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Auxiliary Bishop Simiao Purificaçao Fernandes
Auxiliary Bishop Purificaçao Fernandes
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Auxiliary Bishop Simiao Purificaçao Fernandes
Paco Patriarcal,
P.O. Box 216, Altinho, Panjim,
Goa-403001, India

Phone: (0832)2223.353; 2225.291

Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Simiao Purificaçao Fernandes as auxiliary bishop of Goa and Damão archdiocese on April 6.

Bishop Fernandes was born on Dec. 21, 1967, in Chandor in the archdiocese of Goa and Damão. He studied philosophy and theology at the Patriarchal Seminary in Rachol, and was ordained a priest on May 10, 1993, for the archdiocese of Goa and Damão.

After ordination, he first held the role of deputy parish priest of Saint Thomas in Aldona (1993-1996) and Saint Michael in Taleigao (1996-1998). After obtaining a licentiate in sacred Scriptures from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a doctorate in biblical theology from the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth in Pune, he went on to serve as visiting professor in sacred Scriptures at the Patriarchal Seminary in Rachol (2005-2018), administrator of the Holy Family parish in Marcela (2006-2013), director of the Saint Pius X Pastoral Institute of the archdiocese of Goa and Damão, head of the Apostolate for Ecumenism (since 2018), and coordinator of the ongoing formation of the clergy and coordinator of the diocesan phase of the Synod (since 2023).

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Raul Nicolau Gonsalves (1978 - 2004)
  • Archbishop José Vieira Alvernaz (1953 -1975)
  • Archbishop José Cardinal da Costa Nuñes (1940 -1953)
  • Archbishop Teotonio Emanuele Ribeira Vieira de Castro (1929 -1940)
  • Archbishop Matheus de Oliveira Xavier (1909 -1929 )
  • Archbishop Antonio Sebastião Valente (1881 -1908)
  • Archbishop Aires de Ornelas de Vasconcelos (1874 -1880)
  • Archbishop João Crisóstomo de Amorim Pessoa, O.F.M. (1861 -1874 )
  • Archbishop Manuel Santo Galdino, O.F.M. (1812 -1831)
  • Archbishop Manuel de Santa Catarina, O.C.D. (1783-1812 )
  • Archbishop Francisco da Assumpção e Brito, O.S.A. (1773 -1783 )
  • Archbishop Lourenço de Santa Maria (1742 -1752 )
  • Archbishop Eugénio Trigueiros, O.S.A. (1740 -1741 )
  • Archbishop Inácio de Santa Teresa, O.S.A. (1721 -1740 )
  • Archbishop Aleixo de Meneses (1595 - 1612 )
  • Archbishop Mateus de Medina (1588 - 1592 )
  • Archbishop Gaspar de Leão Pereira (1560 - 1567)

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