General Information

The Society of Pilar

St. Xavier High School, Rania, Haryana

The Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier alias ‘The Society of Pilar’ is an indigenous Roman Catholic Organization founded in Goa in 1887 by Rev. Fr. Bento Martins. The sole aim of the Society is to share the Gospel of true human well-being as proclaimed by Jesus Christ. Initially, the activity of its members was confined to the boundaries of Goa and its surrounding areas.

However, on July 2, 1939, the Society received a new thrust and vitality, and from then on its members ventured to work far and wide in different parts of India, zealously spreading the Gospel values.

One of the focuses of the Society’s work has been the field of education. Today the Society of Pilar has about sixty Residential Units and counts about four hundred members working in several parts of India from Jammu in the north to Chennai in the south, from Gujarat and Mumbai in the west to far off Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the east, and even abroad. The Society runs Schools and Colleges and several Hostels and Orphanages, besides engaging in other social welfare activities.