Auxiliary Bishop appointed for Ranchi
Father Theodore Mascarenhas made the superior delegate for the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier in Europe and in 2006, an official of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
The Pope has yesterday appointed Father Theodore Mascarenhas, procurator general of the Society of St. Francis Xavier, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.
The Bishop-elect was born on November 9, 1960, in Camurlim in the Archdiocese of Goa. He studied Philosophy at St. Charles Seminary in Nagpur and Theology at the All India Mission Seminary of the Society of Pilar in Goa. He holds a Master of Arts in political science from the Nagpur University, and a licentiate and doctorate in sacred scripture form the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.
He was ordained a priest on April 24, 1988. After his ordination he has served in Punjab in North India till 1993, in parishes and in two schools as Vice-Principal and Principal. From 1994 to 2001, he was in Rome for studying for the Licentiate and Doctorate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He was the Coordinator of the works of the Society of Pilar in Rome from 1998 to 2004. In 2005, he was made the superior delegate for the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier in Europe and in 2006, an official of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
Since 2010, the procurator general of the Society of St. Francis Xavier, member of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses and lecturer in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.
Source: Agenzia Fides