Fr Thomas Stephens – The First Englishman in India

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Author: Fr Joseph Velinkar, S. J.

9788195200160 | PB | pp. 200 | 2021 | CinnamonTeal Publishing

A Jesuit priest, who was born in England, persecuted for his Catholic faith, left his hometown in England, and ultimately spent 40 years in the Missions of Salcete, Goa (India).

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This book is a biography of Thomas Stephens, a Jesuit priest, who was born in England, persecuted for his Catholic faith, left his hometown in England, and ultimately spent 40 years in the Missions of Salcete, Goa (India). He is famously known for his magnum opus the Krista Purana, a work on the Old and New Testaments of the Bible written in Marathi/Konkani, a poem of 10,962 stanzas written in the ‘ovi’ metre, that was printed in 1616. With a catechism written in the Konkani (Canarim) language also to his name, besides being the original author of what was the first grammar of any Indian language, Stephens cemented his place in the annals of missionary authors who championed the cause of Indian languages.

Author:

Fr Joseph Velinkar, S. J.

ISBN:

9788195200160

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

200

Year of Publication:

2021

Publisher:

CinnamonTeal Publishing

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Joseph Velinkar, of Goan origin, was born in Mumbai and has been at several places in India and abroad for his studies: Mumbai, Pune, Kodaikanal, Barcelona, LIsbon, Rome and the U.S, ending with a Master’s in Ancient Indian Culture and a Doctorate in History, both from the Bombay University. He has taught at the Holy Family College (Andheri), St. Pius College (Goregaon), St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai) and St. Gonsalo Garcia College (Vasai).

He has been the director of Heras Institute (Mumbai) and Principal of St. Gonsalo Garcia College. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Konkani, Marathi and Hindi. He is presently at the Heras Institute.

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