Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, S.F.X., until now titular of Lisinia and auxiliary of the archdiocese of Ranchi and apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Daltonganj, as bishop of the same diocese of Daltonganj.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, S.F.X., was born on 9 November 1960 in Camurlim, in the archdiocese of Goa. He gave his first religious vows in the Society of Saint Francis Xavier on 14 June 1979, and was ordained a priest on 24 April 1988 for the same Society of Pilar. He was awarded a doctorate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.
On 9 July 2014 he was appointed titular bishop of Lisinia and auxiliary of the archdiocese of Ranchi, receiving episcopal ordination on 30 August 2014.
From 2016 to 2019 he was secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. Since 8 December 2021 he has also served as apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the diocese of Daltonganj. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 30/11/2023)