About Us


Venerable Fr. AgneloDe Souza was born on the 21st January 1869, in one of the most beautiful and picturesque village named Anjuna in Goa.Fr. Agnelo joined the Society of Pilar as a candidate on 17th July 1897, was ordained deacon on 18th December 1897 and was conferred priesthood on 24th September 1899.

Fr. Agnelo was a man of strong faith and a zealous Priest.As kid he was an inspiring and exemplary child among his colleagues in the school. At the early age he knew the basic teachings and prayers of the Catholic Church and taught the same to other children. As a priest he worked in several places in the Portuguese jurisdiction, serving the poor and marginalized. When the Society was on the verge of extinction, he had the courage and faith to make a prophetic statement, “The Society will not die, and the finger of God is here”. Since then the Society of Pilar has grown tremendously. Above all,Fr. Agnelo was a fiery preacher and much sought after for his ministry in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Because of his profound spiritual life and insights he was appointed Spiritual Director of the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol, Goa.

An ardent lover and preacher of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr. Agnelo having preached all the novenas, was giving his final sermon to the seminarians towards the devotion to the Sacred Heart, from a high pulpit, on 19th November 1927, when he collapsed in the pulpit. He died next morning. At his death people exclaimed. “Today a saint has died.”Fr. Agnelo is ineeded a saint. Immediately after his death devotion abounded and spread far and wide. Today hundreds & thousands of people all over the world are blessed through his intercession. He was declared “Venerable” by Pope Paul II, and we await and pray eagerly that he may be officially declared “Blessed” soon. His life motivates everyone to strive for holiness and stand for truth.


Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier alias the ‘Society of Pilar’ is an indigenous Indian Catholic Organization, founded in Goa in 1887 by Rev. Fr. Bento Martins a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Goa Daman and Diu. The aim of the Society is to share the Good Newsof true human well-being as proclaimed by Jesus Christ. Initially, the activity of its members was confined to the boundaries of Goa and its surrounding areas. However, in 1939, the Society received a new thrust and vitality, and from then on its members ventured to work far and wide in different parts of India, zealously spreading the Gospel values. One of the focuses of the Society’s work has been in the field of education.

Today the Society of Pilar has about 60 Residential Units and counts about 356 members working in several parts of India from Jammu in the North to Chennai in the South, from Gujarat and Mumbai in the West to far–off Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the East, and even abroad. The Society runs Schools and Colleges and several Hostels and Orphanages, besides engaging in other social welfare activities.

The Province of Kolkata is one of the four Provinces of the Society of Pilar constituted in July 2004, which commits itself to the services of the Society in thirteen States and two Union Territories of North Eastern India. The Pilar Fathers, however, have been working in these areas since 1950. Hence, Fr. Agnel School, Ranchi is an integral unit this province that imparts wisdom by educating lesser privileged and those on the peripheries of society.

Our Vision

Wisdom Triumphs being the motto of the school, we strive to provide sound education based on moral values; help them to acquire a holistic approach towards life thereby prepare them to build a community of informed and responsible men and women capable to face the challenges of 21st century with self-determination and confidence