Fr. Deva Joe, SDB

Vice Provincial


  • Born in Salem on 23.09.1961, did his primary and middle schooling at Little Flower School, Salem and his High school and Higher secondary at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher secondary School, Tirupattur, Vellore Dt.
  • Did his Novitiate at Mount Don Bosco, Kotagiri (1980-1981).
  • Entered the Salesian Congregation in May 1981
  • Philosophy at Yercaud (1981-1983)
  • B.A. English Literature at Loyola College, Chennai (1985-1988)
  • Theology at Kristu Jyothi College, Bangalore (1988-1991)
  • Ordained a Priest in December 1991
  • Vice-Principal at Don Bosco Mat.School, Thanjavur (1992-1993).
  • 2 years Youth Director of the Diocese of Thanjavur (1993-1995)
  • Did his M.A. in Developmental Psychology & Counselling at FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, USA (1995-1997).
  • 4 years Youth Director of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cudadalore (1997-2001).
  • 1 year Director of Don Bosco Youth Animation Center at ENNORE (2001-2002).
  • 2 years Asst. Parish Priest at Lourdes Shrine, Perambur (2002-2004).
  • 3 years Vice – Rector of Salesian Provincial House, The Citadel, Chennai and
  • Editor of ‘Arumbu’ & Salesia Seithi Malar & Director of ARUMBU PUBLICATIONS (2004-2007).
  • For six years (2007 – 2013) he was  Rector & Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Co-Cathedral (St. Antony’s Shrine), Chennai – 1 & Correspondent of St. Mary’s Anglo-Indian Hr.Sec.School, Chennai -1
  • He was the Director of St. Paul’s Bible Institute at Karayanchavadi, Poonamallee for an year, (2013-2014) run by the Tamil Nadu Regional Bishop’s Council (TNBC).
  • Holds an M.Sc, in Psychology (Madras University)
  • M.C.J. (Master of Communication & Journalism, Madurai – Kamaraj University).
  • B.Ed. (Annamalai University)
  • He is proficient in both Western and Karnatic music and plays several musical instruments with ease. He has studied Karnatic music and has received  the title ARUL ISAI MANI’Has written and composed nearly one hundred devotional songs and anthems in Tamil and English.
  • Obtained his Doctorate from the University of Madras in Communication, Journalism, Religion and Culture (Inter–Disciplinary) on the thesis entitled, ‘The Impact of Tamil Film Songs on the Identity Formation of College Youth in Chennai’, – Research carried out at the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions, IDCR, Loyola College, Chennai.
  • At present he is the Vice-Provincial of the Salesian Province of Chennai.





Don Bosco Bicentenary Anthem

by Fr. Deva Joe, SDB | Bicentenary Melodies

Don Bosco Birthday Anthem

by Fr. Deva Joe, SDB | Bicentenary Melodies

Don Bosco Song

by Fr. Deva Joe, SDB | Bicentenary Melodies