Simeon Anthony Pereira

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His Grace

Simeon Anthony Pereira
Archbishop of Karachi
ChurchRoman Catholic
In office1993 – 2002
PredecessorJoseph Cordeiro
SuccessorEvarist Pinto
Ordination24 August 1951
Personal details
Born(1927-10-19)October 19, 1927
Sukkar, Pakistan
DiedAugust 22, 2006(2006-08-22) (aged 78)
Previous postBishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi

Simeon Anthony Pereira (19 October 1927, Sukkur, British India - 22 August 2006, Karachi) was a former Archbishop of Karachi.[1]

He was educated at St Patrick's High School, Karachi.[2] He received his religious training at the Papal Seminary, Kandy, Sri Lanka and was ordained a priest on 24 August 1951. He first worked as secretary to Franciscan Archbishop James Cornelius van Miltenburg of Karachi,[3] and Chaplain to the Sisters and flock at Manora.

His next posting was Father-in charge of the Don Bosco Boarding for boys in Karachi. In 1952, he proceeded to Quetta as assistant rector of St. Pius X Minor Seminary. A few years later, he was appointed Parish Priest of Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Old Haji Camp. His next appointment was as Parish Priest of Saint John's Church, Drigh Road, Karachi.[4]

Following the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council, he worked with Father Liberius, a scholar and linguist, to introduce Urdu into the liturgy.

On 3 July 1971 Pope Paul VI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. On 17 December 1973 he was appointed Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi. He was bishop of Rawalpindi for nearly 20 years. On 22 Mar 1993 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi. He succeeded Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro as Archbishop of Karachi on 11 Feb 1994 and retired from that office on 20 November 2002.[5]

He celebrated the silver jubilee of his episcopal ordination on October 4, 1996, with a bilingual Mass concelebrated with retired Franciscan Bishop Bonaventure Patrick Paul.[6]

After retiring in November 2002, he served as pastor of St. Thomas Church in Malir and as chaplain of the Dominican nuns at the Monastery of the Angels in Landhi.[7]

He has also been president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan.[8]

Archbishop Simeon Pereira died on August 22, 2006.[9]


  1. ^ Simon Pereira Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  2. ^ June 5, 2005 The Indian Express
  3. ^ "Karachi Archdiocese Golden Jubilee".
  4. ^ Dawn August 24, 2006
  5. ^ "Catholic Hierarchy".
  6. ^ " October 24, 1996".
  7. ^ "Lahore Archdiocese Bids Fond Farewell To Two Pakistani Clergymen, November 8, 2006".
  8. ^ "Pakistani Christians".
  9. ^ "Daily Times, August 24, 2006".