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New bishop appointed for Kottar

The episcopal ordination will be held on June 29.

Bishop-elect-Fr. Nazarene Soosai
New Delhi: 

Pope Francis on May 20 appointed Father Nazarene Soosai as the new bishop of Kottar diocese in Tamil Nadu. The 54-year-old priest replaces Bishop Peter Remigius, who turned 78 on the same day.

The bishop-elect is currently the secretary of the Council of Priest of Kottar diocese as well as a member of the diocesan college of consulters.

The episcopal ordination will be held on June 29.

Bishop-elect Soosai was born at Rajakkalamangalamthurai village in Kanyakumari district on April 13, 1963, and was ordained a priest for Kottar on April 2, 1989.

He holds a licence degree in theology from Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In addition, he has master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Madurai.

He began his priestly ministry as assistant pastor of Our Lady of Presentation Church, Colachel, for a year. He was then appointed prefect of studies at the Tamil Nadu Xavier Mission Home, Nagercoil, as well as secretary of the Diocesan Commission for Vocations.

In 1992, he was appointed pastor of St. Helen’s Parish, Enayam for six years. He was also ecclesiastical assistant of Christian Life Community and secretary of the Diocesan Priests Personal Board.

He went for higher studies to Belgium in 1998. On his return in 2003, he took over as the dean and professor of theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee. He held those posts for eight years.

In 2011, he was appointed pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Ransom, Kanyakumari, and Vicar Forane. He was also visiting professor at the Poonamallee seminary as well at various other universities and Institutes.

He has taught at Madras University, Chennai; CRI Theological Institute, Bangalore; Sanon, Sambalpur, Odisha; Salesian Theological Institute, Chennai; St. Paul`s Seminary, Tiruchirapalli; Arul Kadal, Chennai.

Kottar diocese covers major parts of Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu. The 1,685-square-kilometer district has dioceses belonging to Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites that make up the Catholic Church in India. Besides Kottar, the Latin archdiocese of Trivandrum and Tuticorin diocese share the district territory along with Thuckalay the Syro-Malabar and Marthandom Syro-Malankara dioceses.

The diocese has 88 parishes and 42 mission churches served by 148 diocesan and 35 religious priests. They were assisted by 16 religious brothers and 445 nuns belonging to various congregations.

Source: Don Bosco website

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