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Special Postal Cover and Special Cancellation - St. Peter's Church Bandra

Release of First Day Cover for 160 years of St. Peter's Church 2013

On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of St. Peter's Church Bandra, a special postal cover and special cancellation was released by the Postmaster General in the presence of Bishop John Rodrigues (Stanislite) on 28th September 2013. Copies of the special postal cover are available at the Parish Office.

Thanks to alumnus Major L.G. Fonseca, the designs and permissions were received in the shortest time possible.






Some nostalgic memories on this Teachers Day 2013

Fr. Anthony Casale SJ

Fr. Anthony Casale was our Principal, Geography teacher and a Geologist to the core. He was the  kindest and the most gentle of Principals we had, but his love for a boring subject like Geography and inert stones was not only baffling, it was a mystery to most of us in those days.  Although we did not know the importance of Geology then, today in the context of tsunamis and earthquakes it is important to have a thorough knowledge of rock formation and rock structure before design and erection of any structure. He had single handedly collected some rare rock specimens and the school has rightly honored him by displaying them in a small museum. 

Given a choice between the punishment (caning) then meted out to us by the Asst. Principal Fr. Aleu and Principal Fr. Casale, our boys would certainly prefer Fr. Casale. There was trick in taking his punishment, the more you shouted or screamed loudly, Fr. would be more gentle and tender in his subsequent strokes of caning and thus one would escape punishment very lightly. He was like a shepherd leading and guiding a flock of sheep. Gone but certainly not forgotten lives in our heart and minds

SSESA Independence Day Football 2013


Independence Day was celebrated with the usual National fervor at St. Stanislaus High School with the unfurling of the National Flag and singing of the National Anthem at 7.30am on 15th August 2013. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Dr. Marie Fernandes, Principal of St. Andrew’s College.

To commemorate our Independence Day the Inter Jesuit alumni football tournament was held once again at our school between alumni who were fierce rivals in years gone by.  This year’s participants were St. Mary’s ICSE “A” and “B”, Holy Family (Chakala) “A” and “B” and St. Stanislaus.

This year also saw the inauguration of the SSESA Independence Day Rolling Trophy that will be dedicated each year to an alumnus of the participating teams. This year’s dedication was William Neelankavil of Holy Family Chakala who played in last year’s tournament and died tragically in a railway accident earlier this year.

The football was clean but fierce. The bouts of heavy rain made the playing conditions difficult. The young Holy Family “A” team surprised everyone with some delightful two touch football and easily reached the finals where they met the Holy Family “B” team. The final was closely contested with the Holy Family “B” team matching their seniors move for move. The match ended in a draw and extra time did not break the deadlock.  Penalties finally settled the match where Holy Family “A” won a really close match.

Tribute to Fr. Valero Aleu SJ on his 13th Death Anniversary


Remembering a visionary Spanish missionary, who came to India and left a huge imprint on the school,  the countless pupils and the people whose lives he touched. Despite being a foreigner, not only did he do his masters in Hindi but mastered the language to teach us. We are so blessed and grateful to have such a dedicated teacher, vice principal & principal (1961-82)   He died on 26th July 2000 and was interred at Sant Cugat, Barcelona, Spain.

Those were the days when communication from abroad was difficult and not easy. The news of his father’s death was received by him when he was teaching in a class and that too after three days.

Truly an apostle on earth with a message that education is not just preparation for life but education is life itself, that education is not just filling, but the lighting of a fire. Some of his words “Listen! Listen!  After so many decades, still keep on ringing in our ears. 

Contributed by Ex- Stanilsite
Pramod Mankar
Class of 1967

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Stanislite John Rodrigues appointed Auxiliary Bishop

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John Rodrigues (Class of 1982) was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Mumbai on May 15 2013 by Pope Francis and consecrated on 29 June 2013. He is Dean of studies at St. Pius X College in Goregaon since 2011. He is assigned to the Titular See of Deulto

John is the youngest of three brothers (all priests and Stanislites) Savio (Class of 1979) and Luke (Class of 1981).

SSESA Lonavla Picnic 2013


More than 50 Stanislites both young and old came together to enjoy a weekend of fun at the SSESA Ex-students picnic from May 31st to June 1st 2013 in the serenity of St. Stanislaus Villa, Lonavla.

From the moment booking opened for the annual weekend get-away, young and old ex-Stanislites were already there scrambling to get their favorite rooms.

There were games or just chilling, good food and great company as this group of Stanislites re-kindled old friendships and made new ones as this yearly sojourn allowed an opportunity for all to re-connect with nature.

It is unbelievable that even after decades of serving numerous groups, ‘Stanislaus Villa’ still stands warm and welcoming among pristine woods. A breath of fresh air indeed! The flavours of Mumbai, Goa and Lonavala blended in the food, jokes, games, songs, ‘spirits’ and prayer. We had it all, from a swim, bonfire, derby, karaoke, tele-games to plenty of walks, chats, laughter and refreshing rest. Those who were there for the first time were already checking the booking-date for next-year’s picnic.

Thanks to Denzil Rego and family who conducted this years picnic ably supported by Agnelo Netto, Pervez Motafram, Dominic & Sheila Fernandes and Stan & Celine Lewis.

This SSESA sojourn will be savored for a very long time



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