St. Theresa's Church, Bandra
Towards the end of 1948, Archbishop of Bombay, Most Rev. Gracias, sent for Fr. George Prakash SVD who was in Bombay for his final year studies in Hindi and Sanskrit. He told Fr. Proksch: St. Theresa’s parish is orphaned by the death of Fr. Gomes and the new establishment is in need of a priest. Since SVD's were on the lookout for “fresh fields and new pastures, a transit station like Bombay was most welcome. Fr. Prakash conveyed to his then Superior, Fr. V. Zimmermann and it was agreed.
December 3, 1948 marks the beginning of SVD's mission activity in St. Theresa’s parish. It was on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, Apostle of the East, Fr. Proksch accompanied by Fr. Henry Remedios, vicar of St. Andrew’s church, visited the villages of Khar and Pali. Fr. Peter Braun stepped into the shoes of Fr. Proksch in February, 1951 and immediately set about the task of consolidating the spade work of Fr. Proksch.
Most of the work of supervision of the school building had been entrusted to the hard-
THE BIG DAY DAWNED ON OCTOBER 2, 1962 WHEN CARDINAL GRACIAS, ON THE EVE OF THE FEAST OF PATRONESS ST. THERESA, BLESSED AND CONSECRATED THE NEW CHURCH AMIDST MUCH REJOICING: A LANDMARK IN CHURCH ARCHITECTURE IN INDIA. FR. KEVIN O’TOOLE(1966-
FRS. THEOPHILUS GOMES GEORGE PROKSCH; PETER BROWN, JOHN HUEBNER; LEO KRZEMINSKI, KEVIN O’TOOLE; AUGUSTINE CHELLAMTHARA; ANTONY FURTADO; PETER VERHAELEN, SALVADORE SERRAO; ALOYSIUS D’SOUZA; CAETANO D’COSTA; BERLY PALLAN, BAPTIST PAIS.
NAMES OF ASSISTANTS:
JOACHIM MOCHA; FRANCIS HOENEN; JOHN PARTSCH; JOSEPH LOBUCHER; JOHN HUBNER; ARTHUR MAILN; KEVIN O’TOOLE; CLEMENT GODWIN; LEON JUNGBLUT; JOSEPH PUTHUMANA NALLORE; ANTONY FURTADO; KURIAN POTTANANAI; ALBERT NAZARETH; AUGUSTINE CHELLANTHARA; PHILIP KORAN; P. M. ISAAC; JERROME D’SOUZA; SCARIA K.J.; SYLVESTER REGO; CHARLES PINTO; CHARLES VAS; VARGHESE CHALAMANA; S. JESU; FRANCIS FERNANDES; BAPTIST PAIS; ANTONY KANNAMKULAM; SUNNY FRANCIS; JEROME D’SOUZA; JOSEPH M.T. LAWRENCE CORREA; VENANCE; RICHARD MATHIAS; ANTONY JOSEPH; MAHIPAL TOPPO; HENRY D’SOUZA; SANTHURAJ, SCRIA PANNACKAL, NICHALAS .
Over the years.....
The St. Theresa’s High School has grown from an ‘airconditioned’ bamboo walls and kerosene tin roof building to an imposing structure adding to the beauty of TPS III. The foundation stone of the School building was laid by His Eminence Valerian Cardinal Gracias on 3rd October, 1952. Due to land difficulties however, the work was resumed only in 1954, under the able supervision of Brother Damsus Pley SVD. In the year 1955 under the able guidance of Fr. Parch SVD as its first Principal, the school started with 118 pupils on roll. St. Theresa’s became a full fledged High School in 1961 when the first batch of students were sent up for SSC examinations. By 1963, all girls sections except Std. X and XI went over to Duruelo Convent. In 1968 under the guidance of Fr. Jungblutt, the then principal, a new extension to the school was added, which provided more classrooms and a hall for the parish.
When Fr. J, Partsch (1951-
Staff of St. Theresa's Church:
Jolly Mudakkampurath (Superior & Parish Priest)
Gopu Vinod Reddy