Catholics in Pakistan
Archdiocese of Karachi

Fr. Melito Dias, a Priest of God’s Love and Mercy

Fr. Melito Dias, a beloved senior priest of the Archdiocese of Karachi, passed away on April 18, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of faith, service and love. Born on February 27, 1927, Fr. Melito dedicated his life to the priesthood, serving the people of Karachi with humility, compassion, and unwavering devotion.




From the moment he was ordained on August 24, 1954, Fr. Melito embarked on a journey of selfless service, touching the lives of countless individuals through his ministry. Throughout his years of service, he served in various parishes of Karachi, but it was in his final years that he found a special calling at St. Anthony Parish, Karachi.

A stalwart of the Archdiocese of Karachi, Fr. Dias’ influence extended far beyond the confines of the church. He was a beacon of social cohesion and national unity, embodying unwavering dedication to fostering harmony among Pakistan’s diverse communities. His fervent prayers and support for initiatives like Saiban-e-Pakistan underscored his commitment to a more unified nation.

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At St. Anthony Parish, Fr. Melito became a beacon of hope for people from all walks of life, offering prayers and healing to those in need. Despite facing physical challenges due to a sports injury that left him limping for the rest of his life, Fr. Melito never allowed it to hinder his priestly responsibilities. His cheerful disposition, accessibility, simplicity and prayerful nature endeared him to all who knew him.

Beyond his pastoral duties, Fr. Melito was also a renowned hockey player of international fame. Despite his injury, he continued to inspire others through his resilience and dedication to both his faith and his sport.

As a priest, Fr. Melito embodied God’s love and mercy, offering consoling and encouraging words to those in distress and reaching out to them in their times of need. His life was a testament to the power of faith and the transformative impact of love.

As we mourn the loss of Fr. Melito, let us also celebrate his life, his faith and his unwavering commitment to serving others. May the Lord grant him the reward of his faithful service, and may his soul rest in eternal peace.

In remembrance of Fr. Melito Dias, let us continue to emulate his example of love, compassion, and service in our own lives, reflecting God’s infinite mercy to all whom we encounter.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

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