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The Vatican announced the appointment of Father Peter Sebastian Goveas as the new bishop Bettiah on July 22, 2017. Bishop Goveas was Vicar General of Bhagalpur Diocese at the time of appointment.
Bishop Goveas was born on 8 February 1955 at Hosabettu, Hospet, Mangalore, in southern India’s Karnataka state.
After completing his secondary school, he entered St. John’s Regional Minor Seminary, Bhagapur to become a priest for the Diocese of Bhagalpur. He had his philosophy studies at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi and at Morning Star College, Barrackpore, West Bengal state and his theology at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi.
While doing his regency at Maheshmunda, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Calcutta University (1978).
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bhagalpur on December 9, 1983.
Bishop Goveas served the diocese in several capacities as parish priest, administrator of schools and diocesan consulter. In 2013 he became the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bhagalpur, an office he continued until named bishop.