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India: Pope names Auxiliary Bishop of Goa and Daman Archdiocese

Father Simião Purifição Fernandes, newly appointed auxiliary bishop for Daman and Goa Archdiocese, India (Photo: In Goa 24x7)

Pope Francis has appointed Father Simião Purificação Fernandes (57) as the Auxiliary Bishop of Goa and Daman, western Goa.

On April 6, 2024, this appointment became public in Rome.

The clergy of Goa and Daman Archdiocese is currently directors of the St. Pius X Pastoral Institute. 

Father Fernandes was born on December 21, 1967, in Chandor, Goa. 

The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman ordained him as a priest on May 10, 1993.

He studied philosophy and theology at the Patriarchal Seminary in Rachol. He obtained a license from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a doctorate in biblical theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth in Pune.

After his priestly ordination, the 57-year-old priest was assistant to Aldona (1993–1996) and assistant parish priest in Taleigao (1996–1998). He was in charge of pastoral care at the Parish of Sao Pedro (1996–1997) and Parish Administrator of the Parish of Holy Family, Marcela (2006–2013).

He was the External Professor of Scared Scripture at Patriarchal Seminary, Rachol (2005–2018) and in charge of the Apostolate for Ecumenism (2006–2018).

He served as director of the St. Pius X Pastoral Institute from 2018 until now. 

From 2021 until now, he has been the coordinator of the ongoing formation of clergy, and since 2023, he has been co-coordinator of the diocesan phase of the Synod. 

He is also the Director of Communio of the Goa Archdiocese, and under his able leadership, the Goa Archdiocesan Communio has successfully mobilized funds for the past three years, surpassing collections in any other diocese in India. - With input from Stephen Alathara 


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