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Mumbai: International Preacher Fr Rufus Pereira No More


Ancy Palladka
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai

Mumbai, May 4: Well known Catholic charismatic preacher, vice-president of International Association of Exorcists passed away in London on Thursday May 3.

Fr Rufus Pereira performed exorcisms worldwide and has been the catalyst in bringing lay people into the deliverance ministry and the Catholic Church's closer cooperation with such groups.

In 1994 he was selected as vice president of the International Association of Exorcists which was started in 1993, and in 1995 initiated the International Association for the Ministry of Deliverance.

Fr Rufus Pereira was the man of self respect in the world of Christianity.

There seems no end to Church's woes as far as ‘Fathers own country’ is concerned. After ex-nun Sister Sandra tell-all book on the dark side of the convent life, it's now the turn of a former priest to expose what he claims ‘sexual anarchy among the clergy and the faithful’.

The book, 'Here is the heart of a Priest',Fr Rufus Pereira, who left the Vincentian congregation after 11 years, is autobiographical and slams the ‘indulgent and licentious life-style of a section of the clergy’.

Fr Rufus Pereira’s priestly vocation began in his family and parish in Bandra, India. However his first personal experience of the Catholic charismatic renewal was on Pentecost Sunday in 1972 – at the renewal’s beginning in India. Since then he has worked extensively in renewal and world evangelism ministries.

He has been editor of ‘Charisindia’, the national charismatic monthly, director of the National Charismatic Bible College and continued to be visiting post-graduate scripture professor at a Pontifical Theological Institute. In 1994 he was selected as vice president of the newly started International Association of Exorcists, Rome and in 1995 initiated the International Association for the Ministry of Deliverance.

He joined the ICCRS council in 1997 and represented Asia and the healing and deliverance ministries.


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  • olli,

    Sun, Oct 21 2012

    He was here in kuching,sarawak.east malaysia from 11/05 -13/05/11 for talks n healing...i was there for the healings ...very sad to hear that but i know he is in heaven now...

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  • Michael, Mumbai

    Mon, May 21 2012

    Father Rufus was responsible for Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in India, I have attended many outreach programmers conducted by CCR. I was there for his funeral which has held on 19th May at St. Andrews school ground, May be because many people were not aware of the timings there was crowd of apprx 3000 to 4000.

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  • Lorna, Mumbai

    Tue, May 15 2012

    We are terribly grieved at the passing away of Fr Rufus Pereira.A living saint indeed. My family is indebted to him as he was always there for us when we were in trouble In fact Fr Rufus prayed over my son during most of his healing services in different places .My son had a massive stroke in july 2009 .It was Fr Rufus who prayed and his healing has been taking place since then .The day before he left India we met him at his house and he prayed over my family members.Little did we know that we would never meet him again. We will miss him immensely .May god grant him eternal rest and may his soul rest in peace

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  • Mr. Gloria Furtado, Soncrem, P.O. Siroda, Goa-403 103.

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Fr.Rufus Pereira's editorial in Charisindia enriched the faith of all those who sought to delve into the depth of truth for the salvation of soul (immortality of soul i.e. to be in the presence of God after our death as preached by all) and he always stressed and prompted to all of us that we are under constant watchful eyes of Our Creator. In other words, he meant to focus our attention that God can always see all of us but our physical eyes, have limitation due to our sinful nature of life in this present earthly life. He was led by the Holy Spirit to cast out evil spirits and hence the devil's agents hated him on one pretext or other in very sophisticated manner and tried their level best to keep him off to show God's miraculous power among the tormented people, especially in Goa. But now he is in much better position in the presence of the Omnipotent God to deliver His blessings on the needy sinners than ever before. He pointed out that Man of God has always made to suffer humiliation before evil men by the superficial and with external mask of piety professed before hypocrites. He personified invisible devil and his diabolic works before men. He proved God's power over evil one with his various testimonies, opening eyes of those who deny the existence of devil in the world. Lord God give us more priests and lay persons who will walk in the footprints of Fr. Rufus Pereira to work for the greater glory of God, more especially among lukewarm Christians. He proved on several occasions that the grain neutral alcoholic spirit and Holy Spirit will never go together. Divine stimulant (Holy Spirit) is more important than worldly stimulant like alcohol, drugs, etc. to temporary and ruinous short lived happiness. Through the Power of the Rosary Prayers, the angels and saints were at his disposal to expel numerous evil spirits from the tormented people's life. Finally we should not only appreciate the good work done by him but continue to do a similar work by all of us.

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  • Dominic, Mumbai

    Sat, May 12 2012

    The quality of this reporting is rather shocking and shameful.
    Here we are mourning the death of a good man, who brought many in India and abroad to Christ. And yet this occassion has been used to feed untruths and issues not concerning the article at all - a) Fr Rufus was not a Vincentian b) the book they mention was not written by him. c) It is shameful on your part to slip in all these falsehoods and also irrelevant information about Sr. Sandra.
    In fact Fr Rufus has always exercised Holy Obedience, even shunning great positions in Rome because his bishop required his services in Mumbai. I thank God for Fr. Rufus and his wonderful ministry.

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  • VIRGINIA FERNANDES, THANE

    Fri, May 11 2012

    I am very sorry to hear that Fr,.Rufus is no more. I thought of him on his birthday 1st May which would be celebrated by the students of St. Pius the xth Mulund when Fr. Clifton was the Principal. Fr. Rufus can be cananised a Saint for his good works like Mother Teresa. May his Soul rest in peace . You are near to Jesus pl interceed for me through the Holy Spirit. Thank you Fr. Rusuf for the great work that you have done .

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  • Denis Daniel, Jabalpur

    Fri, May 11 2012

    I had heard a lot about Fr. Rufus and his exploits in the 50s. Then lost touch till the news of his sad demise appeared in the press. May the courage, hard work and genius of this extraordinary priest be a shining example for generations to come!

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  • Carissa Martin, Secunderabad/India

    Wed, May 9 2012

    THANK YOU LORD FOR FOR THE GIFT OF FATHER RUFUS AND HIS WONDERFUL MINISTRY HE TOUCHED MILLIONS OF LIVES AROUND THE WORLD BOTH YOUNG AND OLD,BISHOPS AND CARDINALS,.HE WENT ABOUT HEALING AND LIBERATING THOSE WHO WERE SICK AND IN BONDAGE HE WAS A LIVING EXAMPLE OF CHRIST' TEACHING . HE TRAVELLED AROUND MANY COUNTRIES AND WORKED DAY AND NIGHT TO TELL THE PEOPLE THAT JESUS LOVES HEALS AND IS ALIVE.THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL IS THANKFUL TO THE PIONEER FOR HIS BLESSINGS. THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE GIFT OF FATHER RUFUS TO THE CHURCH

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  • Mathew Jpseph, Bangalore

    Tue, May 8 2012

    I'm shocked by the poor reporting - Fr Rufus was not a Vincentian and the book they mention was not written by him. It is a dishonor to him to put in all these falsehoods and irrelevant information about Sr. Sandra. Fr. Rufus was never a Vincentian. The writers have gotten it all mixed up with another priest. Anyway I thank God for Fr. Rufus and his wonderful ministry.

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  • Michael Noronha, Mysore

    Tue, May 8 2012

    Fr Rufus Pereira, a Royal Priest of God and a chosen one to serve His people, was in Mysore two years ago and I was fortunate to meet him and seek his blessings. His editorial in Charisindia is a great inspiration to the reader and to this broken world. We will miss him but rejoice that we have an intercessor for us before our Lord and Saviour Jesus. May His Soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Jeannette Keller, Deutschland/Hettingen

    Mon, May 7 2012

    Dear Fr. Rufus Your soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to all family members. I thanks God for Padre Rufus I learned a many of Inner Healing and for the Ministry of Deliverance. I learned this in Germany Hochaltingen in 1999. and also in Polen.
    Also heartfelt condolences from Fr. Joachim Korbacher from Germany. I am his hauswife.We will be in our hearts.We miss you.

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  • IVAN RODRIGUES, Mumbai/london

    Sun, May 6 2012

    Fr.Rufus,
    YOU WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN MY RENEWAL , YOU HAVE RUN RACE TILL THE FINISH LINE , GOD HAS PREPARED A MANSION HEAVEN , ENJOY WITH THE ANGELS AND SAINTS AND PRAY FOR INDIA AND ALL THE CATHOLICS IN PARTICULAR.

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  • joyce gonsalves, malla-bandra

    Sun, May 6 2012

    Kindly accept my sincere condolences on the bereavement of dear Fr.Rufus Pereira. May his soul rest in peace!

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  • lorna gonsalves, bandra-mumbai

    Sun, May 6 2012

    i wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Fr. Rufus's grieved fly. My sorrows mingle with yours.
    May his soul rest in peace.

    We miss you Fr.Rufus!

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  • DOMINIC.RODRIGUES, HYDERABAD

    Sun, May 6 2012

    heart felt condolences to all the family members.Esp our christan community. May his soul rest in peace

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  • RTN MICHAEL MATHIAS SHIRVA ROTARY, PILAR SHIRVA

    Sun, May 6 2012

    please accept our heart felt condolences.may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Pavol Lajciakk, Ruzomberok, Slovakia

    Sun, May 6 2012

    Thank you father Rufus for you visit of Slovakia.

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  • Serena DSilva, Mira Road

    Sat, May 5 2012

    I am shocked and shaken to hear this news!I have been trying to contact him last few weeks but realised that he must be travelling overseas on his ministry. Its difficult for me to believe that he is no more just when I had decided to reach out to him. May God grant him an eternal reward for his goodness on this earth.

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  • Ronald D'silva & Fly, St. Pius Parish Mulund / Mumbai

    Sat, May 5 2012

    Heartfelt condolences to all his family members. May his soul rest in peace. He has blessed our new home when he was a parish priest in Mulund and was surprised to see about 150 odd people for house warming. We last we got his blessings when he had come to our parish and held a special prayer for all in our church. Dear Father we all will miss you a lot......

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  • FLORA DSOUZA, KALMADY (JERIMERI-MUMBAI)

    Sat, May 5 2012

    Fr. Rufus, a Priest for ever!! A well known preacher and the Healer through follower of Jesus who follow his ways and kept His precepts. Many benefited by his powerful healing & deliverance service. We will miss you dear Father, you will be in our hearts.

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  • carlos, Brazil

    Sat, May 5 2012

    Que Deus acolha esse grande servo do Senhor que é o Padre Rufus e levante mais homens como ele, temente à Deus e com disposição de levar aonde fosse necessário o Evangelho do Senhor Jesus e o Amor de Deus.

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  • VINCENT CASTELINO & FLY., Pernal / Mumbai

    Fri, May 4 2012

    Heartfelt condolences to all family
    members. May his soul rest in peace. I knew him personally since he was the ex parish priest of St. Pius X Church,Mulund West, Mumbai.Both my children were baptized by him. He was always a man of "simplicity" & "Integrity".

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