01. September 2014
MWI-Alumni, Rev. Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, India, and Titular See of Lysinia

The dissertation of Rev. Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas published with the help of the MWI

The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Fr Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, currently an Official of the Pontifical Council for Culture as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, India, assigning him the Titular See of Lysinia.

Rev. Dr. Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, was born on November 9, 1960, in Camurlim, Archdiocese of Goa. He studied Philosophy at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur, Maharashtra, and Theology at the All India Mission Seminary, the Society of Pilar, Goa. Later, he earned a Masters of Arts in Political Science at Nagpur and then a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

From 1999 until 2002 he was a scholarship holder of the Institute of Missiology.

He made his first religious profession in the Society of St. Francis Xavier, June 14, 1979 and was ordained a priest on April 24, 1988.

After his ordination he held the following positions:


Pastoral work in Punjab, North India, in the parishes and in two schools as Vice-Principal and Principal


Studies for the Licentiate and Doctorate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome


Coordinator of the works of the Society of Pilar in Rome and responsible for overseeing the postulation of the cause for beatification of the Venerable Father Agnelo SFX


Delegate Superior for the Society of Pilar in Europe


Official of the Pontifical Council for Culture


Procurator General of the Society of St. Francis Xavier, Member of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and professor of Sacred Scripture at the Gregorian University and the Angelicum, in Rome


The MWI congratulates his former scholarship holder and wishes him success, pleasure and God's blessings for his new assignments. 

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"I celebrated my golden jubilee of my priesterhood with a three-day pilgrimage by foot with my former parish and with a High Mass. I look back with gratitude, praying for the MWI scholarship holders and their way with their communities. In favor of a donation for thescholarship holders I dispensed with gifts in order to express my spiritual and material solidarity with still emerging church in the south."

Pastor Günther Ludwig