Ref: CBCI- Gen/ Cir - 11/2019 1st May, 2019
TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HIERARCHY
Sub: Most Rev. Derek Fernandes appointed as the new Bishop of Belgaum
Your Eminence, Your Beatitude, Your Excellency, Your Grace, Your Lordship,
In the light of the Communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed His Lordship Rt. Rev. Derek Fernandes, until now Bishop of Karwar, as the new Bishop of Belgaum.
This provision was made public in Rome on Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, at noon, corresponding to 15:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Derek Fernandes, was born on 14th May, 1954, in Sirsi, Karnataka, in the then Diocese of Belgaum. He was ordained priest for the Diocese of Belgaum on 5th May, 1979. He has a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Urbaniana University, Rome. He was Assistant Parish Priest and then Parish Priest of Holy Cross Church (1979-1983); Parish Priest of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at Modage (1983-1986); Chancellor and Procurator of the Diocese of Belgaum (1991-2002); Diocesan Administrator of Belgaum (2004-2006). He was elected Bishop of Karwar on 24th February, 2007 and consecrated on 20th April, 2007.
We send our prayerful greetings and best wishes to Bishop Derek Fernandes and assure him of our prayers. We entrust his new ministry to the maternal care of our Heavenly Mother.
Yours Sincerely in Our Lord,
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX
Secretary General, CBCI