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Bishop Devadass Ambrose of Thanjavur Retires

Pope Francis, in accordance with Canon 401 § 1 and with the immediate effect, has accepted the resignation of Bishop Devadass Ambrose Mariadoss (75), from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Tanjore from 4th February.

He was born in the village of Ammapet on October 6, 1947.

At Ukkadai Appavu Thevar High School, he received his basic education, and at Sri Pushpam College, he completed his Pre-University Course.

After joining St. Mary's Minor Seminary, Thanjavur in 1964, he studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul's Seminary, Trichy.

On August 5, 1974, he was ordained to the priesthood and he was appointed to the faculty of St Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.

From 1980 to 1984, he attended the Biblical Institute of Rome, and from 1991 to 1994, he attended the Catholic University of Paris.

He also holds a Diploma in Biblical Studies from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Devadass Ambrose  was nominated Bishop of Thanjavur on July 14, 1997, and ordained Bishop on September 24, 1997.

Between 2018 and 2021, he served also as the Apostolic Administrator of Tiruchirappalli.

He is known for his dedicated service, especially for the creation of new schools and colleges, to give quality education to poor children in an affordable fees structure. Now there are at least five higher education institutions with various disciplines. 


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