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Bishop Elias Frank
Bishop Frank
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Bishop Elias Frank
Sacred Heart Presbytery,
G.T. Road West, Asansol-713301,
Burdwan Dt., West Bengal, India

Phone: (0341) 2282836

Pope Francis appointed Father Elias Frank as the bishop of Asansol on July 03, 2023.

Bishop Frank was born on Aug. 15, 1962, in Bantwal in Mangalore diocese.
After completing school studies, he joined St. John Mary Vianney Seminary in Barasat and did his philosophy studies at Morning Star Regional Seminary in Barrackpore and theology studies at Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome.

He was ordained a priest on April 23, 1993.

After his priestly ordination, from 1993 to 1995, Bishop Frank was a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church, Burdwan.

From 1995 to 1996, he was the priest-in-charge of Kristo Jyothi Church, Basinda, and from 1996 to 1999, he became parochial vicar again at Sacred Heart Church, Burdwan.
After the creation of the Asansol diocese, from 2002 to 2003, he was the parish administrator of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Durgapur. From 2005 to 2006, he was the parish priest of Sacred Heart Church, Burdwan.

During the years 2005–2006, he served as a judge at the Inter-Diocesan Tribunal of Kolkata.
From 1999 to 2001, he did his higher studies at Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome and earned a Licentiate in Canon Law in 2001–2002, a Diploma in Jurisprudence, and a Doctorate in Canon Law in 2003–2004.

From 2007 until now, he has been a professor of "The Sanctifying Office of the Church" in the faculty of canon law at the same university.

Since 2020, he has also been a visiting professor at "Accademai Alfonsiana." He has published two books and numerous articles in various scientific journals.

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