Fr. Rufus Pereira, a world renowned exorcist, died of cardiac arrest, just four days before his 79th birthday.
Fr. Pereira’s personal secretary Erika Gibello on May 3 released the news that the Indian priest died during sleep at his residence in London the previous day. He would have turned 79 Sunday.
The body of Fr. Pereira, one of the pioneers of Charismatic Renewal Movement in India, will remain in England until they have completed preparations to take him to India for burial. The date has not yet been disclosed.
Father Pereira, a Bombay archdiocesan priest who had a doctorate in Biblical Theology, was the vice president of the International Association of Exorcists and pioneer of the International Association for the deliverance ministry.
Sister Patricia Kelly of the Institute of Hesed, who was with Fr. Pereira on April 28, wrote in their social networks that she had found the priest “delighted” and “very happy.”
Adamo Vinicius, Fr. Pereira’s translator in Brazil, hailed the priest as “a saint, a tireless preacher of the Gospel, a man in love with Jesus Christ and his mission.”
Fr. Pereira was ordained in Rome in 1956 and on his return to India for several years he served as director of four secondary schools in Mumbai. He also edited the National Charismatic India “Charisindia,” and taught Scripture in various seminaries.
The priest joined the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 1972, just when the ecclesial movement began in India. Cardinal Valerian Gracias, the then archbishop of Bombay, appointed him to lead the movement. Since then, he has conducted preaching meetings, retreats and missions throughout the world.
He has published numerous articles, especially on evangelism and healing.
Fr. Pereira acted as the catalyst in bringing lay people into the deliverance ministry and taking the Catholic Church closer to the group engaged in such works.
Father Pereira was also director of the Catholic Charismatic Bible Institute that was recently integrated into the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) in Rome, as responsible for the global ministry of healing and deliverance.
He joined the ICCRS Council in 1997 and represented Asia and the Healing and Deliverance Ministries.
Fr. Pereira considered the deliverance ministry as one of the greatest contributions of the charismatic renewal movement to the Catholic Church. He wrote in www.holyspiritinteractive.net that several exorcists have shared with him that the deliverance ministry compliments and supports the Church’s ministry of Exorcism.
Source: UCAN India