Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fr Thomas Sequeira - New CBCI Deputy Secretary General

Goan Priest Appointed CBCI Deputy Secretary General

Fr Thomas Sequeira Takes Charge As CBCI Dy Secretary General, Fr Donald De Souza Completes His Term

New Delhi, June 01, 2006 (CBCI News):

Fr Thomas Aquinas Sequeira of the Archdiocese of Goa assumed office as Deputy Secretary General of CBCI in the presence of the Secretary General Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes this morning at CBCI Centre, New Delhi.

The present incumbent, Fr Donald De Souza who served as Deputy Secretary General laid down office after serving the organisation for nearly seven years.

Fr Thomas is the former Rector of the nearly four hundred year old Rachol Seminary in Goa and holds a doctorate in Sacred Scriptures. He has been on the team which translated the Holy Bible into Konkani in Roman script.

Fr Donald served CBCI, earlier as Assistant to Deputy Secretary General and later as the Deputy Secretary General. Coming from the diocese of Lucknow, he is an expert in Sacred Liturgy and has been a professor of Liturgy in St Joseph’s Seminary, Allahabad.

He will be returning to his diocese of Lucknow and will be residing at the diocesan St Paul’s Seminary.

As Deputy Secretary General, Fr Donald has been in charge of running the day-to-day activities of the CBCI and taking care of the CBCI Centre as its Director.

The Deputy Secretary General, under the guidance of the Secretary General, coordinates the activities of the Conference and facilitates the preparation and actual running of the General Body Meetings and Standing Committee Meetings.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is a supra-ritual body “primarily called to interest itself in national affairs” affecting the Catholic community and also, all sections of the society.

CBCI is an umbrella organisation of all the Catholic Bishops of India, belonging to the Latin Rite, the Syro-Malabar Rite and the Syro-Malankara Rite. In all there are 159 dioceses belonging to the three rites united in the CBCI fold.


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