Birth Date : 29 May 1972
Ordained Priest : 14 May 2003
Joined the Vicariate : 9 December 2009
E-mail: gaspar4cap - at - gmail.com
Fr. Gaspar was born on 29th May 1972, in Mumbai and was baptised shortly after, at Gloria Church, Byculla.
He grew up in Goa. He did his Priestly studies in Goa, Mangalore, Bangalore and Mysore.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Mysore University.
He made his final profession on 12th May, 2001. On 14th May, 2003, he was ordained Priest of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (OFM Cap.) by Bishop (now, Archbishop) Filip Neri Ferrao at his parish church of St. Thomas, Aldona, Bardez, Goa.
Soon after his ordination, Father was assigned to Monte De Guirim, where he helped in the boarding school till 2006.
On 2nd May, 2006, Father Gaspar was sent to the Vicariate Apostolic of Arabia, where he served as Assistant Parish Priest in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Doha, Qatar until 6th Dec, 2009.
Father Gaspar joined the Vicariate of Kuwait on 9th Dec, 2009.
He was Parish Priest of the Holy Family Cathedral Parish in Kuwait City from 22nd January 2010 till 19th October 2012.
On 19th October 2012, Father Gaspar transferred to the Parish of Our Lady of Arabia, Ahmadi, where he presently serves as Asst. Parish Priest (See: Letter of Appointment below).
On 7th October 2012, H.L. Bishop Camillo appointed Father Gaspar as Procurator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia (See: Letter of Appointment below).
Father Gaspar celebrates Mass in 5 languages: KOREAN, SPANISH, URDU, KONKANI AND ENGLISH.
LETTERS OF APPOINTMENT
APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF NORTHERN ARABIA
(Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia)
Prot. N.: 108/2012
Date: 06 October 2012
Rev. Fr. Gaspar Fernandes
Holy Family Cathedral
Reverend and dear Fr. Gaspar,
Peace of the Lord!
Finally, after so many requests from your part, the time has come for you to leave the responsibility as Parish Priest of the Cathedral in Kuwait. You know that it has never been my intention to take this decision because I appreciated very much your involvement in that difficult task.
I want here to thank you sincerely and deeply for your ministry. You have given to the Cathedral a new spirit and a new face. People knew that you were always available for them at any moment, and this is a very important point for a Parish Priest.
I thank you also for your practical and precious help for the material needs of the Cathedral and of the priests' community there. Your great generosity is known and very much appreciated by all. So, it is with some reluctance that I release you from the charge as Parish Priest of the Cathedral in Kuwait starting from 19 October 2012.
Now, you are going to Ahmadi as Assistant Parish Priest. The Bishop's Council has a great trust in you and that you shall help for a better communion among the priests in Ahmadi. You shall help for a more sharing of responsibilities in the parish and in the house. Your joyful character and your goodwill are two precious gifts which enhance a sincere brotherhood with all.
Thanks again for your service and your obedience. May God reward you abundantly as he does with those who seek only His love and mercy.
Saint Francis and all the Capuchin saints accompany you in your new ministry.
Yours most devotedly,
(Signed and Sealed)
+ Camillo Ballin, mccj
Fr. Mathews K. F., ocd, Vicar General
Fr. Varghese Chempoly, ofm cap, Vice-Provincial of Arabia
Fr. Alfredo Micua, ofm cap, Parish Priest of Ahmadi
Fr. Ramon Atanacio, ofm cap, appointed Parish Priest of the Cathedral