Francis Serrao appointed Shimoga Bishop
Father Serrao will be the third Bishop to head the Shimoga diocese.
Karnataka’s Jesuit Provincial Father Francis Serrao was appointed the new Bishop of Shimoga yesterday. A theology professor, the bishop-elect is a known social worker in the southern state.
Father Serrao will be the third Bishop to head the Shimoga diocese. The post has been vacant since the transfer of Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo to head the Diocese of Udupi as its first Bishop in 2012.
Father Serrao was born on August 15, 1959, at Moodbidri of Mangalore diocese, as the youngest child of Piedade Serrao and Gracy Mary. Of his 10 siblings, 5 are priests and one a nun.
He completed his training in Satya Nilayam, Chennai, and Jnana Deepa Vidya Peetha, Pune, and ordained priest on April 30, 1992.
After a rich apostolic service in parish ministries, he was appointed Superior of the Bijapur Jesuit Mission and rector of St Aloysius College, Mangalore, in 2004. He was appointed Provincial Superior of Karnataka Jesuit Province in 2009 and has been teaching theology to Jesuit students preparing for priesthood.
Fluent in English, Kannada, Tulu, Konkani and Hindi, the bishop-elect is known for his humane approach, friendly nature, love for the poor, hard work, interpersonal skills and administrative abilities.
The Shimoga Diocese comprises districts of Shimoga, Chitradurga and Davangere and has 20 parishes, 10 independent mission centres with resident priests and 20 sub-stations. The diocese has around 21,000 Catholics served by 51 diocesan and 18 religious priests, ten religious brothers and about 200 religious sisters belonging to 23 different congregations.
Source: Daijiworld Media Network