Fr. Richard D’Souza, S.J. joins us from the staff of the Vatican Observatory for a two-year assignment as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Michigan department of Astronomy. During his time at the University, he will preside as needed at St. Mary and is living in community at the Jesuit residence.
Fr. D’Souza was born in 1978 in Pune, India. His initial school years were spent in Kuwait. From 1990, he moved back to his home state of Goa, India and joined a Jesuit school. After completing his schooling, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1996, and finished his two years noviciate in Belgaum, India. This was followed by a year of study of the humanities (Juniorate) in Pune. In 2002, he completed his graduation in Physics at St. Xaviers’ College in Mumbai and proceeded for his Masters in Physics to the University of Heidelberg, where he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy for his thesis work. He returned to Pune, India in 2005 to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. In 2007, he founded and ran the St. Paul’s Community College in Belgaum to help school dropouts find gainful employment. After finishing his Bachelors in Theology in 2011 in Pune, he returned to Goa and ran a popular theology program for the laity called “Deepen Your Faith.” In 2012, he started his doctoral studies in Astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, in Garching, Munich, graduating in 2016 and joining the staff of the Vatican Observatory.