The Holy Father Pope Francis has announced the appointment of six new Bishops for the Church in India.
A Vatican statement dated January 13, 2024 indicates the acceptance of resignation of Bishop Gerald Almeida from the Diocese of Jabalpur, India, and appointed Reverend Valan Arasu as the new Bishop for the same Diocese.
The newly appointed Bishop Valan Arasu, formerly the head of Saint Aloysius College, will now take on the responsibility of guiding the Diocese of Jabalpur, with a focus on the spiritual well-being of its community.
Another significant change took place in the Diocese of Kumbakonam, where Bishop Antonisamy Francis resigned. The Holy Father appointed Reverend Jeevanandam Amalanathan, the former Vicar General of the Diocese, as the new Bishop of Kumbakonam.
The Diocese of Kuzhithurai will also have Reverend Albert George Alexander Anastas, previously a Professor at Saint Paul’s Seminary in the Diocese of Tiruchirappalli, as its new Bishop.
In the Diocese of Meerut, the Pope has appointed Reverend Bhaskar Jesuraj as Bishop. Formerly the deputy secretary of the Agra Regional Bishops’ Council and head of Saint Clare’s Senior Secondary School in Agra, Bishop Bhaskar Jesuraj is expected to bring his extensive experience to the Diocese.
The Diocese of Karwar will also welcome a new bishop, Reverend Duming Dias, who was the director of the Sannidhi Pastoral Renewal Centre of Shimoga.
In addition to these appointments, Reverend Justin Alexander Madathiparambil, who served as the Vicar General of the Diocese of Vijayapuram, has been named as Auxiliary Bishop of the same diocese, with the titular see of Lysinia.