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Diocese of Shimoga

Bishop Francis Serrao, S.J.
Bishop Serrao, S.J.
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Bishop Francis Serrao, S.J.
Bishop's House,
Sagar Road, Shimoga
577204, Karnataka, India

Phone: 08182 322 999, 09980072698
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Francis Serrao was born in Moodbidri, near Mangalore, southwestern India in 1959.

He joined the Society of Jesus on Jan. 3, 1979 and studied philosophy and theology at the Jnana Deepa Vidya Peeta, Pune. He also did Masters in Theology (M. Th.) at Vidya Jyothi College, Delhi.

He was ordained priest on April 30, 1992 and made his final vows in the Society of Jesus on May 1, 1999. Bishop Serrao has had a wide ranging experience in the social apostolate working among dalits and tribals mission in Anekal of Bangalore archdiocese and Mundgod mission of Karwar diocese. He also taught theology.

He was the Rector of the St. Aloysius College, the 136-year old institution in Mangalore, which has some 11,000 students from the primary to doctoral studies.

At the time of appointment as bishop, he was provincial of the Karnataka Jesuit Province, an office he has been holding for the last five years.

Ministries and offices held by the Bishop-elect are: Pastoral work in Mundgod, Karwar (1991-92); Social Action at Loyola Vikas Kendra, Mundgod (1994-97); Director of the Regional Theologate, Bangalore (1998-03); Pastor of St. Joseph Church, Anekal (2000-04); Superior, Jesuit Mission, Bajapur (2003-2004); Rector of St. Aloysius College, Mangalore (2004-09); and Provincial Superior of Karnataka Jesuit Province (since 2009).

He speaks five languages of Kannada, English, Tulu, Hindi and Konkani.

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