We lost another great hero, a benevolent human, and an epitome of faith. Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi (Emeritus) Anthony Theodore Lobo died on February 18, 2013.
The 76 years old Bishop died on February 18, 2013 after going through brief period of illness. On 28 May 1993 he became Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi after being appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Karachi by Pope John Paul II. Bishop Anthony Lobo resigned from his seat on February 18 2010 because of chronic illness of Lungs, due to which he has to use oxygen cylinder.
Bishop Lobo was born on July 4,1937 in Karachi Pakistan to Joseph and Ermina Lobo Catholics of goan origin He received his early education at Saint Patrick’s High School and his religious training at Christ the King in Karachi, and was ordained as a priest in Karachi on January 8, 1961. He also studied at University of Karachi, Harvard and in Paris.
Bishop Lobo contributed an eminent part of his services in reforming and advancing the education system of Pakistan. In Order to bring change to the Pakistani education system, he sought assistance from Australia to create the Notre Dame Institute of Education in Karachi in 1991. He had written many books and is an author of many learned work in education. He served as a Principal at St. Lawrence Boys school Karachi, later on taking charge of old and most renowned institute in Karachi, St. Patrick’s High school. In November 1986, he founded St. Michael’s Convent school.
In recognition of his services concerning literature and education in Pakistan, the President of Pakistan honored him with “The President’s “Pride of Performance” Award in 1990.
After resigning from his seat as a Bishop, he had been succeeded by Bishop Anthony Rufin.
Bishop Lobo had served as Chairman, “Education Commission of Pakistan, Secretary General, “Catholic Bishop conference of Pakistan, Chairman, “Office of Education”, “Federation of Asian Bishop’s conference”, Member of Senate, Shah Abdul Latif Bhatti University, Khairpur” Member of Senate, “Sindh University, Jamshoro, Member of “Board of Oasis Magazine, Cairo, Egypt and Board of Governors at the Foreman Christians College Lahore and the Kinnaird College.
“Preaching came to him naturally. It was like a gift for his people,” said Jacob Dogra who is also Director Pastors Centre Lalazar in Rawalpindi, a centre that was established by Bishop Anthony Lobo.
“I remember the efforts he used to make and the pain he would undertake to get scholarship programmes for his students, whether they were Christians, Muslims or Hindus,” said Bonnie Mendes who was a Father in a church in Toba Tek Singh, adding, “He was a firm man and when he wanted something, he simply made it happen.”