Saturday, September 15, 2007

Leo Cornelio to be New Bhopal Archbishop

New Archbishop Of Bhopal To Be Installed On Sunday

New Delhi, Sep 15, 2007: Archbishop Leo Cornelio will be installed as the new Archbishop of Bhopal on Sunday, Sep. 16.

A solemn Eucharistic celebration will be held at 2.30 pm on the St. Joseph’s School Grounds, Bhopal.

The Apostolic Nuncio in India Archbishop Pedro López Quintana, Emeritus Archbishop of Bhopal Pascal Topno, CBCI secretary general Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandez, bishops of MP & Chhatisgarh region and archbishops and bishops from other parts of the country are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

Priests, representatives of religious communities and faithful of Khandwa also will be attending the ceremony to pray for their outgoing Bishop.

The Eucharistic celebration will be followed by a felicitation function which will be attended among many other dignitaries by the governor of MP, Dr Balram Jhakkar and MP chief minister Mr Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Leo Cornelio, formerly Bishop of Khandwa as the new Archbishop of Bhopal. At the same time, the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of the incumbent Archbishop of Bhopal Paschal Topno who completed seventy five years today.

A member of the religious congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), Bishop Cornelio has been the Bishop of Khandwa for nearly 8 years.

Since June 1988, prior to his appointment as Bishop of Khandwa, then Fr Leo Cornelio served as the consultor general of the Society of the Divine Word, Rome for nearly twelve years.

The newly appointed Archbishop Cornelio was born on March 14, 1945 in Kukkunje, near the coastal city of Udupi in Karnataka. After completing his primary schooling in his native place, at the early age of thirteen he was recruited by well known SVD German missionary, Fr. Peter Verhalen, and was admitted to Rajeshwar Vidhyalaya, Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. There he continued his studies from 1958 to 1962.

After completing two years in an apostolic school of the Divine Word Society, where he studied Latin and other disciplines meant to integrate his life with spiritual and intellectual training, he joined the novitiate (1964-66) for spiritual and religious formation.

After his first profession, he graduated with a B. Ph and a B. Th. at the Papal Athenaeum, Pune in the year 1968 and 1972 respectively.

After his philosophical studies, he was assigned to an Institution in Goa for an intensive year of training exposure. During this time, he helped in the construction of the SVD seminary and taught the students English and mathematics.

Having made the Religious Profession on June 11, he was ordained a priest in his native parish Mount Rosary Church, Kallianpur on November 14 by the then Bishop of Mangalore, Bishop Basil S. D' Souza.

Soon after his ordination, he joined Gyan Ashram, Mumbai to assist Fr. George Proksch SVD, a German missionary who made significant contribution to music, dance and Hindi writings.

Later, he was assigned to an institution in Dohad, Baroda Diocese. He worked for eleven years there, first as teacher and vice principal of St. Stephen's Higher Secondary School and as assistant parish priest of St. Joseph's Parish. During this time, he actively involved himself in teaching, pastoral work, and youth activities.

In June 1983 he traveled to Rome for a spiritual and theological course.

On his return to India in 1984, he was elected as provincial superior of the SVD Central Indian province with its headquarters in Indore. Three year later, in 1987, he was re-elected to the same position.

In June 1988, at an SVD General Chapter held in Rome, he was elected a consultor general. He served for two terms of six years each in that position,.

As a general councilor, he has traveled far and wide in U.S., Canada, Australia, Caribbean islands and a good number of countries in South America, Africa, Asia as well as Europe.

Already acquainted with several Indian languages and English as an international language of communication, he took time to learn five other foreign languages - Italian, Spanish, French, German and Indonesian - to be able to read, write and converse in them.

Almost towards the fag end of his second term as general councilor, Pope John Paul II appointed him as bishop of Khandwa Diocese. As a dedicated shepherd, he promoted the educational and social development apostolates in a big way.

At present, he is a member of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People for the second successive term.

Also, he is the chairman of the CBCI Commission for Youth and chair-person of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) as well as for YCS/YSM, both at the national and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh levels.

Besides, he is a member of the CBCI Commission for Social Communications and also the financial administrator for the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Regional Major Seminaries at Bhopal and Ashta.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Catholic Directory of Bombay: 2007-2008

The Catholic Directory of Bombay: 2007-2008

The twenty-fifth edition of the Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Bombay is now available at Rs 70.00 during the Office hours (9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) at the following places upto October 31, 2007:

a) Bandra - Diocesan Catechetical Centre - Ms Vitaline Serrao
b) Fort - Archbishop’s House - Fr Barthol Barretto
c) Goregaon - St Pius X College - Fr John Rodrigues
d) Thane - St John the Baptist Church - Fr John Rumao
e) Uttan - Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra - Fr Hilary Fernandes

From November 01, 2007 the directories will be available only at Archbishop’s House, Fort.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

DD Retreat By Fr. Conrad Saldanha - September 2007

Discipline and Discernment

DDOOR Ministries

Yearning For God In The Silence Of Our Hearts

The Discipline and Discernment retreat is a beautiful program designed for the growth of every aspect of one's personality. It is a wonderful blend of the traditional Catholic spirituality with a Charismatic dimension. Many experience healing and deliverance along with tremendous transformation of personality and change of attitude.

"Life is not the same and there is no confusion whether in my family or business" - A testimony by one of the retreatants, that bears evidence to its effectiveness, need and significance. Today it's one of the most popular and sought after silent retreat in the archdiocese of Bombay.

Experience the greatest form of Love - The Love of God

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. - Proverbs 8:17

In Goa

Dates: Sep 14(Fri. 5.30pm) to Sep 19(Wed. 4.30pm)

Venue: Franciscan Monastery, Montegiri, Mapusa, Goa

In Bombay


a) 20th Oct to 25 Oct 07
b) 9th Nov to 14th Nov 07
c) 17th Nov to 22nd Nov 07
d) 30th Nov to 5th Dec 07

Venue: Vinalaya, Andheri (E)


Call: Sunny 9225900207 [Mapusa], Annette 9860956077 [Navellim]/Edna Godinho 95832-2459464 /9822160749 (Bambolim)/Engracia: 95832-2750936 [Margao]/Reeta: 09819828660 [Mumbai]/Guilhermina: 09819828667 [Mumbai]


Total Fees: Rs. 650/- per person

Advance: Rs. 250/- (non-refundable), Balance: Rs. 400/- at the Venue

He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly (lack of discernment) he is lost. Prov. 5:23

Let's arise and walk toward the light of the Lord

Seek first his kingdom & his righteousness, & all these things will be given to you as well. Matt: 6:33

Note to Retreatants

1. This is a 5-day retreat conducted by Fr. Conrad and Team.

2. The fee covers your stay, food and administrative expenses.

3. The retreat begins at 6.30 pm on the first day. You are requested to assemble
at the venue between 4.30 and 6.00 pm.

4. Retreatants are requested to carry the following necessary items:

- Bible
- Rosary
- Toiletries
- Two bed sheets
- Pen & note pad
- Any other items that need to be blessed

5. As the number of seats is limited, request you to register at the earliest.

Posted by Mariza Ferrao

Friday, September 07, 2007

MANGALORE: EWTN Transmission Begins

MANGALORE: Catholics Rejoices as Cable Operators Relay EWTN

MANGALORE September 7, 2007 ( One day ahead of their popular Marian feast, 'Monti Fest', Catholics in Mangalore cannot believe their ears as they hear that EWTN, the leading global Catholic TV Channel is now being relayed to their homes by the city's cable operators.

"It was like tasting heaven for some time" said Joannes Rodrigues, an engineering student in the city who couldn't wait to get home to check it out.

Joannes along with a small group of like minded friends has been working behind the scenes for the last three years in order to make EWTN known in the city. "It is doing the work of the Lord that gives greater joy than owning the latest mobile phone" he said expressing his joy over the news.

Eternal Word Television Network, EWTN was started by Poor Clare nun, Mother M. Angelica in Alabama, USA, on August 15, 1981. Now in its 27th year of service, it is the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24 hours a day to more than 123 million homes in 140 countries and territories on more than 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users.

Taking the lead from Joannes, Fr. Victor Vijay Lobo, the Communications Director of Mangalore Diocese successfully negotiated the possibility of EWTN transmission with 'V-4', the partnership of the major cable operators in the city. Their service extends also to the towns of Belthangady, Moodabidri, Karkal and Bantwal.

Explaining the general lack of ongoing catechetical formation, Fr. Vijay said, "Many people do not know how to answer the faith questions posed to them by Christian Fundamentalists." He believes that "EWTN will greatly help in strengthening the faith of the people by giving them the real teachings of the Catholic Church."

When asked if the viewers will be able to follow the English broadcasts, Fr. Vijay said, "Though English is not understood in the villages, it is well understood by the youth and especially those in the city."

"In any case, one can always watch the programs like the the Rosary, Mass, live broadcasts of Papal pilgrimages and events like the upcoming World Youth Day in Sydney next year", he remarked with optimism.

In order to make EWTN known to Catholics in and around Mangalore, Fr. Vijay plans to have announcements made in Churches, parish publications and through handbills.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

UDUPI: Christian Life Programme by SFC

UDUPI: SFC to Organise Christian Life Programme on September 9, 2007

Kallianpur unit (Udupi District/Mangalore Diocese) Singles for Christ (SFC) is organising a Christian Life Programme (CLP) for singles over the age of 21 at Udupi from September 9, 2007.

Singles for Christ (SFC), the youth wing of Couples for Christ (CFC) aims to provide a Christian support environment for single men and women who are at the crossroads of their state of life, choosing between marriage, a religious vocation, or single blessedness. It is now established in India and in many key cities and states of other countries around the world.

The programme will be held at Don Bosco hall in the Mother of Sorrows Church premises and the first orientation talk will be given on September 9 at 3.30 pm.

For more details contact Vivian Cornelio (9844994484), or Michael Mendonca (9845150642)

Posted by Michael Mendonca