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.

Rev. Fr. Joe H.Pereira
Founder Managing Trustee

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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January 2017
5th January
6th January
Jungian Association Head Dr.Ashok Bedi MD. Seminar at KOMAL SPARSH, Bandra,
8th January
Celebrating Eucharist at Asha Daan Anniversary 6.30 am - First Home of St.Mother Teresa in Mumbai
9th January
14th January
Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ with Yoga group of Sima from Germany
15th January
At the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon
16th January
21st January
Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ with Yoga group of Leigh Milne from Canada and Internal Yoga Group.
25th January
Celebrating Eucharist at EBCCO Anniversary
29th Janaury
Adivisory Board Meeting of Vasai Region AIDS Society (VRACS) & Celebrating Eucharist at Kripa Vasai
30th January
Meeting with Salcette Society for E.B.DIAS TRUST. Bandra
Febraury 2017
3rd February
4th February
Meeting Archbishop of Calcutta His Grace Thomas D'Souza & Meeting the Mr and Mrs. Kapadia's, Donors for the renewal of Kripa Gangarampur alongwith the Contractor Mr. Pranab Da and Architect Consultant Mr. Rajan of Writer Corporation.
5th Febraury
At Vasai Kripa Family Day alongwith clients and their Families.
6th Febraury
Meeting Professor Robinson from USA at 9 a.m.
7th February
Visit to Kripa Pune
9th Febraury
Addiction Counseling Course for Deacons at St. Pius Seminary, Goregoan
12th Febraury

Weddding of Avril and Amit at Atma Darshan, Andheri & Wedding reception of Sheldon Amaral at

Bandra Gymnkhana.

17th Febraury
Annual Thanksgiving Mass at Holy Cross Church, Parel for Eureka Forbes, Our Friends and Benefactors.
24th Febraury
25th Febraury
Surat, Gujarat
Resource person at the AA convention as Ex-Class A Trustee of Alcholic Anonymous, India.
26th Febraury
At the mixed Marriage of Priyanka
27th Febraury
5th March
Namste Yoga Group of Paulina from Poland at Kripa Anjuna, Goa
MARCH 2017
5th March
At Vasai Kripa Family Day alongwith clients and their Families.
APRIL 2017
MAY 2017
9th May
In London
13th May
21st May
Retreat to special group of AA of London at Patmos
21st May
31st May
Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™,Poland
22nd May
Inauguration of Kripa Health Centre in Sczecin to be followed in Wroclaw and Rzeszow.
31st May
In Zurich
JUNE 2017
1st June
4th June
Frieburg - Stephsn Brackman's studio- Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™
5th June
9th June
Retreat for German group at St. Peter's Monastry
10th June
11th June
Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ with Joey and Tanja
12th June
14th June
At Start Again -Zurich collaborative Centre for Addiction
12th June
All Zurich Yoga evening st St. Jacob's Church, Zurich
15th June
Day of Rest
16th June
22nd June
At Seminarhaus with Waltrud -Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™
23rd June
24th June
At St. Ulriche's Parish Hall, WCCM - ' ROLE OF THE BODY IN MEDITATION'
25th June
At St. Ulriche Church
26th June
30th June
Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ - at Various cities in Sao Paulo
JULY 2017
1st July
9th July
Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ - at Various cities in Sao Paulo
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