Among the many good fruits cultivated by the two parishes is Jesuit scholastic, Bonifacio Bano Lay Ribeiro SJ. This 23-year-old Railaco parishioner has just taken his first vows as a Jesuit.

Bonifacio first experienced the St Canice / Railaco relationship as a child benefitting from the Children’s Feeding Program, and also studied and graduated from the Railaco Jesuit Secondary School, NOSSEF.

Some of us from St Canice’s are very proud to have met this outstanding young man when the immersion group of parishioners were visiting East Timor last June.

More than 1,000 students from our secondary school have graduated and moved on to tertiary education. But Bony is the first of the Railaco alumni to make his First Vows to be a Jesuit priest. We congratulate and pray for him.

Please click on this link or front page of Lia-Tatoli to read the story of Bony’s journey.


Bonifacio smiling broadly in the company of Timor Leste Jesuit Provincial Fr Joaquim Sarmento SJ and his parents after taking his First Vows as a Jesuit – April 2020.