Monday, February 27, 2006

Buxar Bishop Episcopal Ordination

Episcopal Ordination of New Buxar Bishop on 25th March

The Episcopal Ordination of the first Bishop of Buxar Diocese in India, Rev. Dr. William D'Souza, will be held at Cathedral of Mary Mother of Perpetual Help (Buxar) on 25th March 2006, the feast of the Annunciation.

The new bishop of the recently created Indian diocese of Buxar in Bihar, bishop-elect William D'Souza, is a Jesuit of the Province of Patna. He was born in 1946 and ordained priest in 1976 after completing Philosophy in Shembanagur in Tamil Nadu and theology in Jnana Deepa Vidyapeet in Pune.

The announcement of the creation of the diocese was made earlier, on Monday, 12th December 2005 at noon local time in Rome, corresponding to 16.30 hours in India. The new diocese spans four districts - Buxar, Bhojpur, Bhabua and Rohtas. Bifurcated from the western part of Patna Archdiocese, it has a ground area of 11,311 sq. kms.

The 13 parishes/mission stations diocese has a strength of 15,745 Catholics and is served by 8 diocesan priests, 14 religious priests, 9 religious brothers and 63 religious sisters.

For the "100% Dalit" Diocese the Bishop-elect chose as his diocese's motto "Not to Be Served, But to Serve", in order to embody the spirit of devotion to the Dalit community.

Posted by Charan Colaco


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