Joseph Aran SJ

Joseph Aran SJ
Vice Principal St. Stanislaus High School
Tenure: 1983 to 1988

Fr Joseph Aran 2007Joseph Aran SJ the eldest of the family of three was born on 3rd December 1930 in the city of Navarra, Spain. His family of three has a sister and brother who live in Spain.

Joseph Aran SJ started his schooling at Marist Brothers School in Spain followed studied by Commerce College in Barcelona, Spain. This was to follow with degrees in Philosophy at De Nobili College in Pune, a theology degree at St. Mary's college at Kurseong, Darjeeling and finally an MA in Classical Studies in Chicago.

Joseph Aran SJ started his teaching career at the age of 32. He became a teacher because he believed that instruction was only a part of education and a teacher can help develop the potential of a youngster to the maximum and thus make him/her a better human being.

He had three stints at St. Stanislaus; first between 1953-54 when he taught Latin, History, Geography and Religion then between June 1982 to December 1988 when he taught History, Geography and Religion to the 8th and 9th standards until he retired. He was Vice Principal of St. Stanislaus between 1983 and 1988. After retirement he continued teaching at St. Stanislaus till 1993 in a program for children and character formation.

He was also the Principal of St. Mary’s SSC, Vice Principal of St. Mary’s ICSE, Vice Principal of St. Xavier’s, Dhobi Talao, and Vice Principal of Campion High School in Bhopal.

The most important lesson he learnt as a teacher was to be open to the perspective of others especially the younger person.

St. Stanislaus was the first institution when he came to India in 1953. After 40 years of teaching, He would like to see the school re-vitalize its focus as fully as possible on the goals and objectives of Jesuit education. He would like to see less of outside shows and activities for our boys if that means that they lose valuable class time. His one wish is that our students be recognized by the way they embody in their lives the Jesuit values they were taught.

Joseph Aran SJ has several favourite memories of St. Stanislaus. One is the several campaigns organized with the help of the Staff and students to emphasize the major objectives of Jesuit education, i.e. To help our Jesuit students:

  • To strive for excellence (no “chalta hai” attitudes)
  • To value and judiciously use their freedom
  • To develop a spirit of service and social justice
  • To become spiritually oriented men of character.

Another very happy memory Fr.Aran keeps from his years in Stanislaus, is the group of students that organized themselves with the name of “Simpaticos”. This youth group conducted eight day camps at Aksa beach for the handicapped children of Asha Daan. These ”simpaticos” used to look after every need of the handicapped children even taking them to swim in the sea!.After so many years, they still visit Asha Daan whenever time permits.

In his retirement at 77 years plus, Joseph Aran SJ works full time atFr Joseph Aran St.Ann’s Church Mazagaon. He works in a given Church zone with the Small Christian Communities. His focus is spiritual direction and counsellings, teaching sacred scripture and ministering the sick. While his spirit is still willing he now realizes that he cannot cope with the execution of all his ideas.

Joseph Aran SJ loves all Goan dishes specially Parra, moile and also likes a small urrak or feni before meals occasionally. With tongue firmly in cheek he says his love for Goan food convinces him he was a Goan in his previous birth.

Seriously speaking, he wouldn’t even dream of leaving India –ever!

His hobbies are music, reading-spiritual and psychology literature, walking and exercising and keeping in touch with the boys via email. He would love to hear from his boys at St. Stanislaus and can be reached at









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