Alphonsus Pacheco (1549-1593) desired to go to the Far East
missions for many years before he was suddenly assigned to the Goa mission when
one of the men recruited by famed missioner, Father Alexandro Valignano became
sick; Father Pacheco was missioned in his place. Born of one of the old
families of Castile, Pacheco entered the Society in 1567 and was at Alcalá when
Valignano came recruiting men for the missions. Pacheco arrived in Goa in
September 1574, and served first as assistant to the rector of the college and
then as assistant to the provincial. He returned once to Europe to recruit new
missionaries, and then became superior of the Salsette mission upon his return.
He was replaced shortly before his death by Acquaviva who led the Jesuits when
they went to Cuncolim.
Originally Collected and edited by: Tom Rochford, SJ