MICHAEL PRABHU, OCTOBER 24, 2019
Who is Fr. Franklin D’Souza?
Rev. Fr. Franklin Philip D’Souza has preached more than 700 retreats around Karnataka, at Mumbai, Israel and also in Gulf Countries. One can see a special touch of God in his life. He shares his experience that Lord Jesus has touched his life in the first year of his priesthood. Ever since, he started proclaiming the “Word of God”
He preaches at “Divine Retreat Centre”, Chalakudy, Kerala, “Renewal Retreat Centre (RRC)”, Bangalore, “Logos Retreat Centre”, Bangalore and Tabor Retreat Centre, Kalyan – Mumbai.
Many say that he is a “Power Filled Evangelist” in the Catholic Church.
He is the founder and director of “Jesus Touch” (YESU SPARSHA) team, where he and Brother T. K. George work together.
In August 2008, he was appointed as regional director of ICYM, Youth Commission.
From 1999 to 2005, he served the diocese in various capacities. At the same time, he was a staff member of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore. In 2005, he was appointed the youth director for Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) and also for Young Christian Students (YCS), and Young Student Movement (YSM) as well as charismatic retreat director of Shimoga diocese.
In the same year, Bangalore Archbishop Bernard Moras appointed Fr Franklin a joint secretary of the Youth Commission of Karnataka Region. From 2008, he has been serving as a Karnataka regional youth director of ICYM and the Youth Commission.
In August 2011, he took charge as the new secretary for the CBCI (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India) Commission for Youth and the new national director of Indian National Youth Commission (ICYM).
Fr Franklin is known for his retreats in Konkani, English, and Kannada.
Fr Franklin has preached at more than 750 retreats in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Nagaland, New Delhi, Israel, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, and most of the Gulf countries.
Fr Franklin has brought out several devotional audio and video albums in Konkani, Kannada, and English. He is also an author of several books.
Francis Serrao SJ, Bishop of Shimoga has appointed Fr Franklin D’Souza as the Parish Priest of Shrine of Our Lady of Health Church, Harihar also as the Rector of the Shrine. He will take charge on May 21st 2016 from the outgoing Parish Priest Fr Stany D’Souza who completed his term.
Well known preacher Fr. Franklin D’Souza is appointed as the Director of Family Counselling Centre for the Diocese of Shimoga
By Ancy D’Souza, Paladka, June 13, 2017
Fr. Franklin Philiph D’Souza, a well-known Catholic Charismatic Preacher is appointed by His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao SJ, Bishop of Diocese of Shimoga as the Director for the Family Counselling Centre for the Diocese of Shimoga. Few months back when I met him he shared his vision and special call in preaching mission and strengthening the families in the Love of God.
Fr. Franklin D’Souza was born on October 22, 1973 at Murkoth Palke village near Moodbidre. After his Primary studies at Guddeyangady, he completed his High School at Jain High School Moodbidre. He did his P.U.C. at Milagres College Mangalore. He perused his B.A from Bangalore University and M.A. in History from Mysore University. He did his Minor Seminary at St. Mary’s Seminary, Mysore. He did his Bachelor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Theology and Masters in Theology at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary as well as institute Bangalore. He was ordained by then Bishop of Diocese of Belgaum Most Rev. Bernard Moras at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Paladka on 10th May 1999.
In 1999 he was appointed as Assistant Priest at Chitradurga’s substation Infant Jesus Church, Challakere. He served there till 2001. As he says here he underwent a life changing Christ experience. Ever since he started preaching his divine experience based on Word of God. In the year 2000 he met Bro. T. K. George who motivated him to proclaim good news in charismatic way.
From 2001 to 2003 he was appointed as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Victories Church at Nagar (Hosanagar Taluk), mean time he served as Diocesan Youth Director. In 2003 he was appointed as staff member for St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary. Here he again discovered his mission to preach the Word of God. In 2005 he was appointed as Diocesan Youth Director as well as Catholic Charismatic Director for the Diocese of Shimoga, same time he was the joint secretary for the Karnataka Regional Youth Commission. In 2008 Karnataka Regional Bishops Conference appointed him as Secretary for the Karnataka Regional Youth Commission as well as Karnataka Regional Youth Director. He travelled and motivated youth all over Karnataka.
Recognising his special charism in motivating youth as well as helping them to have Christ experience in 2011 he was appointed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India as the Secretary for the CBCI Youth Council as well as the National Youth Director. After completing his term in August 15th, 2015, he took 8 months sabbatical leave.
On the month of May 2016 he returned back to the Diocese of Shimoga. He was appointed as the Rector as well Parish Priest at Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Harihar. Within a year he brought spiritual revival among the parishioners as well as pilgrims. Here he spend much time in personal prayer and contemplation. After contemplating and listening to his inner voice inspired by the Holy Spirit he decided to commit full time in preaching and healing mission. Understanding his special Charism, mission and call his bishop has given him new responsibility.
Fr. Anthony Peter is the newly appointed Parish Priest and Rector of the Shrine. He will assume charge on my June 25th.
As I know Fr. Franklin D’Souza from childhood, he comes from a very devout family. He is a genuine preacher. He has motivated thousands of people. Specifically youth and teenagers. He has traveled almost 27 nations and throughout India. He has preached More than 2000 retreats in his last 18 years of priestly ministry. He also gives talks in various TV channels. He is the author of “Be healed” which is also in Konkani “Nitolza” and in Kannada “Shuddhanagu”. He has enacted in number of biblical songs. His preachings and Healing Holy Eucharists available on YouTube. His zeal and love for the gospel and the Church can’t be measured. He together with Bro. T. K. George and their musician Bro. William D’Souza brought transformation in many lives. I wish him every success and God’s abundance blessings in his new mission.
In 2014: Secretary, CBCI Office for Youth & ICYM (Indian Catholic Youth Movement) National Youth Director
Secretary for Youth Activ8 Foundation, New Delhi
In 2018: Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Services Director. Diocese of Shimoga
Rev. Fr. Philiph Franky D’Souza Director, Family Counselling Centre (Diocese of Shimoga), ‘Chaitanya’, Alkola Circle, Sagar Road, Shivamogga – 577205, Karnataka, India
Mobile: +91 9845256538 9013905078
I know Fr. Franklin D’Souza from the time that he was on the staff at St. Peter’s Seminary, Bangalore, till 2005. At that time, he was isolated by his confreres. He put it down to their lack of openness to his charismatic ministry.
I visited him a couple of times and had lunch with him, and was gifted some very Protestant CDs of “miracle healings”. I still have them.
Soon recognition of his “charismatic” preaching in association with T.K. George came his way. You know the rest from the news stories above. But popularity and elevation apparently changed him greatly. His email responses to me became one-liners and auto-responses with scripture verses. He was also non-committal on the various problems in the Indian Church that I brought to his notice.
But the greatest shock to me came when Fr. Franklin D’Souza wrote me a very curt, unfriendly refusal email against my request in March 2019 for a Letter of Recommendation from him against my forthcoming 800-page book on New Age Medications and Meditations.
I had made the same request to around 20-odd priests. His was the only point-blank refusal. That will be the subject of a separate report from me. Apparently, Fr. D’Souza did not want to be publicly associated with this ministry.
While basking in the limelight, Fr. D’Souza preached eloquently, but not prophetically.
Beholden to his Archbishop, Bernard Moras, he never spoke against the institutionalized New Age that ravages the Archdiocese. However, that (their deafening silence) is the common denominator for every charismatic ministry that I know of. They need to be in the good books of their bishops.
The other major problem with most charismatic preachers (barring a few lay persons) is their blindness to the Hinduisation of the Indian Church. Thus we see Fr. D’Souza lighting the Hindu oil lamp (kuthuvilakku or nilavilakku) at several of his retreats, wearing the Hindu tilak on his forehead, ignoring the Hinduised liturgical aberrations of his bishop Francis Serrao SJ (separate reports posted on my web site), using at church functions the dwajasthamba or Hindu temple flagpole that is increasingly being installed in our churches, etc.
One more problem with all charismatic priests is the liturgical abuses that are perpetrated by them in their Masses.
The reader will find all of these issues recorded in the files listed on the last page of this report. To make these reports, I had to study all of his blog posts from 1999 (https://www.frfranklin.org/main.php?page=photo_album01_yesu_sparsha) down to the present day.
In general, there were readers’ comments in the comboxes just three or four times over all those twenty years. Fr. Franklin always sports a “pectoral cross” on a chain over his cassock.
His charismatic self-anointing ritual (below) only commenced from around the end of the year 2008.
SELF-ANOINTING WITH THE BLESSED SACRAMENT EXPOSED AT EVERY RETREAT
Second and final days Konkani Retreat at St John the Evangelist Church, Marol, Andheri
November 6, 2018
May 26, 2018
May 25, 2018
Yesusparsha team members Bro. T. K. George (preaching) and Bro. William D’Souza (music)
BRO. T.K. GEORGE
FR. FRANKLIN D’SOUZA
CHARISMATIC PRIESTS OF MANGALORE BONDEL ST LAWRENCE CHURCH ENSHRINE THE ELEPHANT-GOD GANESHA – FR. FRANKLIN D’SOUZA
CHARISMATIC RETREAT PREACHER FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA LIGHTS THE KUTHUVILAKKU
CHARISMATIC RETREAT PREACHER FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA NOW RUNS “INTERDENOMINATIONAL” RETREATS
CHARISMATIC RETREAT PREACHER FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA USES THE DWAJASTHAMBA OR HINDU TEMPLE FLAGPOLE
CHARISMATIC RETREAT PREACHER FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA HAS NO ISSUE WITH RESURREXIFIX SUBSTITUTING FOR THE CRUCIFIX
LITURGICAL ABERRATIONS IN FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA‘S MASSES
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 30-FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA WEARS
SUPERSTITIOUS HINDU TRADITION IMAGES ON FR FRANKLIN D’SOUZA‘S BLOG