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Aloysius Paul D'Souza
Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza
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Born

21 June 1941 (age 76)

Diocese

Mangalore

Title

Bishop of Mangalore

Period in office

8 November 1996 - present

Aloysius Paul D'Souza (born 21 June 1941) is the current Bishop of Mangalore Diocese.

Early life and familyEdit

Aloysius Paul D'Souza was born on 21 June 1941 to Mathias D'Souza and Izabella D'Souza at Agrar, a town near Mangalore. He is the sixth of seven children. His family hailed from Hekkottu (near Bantwal), and had a clerical and religious background. His elder brother Charles D'Souza is one of the pastors in the Diocese of Delhi, while his elder sister Janis is a missionary nun serving in Chandigarh (Punjab), and his two nieces are also nuns. After completing his primary education at Agrar, Aloysius joined S.V.S. High School (Bantwal) in 1958, where he nurtured his desire to become a priest. The same year, he joined St. Joseph’s seminary to pursue his studies for priesthood.[1][2]

Diocesan workEdit

He was ordained as a priest on 3 December 1966. He served as an Assistant priest in Holy Cross Parish, Cordel till 1970. During this time he completed graduation from Karnataka University. Recognizing his great innate strengths and his philosophical creative thinking and understanding, Basil D’Souza, the then Bishop of Mangalore, appointed him as the Diocesan Secretary to the Bishop of Mangalore. He went to Rome to do his doctoral studies in Canon Law in 1971, where he specialized in Christian Marriage Law. He completed his studies and became the Advocate of Rota in Rome - the highest tribunal of the Catholic Church. After his return to Mangalore in 1976 from Rome, he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese and Judicial Vicar of the Diocesan Tribunal. Durig this time, he was in charge of vocations for the Diocese, and the founder Director of Gladsom Home. He was appointed first Diocesan Rector of St. Joseph’s Interdiocesan Seminary, Mangalore in 1985. He was appointed Parish Priest of St. Rita’s Church (Cascia, Mangalore) in 1987, while continuing to be the Chancellor and Judicial Vicar.[1][2]

BishopEdit

He was elected Auxiliary Bishop of Mangalore on 11 January 1996 and ordained Bishop on 15 May 1996. After Bishop Basil S. D’Souza death on 5 September 1996, he was elected Administrator of the Diocese, appointed Bishop of Mangalore on 18 December 1996, and installed in the Diocesan Cathedral on 27 December 1996.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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