Aloysius Paul D'Souza

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His Excellency

Aloysius Paul D'Souza
Bishop of Mangalore
Church Roman Catholic church
See Diocese of Mangalore
In office1996–2018
Predecessor Basil Salvadore D'Souza
Successor Peter Paul Saldanha
Ordination8 November 1966
Consecrationby  Basil Salvadore D'Souza, Alphonsus Mathias and Patrick Paul D'Souza
Personal details
Born (1941-06-21) 21 June 1941 (age 78)
Bantwal, Karnataka, India
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Aloysius Paul D'Souza (Konkani : अलोय्सिउस पौल डी सोझा (Devanagari), ಎಲೋಷಿಯಸ್ ಪಾವ್ಲ್ ಡಿ'ಸೋಜಾ (Kannada); born 21 June 1941) is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore. He was consecrated on 8 November 1996, succeeding his predecessor Basil Salvadore D'Souza.

Konkani language Indo-Aryan language spoken in India

Konkani is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by Konkani people along the western coast of India. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages mentioned in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution and the official language of the Indian state of Goa. The first Konkani inscription is dated 1187 A.D. It is a minority language in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

Devanagari Writing script for many Indian and Nepalese languages

Devanagari, also called Nagari, is a left-to-right abugida (alphasyllabary), based on the ancient Brāhmī script, used in the Indian subcontinent. It was developed in ancient India from the 1st to the 4th century CE and was in regular use by the 7th century CE. The Devanagari script, composed of 47 primary characters including 14 vowels and 33 consonants, is one of the most adopted writing systems in the world, being used for over 120 languages. The ancient Nagari script for Sanskrit had two additional consonantal characters.

The Kannada script is an abugida of the Brahmic family, used primarily to write the Kannada language, one of the Dravidian languages of South India especially in the state of Karnataka, Kannada script is widely used for writing Sanskrit texts in Karnataka. Several minor languages, such as Tulu, Konkani, Kodava, Sanketi and Beary, also use alphabets based on the Kannada script. The Kannada and Telugu scripts share high mutual intellegibility with each other, and are often considered to be regional variants of single script. Other scripts similar to Kannada script are Sinhala script, and Old Peguan script (used in Burma).


Early years

Aloysius Paul D'Souza was born on 21 June 1941 in Hekkotu, a neighbourhood in the Agrar suburb of Bantwal, Dakshina Kannada. [1] He was the sixth of seven children to Mathias and Isabella D'Souza. [1] The family belonged to the D'Souza-Kamath clan, a Mangalorean Catholic clan of the same area. [2] One of his brothers Fr. Charles D'Souza is a pastor in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi, and one of his sisters Sr. Janis A.C., is a nun in Chandigarh. [1] He completed his primary education at Agrar, and did his pre-university studies at the S. V. S. High School in Bantwal. [1] In 1958, the same year of joining the high school, he joined the St. Joseph's seminary to study for the priesthood. [1]

Bantwal Town in Karnataka, India

Bantwal is a taluk in Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, India. It is located 25 km (16 mi) East of Mangalore city.

Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka, India

Dakshina Kannada is a district in the state of Karnataka in India. Sheltered by the Western Ghats on the east and surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Dakshina Kannada receives abundant rainfall during the monsoon. It is bordered by Udupi District to the north, Chikmagalur district to the northeast, Hassan District to the east, Kodagu to the southeast and Kasaragod District in Kerala to the south. The district has three agro-climatic divisions:

  1. Coastal region consisting of Mangalore, Ullal and Mulki taluks
  2. Intermediate area consisting of Moodabidri and Bantwal taluks
  3. Malnad region consisting of Sullia, Belthangady, Puttur and Kadaba taluks.
Mangalorean Catholics Latin Rite Roman Catholic community in southwestern India

Mangalorean Catholics are an ethno-religious community of Catholics following the Latin Rite from the Mangalore Diocese on the southwestern coast of Karnataka, India. They are Konkani people and speak the Konkani language.

Diocesan work

D'Souza was ordained as a priest on 3 December 1966, [2] and served as Assistant Priest of the Holy Cross Church, Cordel until 1970. [1] During this time, he graduated from Karnataka University. [1] Impressed by his competence and his creativeness and knowledge of Roman Catholic theology, the then Bishop of Mangalore Basil Salvadore D'Souza appointed D'Souza as the Diocesan Secretary. [1] In 1971, the Diocesean authorities sent him to Rome to do a doctorate in canonical law, where he specialised in Christian Marriage Law. [2] Upon completing his doctorate, he was subsequently appointed as an Advocate of Roman Rota —the supreme tribunal of Catholic Church, thereby becoming the first Indian priest to achieve this distinction. [2] D'Souza is one of only two Indians to qualify as an Advocate of Roman Rota , in which capacity he was Judicial Vicar of the Mangalore Tribunal from 1984. [2]

The Holy Cross Church is a Roman Catholic church situated at Cordel in the Kulshekar locality of Mangalore. It caters to nearly 6,500 people distributed in 32 Varados. Although the church was not yet built then, the French missionary, Fr. Jean-Antoine Dubois served as the first parish priest of the Cordel parish from 1873, until his death on 12 December 1877. His service to the parishioners of Cordel gave him the nickname "Fraadh Saibh of Cordel".

The Roman Rota, formally the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota, and anciently the Apostolic Court of Audience, is the highest appellate tribunal of the Catholic Church, with respect to both Latin-rite members and the Eastern-rite members and is, with respect to judicial trials conducted in the Catholic Church, the highest ecclesiastical court constituted by the Holy See. An appeal may be had to the pope himself, who is the supreme ecclesiastical judge. The Catholic Church has a complete legal system, which is the oldest in the West still in use. The court is named Rota (wheel) because the judges, called auditors, originally met in a round room to hear cases. The Rota was established in the 13th century.

D'Souza returned to Mangalore in 1976, and was appointed the chancellor of the Mangalore Diocese in 1977. [2] During this time, he was in charge of vocations and founded Gladson Home, a minor seminary in Bolar. [1] He simultaneously held the posts of the Vicar of the Cascia parish from 1988 as well as that of the Director of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women from 1985. [2] In 1995, he became the first Diocesan priest to be appointed as the first Rector of St. Joseph's Seminary in Jeppu. [1]

Bolara or Bolar is a inner city locality in Mangalore City, Karnataka, India.

A vicar is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a superior. Linguistically, vicar is cognate with the English prefix "vice", similarly meaning "deputy". The title appears in a number of Christian ecclesiastical contexts, but also as an administrative title, or title modifier, in the Roman Empire. In addition, in the Holy Roman Empire a local representative of the emperor, perhaps an archduke, might be styled "vicar".

Jeppu is a locality in Mangalore city, Karnataka, India. It is situated on the southern part of Mangalore. Jeppu is on the bank of Nethravathi River. The National Highway 17 (India) passes through this locality.

Bishop of Mangalore Diocese

On 11 January 1996, the Holy See under Pope John Paul II appointed D'Souza as Auxiliary Bishop of the Mangalore Diocese. [2] Upon Bishop Basil Salvadore D'Souza's sudden death in 1996, he was appointed as titular Bishop on 15 May of the same year. [1] On 27 December, he was formally installed as Bishop of Mangalore. [1]

Holy See Episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, Italy

The Holy See, also called the See of Rome, refers to the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope, which includes the apostolic episcopal see of the Diocese of Rome with universal ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the worldwide Catholic Church, as well as a sovereign entity of international law.

Pope John Paul II 264th Pope and saint of the Catholic Church

Pope John Paul II was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005.

After becoming Bishop, D'Souza finalised the construction work of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre wherein nine centres are headed by Priests. [1] He strengthened the Canara Organization for Development and Peace (CODP) Institution, and was instrumental in the establishment of Father Muller Medical College; inaugurating its opening in 1999. [1] He is currently the Chairman of Family Living Commission of Central Council of Bishops of India. [1] D'Souza also spearheaded the opening of many other colleges, High schools and Primary schools. [1] He developed and initiated a "Ten Point Program" to be followed in diocese masses, regardless of class, creed or religious affiliation. [1]

Father Muller Medical College, located about a kilometre from the National Highway-17 at Kankanady in Mangalore, is a religious minority educational institution forming a part of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions (FMCI). It is famous for being one of the oldest hospitals in Mangalore.

D'Souza organised the World Konkani Conference and the All India Bishops Conference in Mangalore. [1] He translated the Bible into Konkani in a mini-pocket form. [1] He has made strenuous efforts into propagating Roman Catholicism in Mangalore, as well as promoting communal harmony among the local populace. [1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 "Rev. Dr. Aloysius P. D'Souza (Mangalorean Star: May, 2006)". May 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Lobo 2000 , p. 225

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