Fr. Kenneth Mendes death – obituary : Fr. Kenneth Mendes 87, has passed away at Clergy Home, Bandra on the 8th September 2021.
Fr. Kenneth was loved and adored by his colleagues, friends and members of his congregation. He was a Priest at The Archdiocese of Bombay. As a young Seminarian, he was devoted and dedicated to doing the Lord’s work, he was a smart and intelligent man and it was no surprise when he got his ordination into the priest hood on 21st December 1961.
Reverend Father Mendes was a good man, he loved sports and enjoyed listening to music, jazz music was one gerne of music he enjoyed listening to. He had served at the Archdiocese for many years and was well respected.
Cause of death:
the circumstances surrounding the actual cause of death of Rev. father Kenneth Mendes was not made available as at the time of writing this report.
Brief history of The Archdiocese of Bombay:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay is a Latin particular church of the Roman Catholic Church in western India’s state of Maharashtra. The archdiocese has been a Metropolitan since its elevation by Pope Leo XIII on 1 September 1886.
During The Pre-Portuguese Era
Our earliest historical reference to Christianity in Bombay (now, Mumbai) comes from a Greek merchant, Cosmas Indicopleustes. He writes about a community of Christians in Kalyan served by a Bishop appointed in Persia in the 6th Century. In 1321, we have the letter of a French Friar, Jordanus of Sèvèrac, regarding the martyrdom of his companions Franciscans of the Friars Minor – priests Thomas of Tolentino, James of Padua, Peter of Sienna and, a lay brother and linguist, Demetrius of Tiflis, ‘on the Thursday before Palm Sunday in Thana of India.’
1520 to 1637:
The Coming of the Portuguese
In 1534, the same year as the Archdiocese of Goa was founded, the Portuguese took control of the territories of Bassein (Vasai), Salsette, Thana and the Bombay (now Mumbai) group of islands. Missionaries accompanied the conquering fleets to serve as chaplains. They further, fanned out into the countryside evangelising, gathering communities and providing for their spiritual sustenance. Just a few years before this, at the southernmost reach of the present Archdiocese, the first Portuguese Churches sprang up in Chaul (today’s Revdanda). The Franciscans were the first Religious Order to make its presence felt in Bassein and its surrounding territories.
1979 to 1996:
The Archdiocese under the Leadership of Simon Cardinal Pimenta
1979: The Freedom Of Religion Bill
The ‘Freedom of Religion Bill,’ was introduced in Parliament by Mr. O.P. Tyagi, a Janata Party MP, on December 22, 1978. The Bill, aimed at preventing conversions by force, inducement or fraud. However, it rendered genuine conversions as illegal given the wide ambit of the bill. A campaign to challenge the bill was organized all over the country. In Bombay, Christians from Maharashtra protested against it on March 29, 1979 in a rally organized by the Maharashtra Christian Forum. The bill soon fell in disfavour and was withdrawn, with the fall of the government.
1997 to 2006:
The Archdiocese under the Leadership of Ivan Cardinal Dias
1997: Induction of the new Archbishop
Archbishop Ivan Dias was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Bombay on March 13, 1997. He was the third Indian Archbishop. He chose ‘Servus’ as his episcopal motto, an indication of his understanding of his ministry as “servant of the Lord” and of his staunch devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, “the handmaid of the Lord.”
2006 – present:
The Archdiocese under the Leadership of Oswald Cardinal Gracias
2006: Mumbai’s New Archbishop: Oswald Gracias
Archbishop Oswald Gracias was appointed by the Holy Father as the tenth Archbishop of Bombay on October 14, 2006. He is the fourth Indian Archbishop. He was installed at the Holy Name Cathedral in the presence of the Holy Father’s representative, His Excellency Pedro Lopez Quintana. At a public reception, that followed, he addressed the priests, religious men and women, lay people, youth and women outlining his vision for the church in Mumbai.
We pray for Fr Kenneth and the bereaved members of his family.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Fr. Kenneth Mendes.