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 Jerome D’Souza S.J.

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Father Jerome DSouza, SJan Indian Jesuit priest & statesman:

Father Jerome D'Souza, SJ, Indian Jesuit priestJesuit General’s first Assistant-in-charge of Indian & Asian AffairsIssued by India

Issued on Dec 18, 1997

Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to issue a commemorative stamp on Jerome D’Souza S.J.

Credits :
, FDC & Cancellation : Loyola College, Chennai

Type : Stamp, Mint condition

Colour : Single colour

Denomination : 200 Paise

Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing Size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in reels 47 cms. width

Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printer : India Security Press, Nasik

Name : Jerome D’Souza, SJ

Born on Aug 6, 1897 at Mangalore, South Canara, British India

Died on Aug 12, 1977 at Madras, India

About : 

  • J. D’Souza S.J. born on 6th August 1897.
  • A professor of English Literature, he was very early in his teaching career called to an administrative responsibility as Principal and Rector in two Jesuit Colleges St. Joseph’s, Tiruchy and Loyola Madras, successively for fifteen years. He was deeply involved in the Madras University affairs as elected member of its Syndicate. His talent as a public speaker attracted the attention of C. Rajagopalachari who sponsored his election to the Constituent Assembly where he won the respect and regard of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who exploited, in the best sense of term, his gifts as orator, master of several languages, as an educationist of repute and as a person of balanced judgement uncommitted to partisan politics. Four times he was selected to be member of the Indian Delegation to the United Nations. He served as Nehru’s unofficial ambassador for delicate negotiations with the French Government for the transfer of French Indian territories to Independent India and with the Holy See on Indo-Portuguese problems affecting ecclesiastical appointments in India. As founder of the Indian Social Institute, he was a pioneer in social education. Elected to be the Jesuit General’s first Assistant in charge of Indian and Asian Affairs, he spent nearly eleven years in Rome during which he was also frequently consultant of various Vatican administrative organs. He died just six days after completing his eightieth year on 12.8.1977.
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