Virginia attributes her feminist roots to her experience of being a young widow in India. She taught Catechetics in her parish school in Santa Cruz, Mumbai for 14 years receiving in-service training as well. She did a 4-year Certificate Course in Theology for the Laity offered by the Bombay Archdiocesan seminary which encouraged her to delve deeper into Liberation and Feminist Theology. She then moved into devoting her life to the struggles for justice for women and the poor.  She was part of the Executive Committee of the Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Commission; then appointed as the first Executive Secretary of the Archdiocesan Women’s Desk from 1992-2000; the first Executive Secretary of the Women’s Desk in the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) (1996-2010); Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bihops’ Conference of India (CBCI)Commission for Women (1998-2004); Executive Secretary of the FABC Office of Laity & Family (2000-2010).  She is the founder member of the Indian Women Theologians Forum and its Secretary since its inception.  She is member of Ecclesia of Women in Asia, a forum of Catholic Asian Women Theologians; and served on the Coordinating Team in various capacities over the years. She is the founder member of the Indian Christian Womens’ Movement and was its first Executive Secretary (2014 – 2018).

She has authored “Woman Image of God”; and Edited 4 books.  She contributes articles regularly to theological magazines, Catholic periodicals and newspapers; as well as chapters to several books.  Her writings are related to women’s concerns and justice.

She is currently involved in advocating for women survivors of sex abuse in the Church in India, as well as advocating for recognition of the rights and dignity of LGBTI+ persons.  She is also associated with various Church Reform groups.



April 9, 2020

Holy Thursday

Let us all, dedicated women and men, continue to live our priesthood in our communities, neighbourhoods and society as God calls us...

All Preachers