Thursday, March 15, 2007

Fr. Derek Fernandes - New Karwar Bishop

Fr. Derek Fernandes Named Karwar Bishop

Episcopal Ordination on April 20, 2007

Having accepted the resignation of Bishop William Leonard D' Mello upon having reached the age limit, the Holy Father has named Rev. Fr. Derek Fernandes, Chancellor of the diocese of Belgaum as the new Bishop of Karwar (India).

The official announcement in Italian came from the Vatican February 24, 2007.

Rev. Fr. Derek Fernandes was born on 14 May 1954 at Sirsi, then part of the Diocese of Belgaum. After having attended school there, he entered the Seminary at Belgaum, and went on to the St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore for the philosophical and theological studies.

After the ordination in May 1979 he carried out the following assignments:

1979-1983: Parochial Vicar and then Parish priest of Holy Cross Church, Dharwad; Parish priest of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, Tumarikop;

1983-1986: Parish priest of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Modage (Belgaum) and Director of the Orphanage of Nirmala Nagar;

1986-1990: Studies for the Doctorate at Urban University, Rome;

1991-2002: Chancellor and of the Diocese of Belgaum; Member of the executive board; Judicial Vicar; Consultor and Member of the Senate of the Priests; Secretary of the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies; Secretary of the Commision for the Laity; Administrative director of the St. Xavier's High School and P.U. College;

2004-2006: Diocesan administrator of Belgaum. Currently he is chancellor of the Belgaum Diocese

The Diocese of Karwar comprising the whole civil district of Uttara Kannada in Karnataka and spread over an area of 10,291 sq. km, was carved out of Belgaum diocese and erected by the Decree 'Christi Missum" of Pope Paul VI on 24 January 1976.

Bishop D'Mello was appointed its first Bishop and ruled the diocese of predominantly Konkani-speaking Catholics 30 years till his retirement this year.

The episcopal ordination of Bishop elect, Fr. Derek Fernandes who will succeed Bishop D'Mello as the second Bishop of Karwar will take place at 4.30 pm on April 20, 2007 at St. Joseph's High School grounds, Karwar. The Apostolic Nuncio in India, Most Rev. Pedro Lopez Quintana will be the principal consecrator. The Mass will be followed by a public reception at 7.00p.m.

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