Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Fr Rufus Pereira died in the morning on Wednesday, 2 May 2012 due to cardiac arrest during sleep in London, UK. He had been to Europe tour for giving retreats. He was known worldwide for performing exorcisms for healing and deliverance meetings. The body of Father Rufus remain in England until they have completed preparations to take him to India, where he will be buried. The date has not yet been disclosed.
Father Rufus was born in Bandra on 6-May-1933. He was a priest in the Archdiocese of Bombay and was a resident at St. Pius Church Mulund. He was an international charismatic preacher and was known for his power in deliverance (casting away the demons).
His first personal experience of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was on Pentecost Sunday in 1972 – at the Renewal’s beginning in India. Since then he has worked extensively in Renewal and World Evangelism ministries.
He studied Philosophy, Theology and Sacred Scripture in Rome, where he was ordained in 1956. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology.
For several years he served as director/headmaster of four secondary schools in Mumbai. In addition to the retreat speaker, Bible teacher and lecturer, he was a professor of Sacred Scripture in postgraduate courses in various Papal Theological Institutes.
He was also president of the International Association for the Ministry of Liberation. He published numerous articles and biblical theology, especially on evangelism and healing.
He was appointed by Archbishop Cardinal Gracias to dedicate himself to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Since then he has preached in meetings, retreats and missions throughout your country and also throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and some places in Latin America such as Brazil, where he was several times, including the New Song Community.
Father Rufus was also a director of the National Charismatic Bible College. It has recently been integrated into the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) in Rome, as responsible for the global ministry of healing and deliverance.
Father Rufus was editor of ‘Charisindia’, the National Charismatic Monthly, and director of the National Charismatic Bible College and continues to be visiting post-graduate Scripture professor at a Pontifical Theological Institute. In 1994 he was selected as Vice-president of the newly started International Association of Exorcists, Rome and in 1995 initiated the International Association for the Ministry of Deliverance.
He joined the ICCRS Council in 1997 and represents Asia and the Healing and Deliverance Ministries.
Source: The CSF
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