Rev. Fr. Joe H.Pereira

Founder Managing Trustee

Rev. Fr. Joseph H Pereira is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which is devoted to the care, support and rehabilitation of those affected by Chemical Dependency and HIV & AIDS. Since its inception in 1981 in Bombay, the Kripa Foundation has grown exponentially and forms a vital links to providing social stability in eleven Indian states through various multifunction facilities and also has association in other international locations in Europe, Canada and the USA.

Known to all as Fr Joe, and many others as “the Singing Priest”, he prefers not to highlight his academic qualifications of Masters in Psychology & Philosophy from University of Bombay, Licenciate in Divinity (Theology) from Bombay & Poona, Certifications in Counselling Theory & Practice (Carkuff Model) & expertise from the Hazelden Institute of Minnesota, USA.

Most cherished of all Academic achievements, is his decades of involvement with Yoga, first as a patient, pupil and practitioner, then in later years as a Certified Trainer and in recent decades as a friend, associate and an International Mentor of the Guruji B K S Iyengar School of Yoga, Pune. This involvement is so extensive that the holistic component of Kripa care has been strengthened by the gift of self knowledge through sets of Yoga practices developed by Guruji B.K.S.Iyengar. Fr Joe carries this message with him and delivers it to all who ask for it, during his national and international travels. These modules and his personal instructions and observations are delivered in a unique style that provides demonstration, learning and solace through the audio cassette titled “The Silence of the Spirit” and a video cassette titled “Living with AIDS’

Fr Joe is the National Co-ordinator in India for the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and is the Author / published an audio CD ” Wholeness and Holiness” , a Handybook/DVD titled ” Yoga for the Practice of Christian Meditation”, a Handybook/Audio CD “Learning to sit in Meditation: and an Audio CD “The Whole Person in Prayer”

Fr Joe is a Class A Trustee ( Non Alcoholic) of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) in India.

Fr Joe is an Adjunct Professor in Yoga Philosophy & Psychology at various Corporates,Schools,Indian Universities and Catholic Institutions amd Seminaries.

Fr Joe is the Consultant to the Archdiocese of Bombay for “Rehabilitation of the Chemically Dependent” and a Consultant-Member of various High Level Committees constituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. He is a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Between 1987 till 2015, various international workshops have been conducted by Fr Joe at Portland, Oregon and Hot Springs, California in USA and at Calgary and Toronto, Canada on Yoga. “Innovative Methods of Healing the Addict” and “Effectiveness of Yoga in Substance Abusers within the Kripa Model with the help of Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™”, were research activities presented at the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research at the Faculty of Divinity in University of Cambridge, UK.

Besides his seminars and workshops in Canada and the USA, Fr Joe conducts annual Seminars at The Black Forest Institute, Germany, Brazil, Zurich, Switzerland and at the Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Ireland.

Such a hectic schedule can only be supported by his extreme consciousness in personal practices and empathy and love for the socially marginalized. He constantly says that such commitment can only be through the blessings of great ones like Blessed Mother Teresa and Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar and his spiritual guide Rev Anthony D’Mello.

These perceptions and applications have resulted in various awards in the field of Drug Abuse Care, Health Sciences and Social Services like Priyadarshini National Award (1989), Perestroika Sanjeevani Award (1990), Anti Narcotic Council of India Award for best Establishment in the field (1994), Sahayogi Foundation Award (1995), Ati Vashisht Sewa Medal of the College of Chest Physicians (1997), International Yoga Journal Karamyogi of the Year Award (2003), Expert to the National Institute of Social

Defence (Government of India) (2005) and Christian Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in the field of Social Work (2007). Awarded the PADMA SHRI in the field of Social Work by the Government of India (2009). Catholic Priest Conference of India (CPCI) National Excellence Award to Priest (2011). Lifetime Achievemnt National Award (2014) by an Outstanding Individual -Professional at the Hands of Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Despite all this, Fr Joe is ever ready to listen to all who approach him. This includes the huge numbers of the general community, patients, clients of the Foundation in India and abroad and not least of all, his large organizational staff numbers, not less than 85% of whom are “wounded healers” in their own paths of recovery and spiritual growth.

Fr. Joe’s Itinerary

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From - ToLocationDescription
October 2018
3rd October
to 7th October
MoosejawKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ ,
Yog Retreat , Moosejaw
9th October
to 14th October
MilwaukeeKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™
Workshop, Milwaukee
29th October
to 31st October
MalaysiaWCCM workshop on use of body for
Meditation, Malaysia
November 2018
15th NovemberAustrailiaDeparture to Australia
16th NovemberMelbourneArrival in Melbourne
17th November
to 18th November
YaravilleKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop, Yaraviile ,
Melbourne, 9am to 4 pm
17th November
to 18th November
YaravilleKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop, Yaraviile ,
Melbourne, 9am to 4 pm
20th NovemberWarrnamboolKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™
Workshop at Karen's studio,
22nd NovemberMelbourneAddressing AA fellowship, Melbourne, 7.30 pm
23rd NovemberSydneyDeparture to Sydney
24th November
to 25th November
MarrickvilleKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™
9am to 3 pm
25th NovemberMarrickvilleDeparture to Mumbai
12th DecemberMumbaiWedding of Anand Piramal
14th DecemberMumbaiCelebrating the Silver Wedding of Fernando and Monica Fernandes
15th December to 23rd December GoaKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop with Chinese students
24th December to 7th January 2019VasaiKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop with Chinese students
8th January to 17 JanuaryGoaKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop with Chinese students
17th January to 21 January DublinWedding of Ryan de Souza
22nd January to 2nd February GoaKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop with German Group
25th February to 8th MarchChinaKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop with Chinese students
Up to 8th MarchChinaKripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Workshop with Chinese students
18th March to 22nd MarchGoaPrograms on Addictions Treatment for Deacons at Pastoral Center Goa