25 Years of Priesthood: Fr. Devas Vargees

The Diocese recently had the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of a Priestly Ordination.  Fr. Devas Vargees is the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart parish, in Conche. This beautiful community is located on the Eastern coast of Newfoundland’s majestic Great Northern Peninsula. We are especially happy to congratulate him at this time.

 Born in Madras, India, in 1959, Fr. Devas began his seminary training at the age of seventeen.  On September 14th, 1986, Fr. Devas was Ordained a priest.  In 1993, he was sent for higher studies at university in India.

 Spending eight months as an associate priest, he then spent three years running two parishes as the Pastor.  In 1990, Fr. Devas began a mission church in a thatched shed for a congregation of thirty people.  Today, this location has over two thousand parishioners, a beautiful church, and a small school.  In 1996, Fr. Devas became a seminary professor with responsibilities in both teaching as well as training new priests.  After five years in the Seminary environment, he worked as a chaplain for the famous “Boys’ Town” organization started by Fr. Flanagan.

 In 2004, Fr. Devas came to the Diocese of St. George’s. In 2007, the majority of the Diocese of Labrador-Schefferville was merged with it, and then renamed the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. He began his work in Our Lady of Grace parish in Bird Cove.  He has spent four years in his current parish. Fr. Devas, we thank you for your generous service to our Diocese and to the faithful People of God. You remain in our prayers, especially at this happy time. Ad multos annos!