel; PUC at Pompei PU College, Talipady, near Kinnigoli. Pre-Novitiate at Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru in 1983; Novitiate at Mt St Joseph, Bengaluru in 1985; Juniorate at Beschi College, Dindigul in 1986; B.A. at St Aloysius College, Mangaluru; Philosophy at Jnana Deep Vidyapith, Pune in 1991; M.A. in History at Mangalore University, Konaje in 1993;
He later did his Regency 1 (1993 June -1994 April) at St Aloysius College, Mangaluru; Regency 2 (1993 June 1994 May) at St Joseph’s College, Jakhama, Nagaland; Regency 3 (1994 June -1995 May) at St Aloysius College, Mangaluru; Theology 1 (1995 June -1996 April) at Jnana Jyothi, Anekal; Regency 4 (1996 June -1997 May) at St Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru; Theology 2-4 (1997 June -2000 October) at Vidya Jyoti, Delhi and Diaconate Experience ( November –December 2000) at Kulshekar Parish, Mangaluru.
He was Ordained on 30 December 2000 in Altorium, St Aloysius college, Mangaluru; First Thanksgiving Mass at St John Baptist Church, Permude (Native Parish) on 01.01.2001; Pastoral Experience (2001 January -2001 April at Alangar Parish, Moodbidri Deanary, Mangalore Diocese; Teaching at St Aloysius College, St Aloysius PU College, and St Aloysius Evening College (2001 June -2004 July ); 2002 June to 2004 July-he became the First Director, St Aloysius College Ladies’ Hostel, Mangaluru; Tertianship -2004 August -2005 March – Pedro Arrupe Institute, Raia, Goa
He was the Principal of St Aloysius Evening College, Mangaluru-2005 May to 2010 April, and did his Final Vows on 01.11.2005 at St Aloysius Chapel. Fr Pinto has done his M.Phil. in History from Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu, 2008, and was the First Principal, Xavier’s PU College, Gulbarga (2010 June – 2011 April);
Coordinator of St Aloysius College, Community, Harihar (April 2011 to 10th May 2017), and then became the Principal, St Aloysius College, Harihar (May 2011 to 10th May 2017). He took over as Finance Officer of St Joseph’s Institutions, Bengaluru – May 2017 onwards, before he assumed his office as Finance Officer of St Aloysius College, Mangaluru on 9 May 2019.