Society of Pilar (S.F.X.)

Society of Pilar (Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier)

Founded in Goa: 1887 Reorganised: 1939

Brief Historical background:
The society of the missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, commonly known as the Society of Pilar, is an indigenous Society of Apostolate Life founded by Fr. Bento Martins in 1887. One of the members of the society, Ven Fr. Agnelo de Sousa, is close to be declared a saint. The society was re-organised in 1939 by six priests and two brothers. Today the members of the society are working in their missions all over India and Nepal, primarily among the tribal’s. The society is growing in size and number. Today, they have one bishop, 303 priests, 16 lay brothers and 91 professed scholastics. They are spread through 25 dioceses in India and abroad.

Superior General:
Generalate, Pilar Deepti Sadan, Institutional Zone, Alto – Porvorim, Goa 403 521. Tel: 2416922 / 2416933 Fax 2416911 Email:

Provincial superior:
Provincialate, Antonio C Pacheco Road, H N 427, Margao, Goa 403 601 Tel: 2703117 / 2701664