Basil Salvadore D'Souza

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Basil Salvadore D'Souza
Bishop of Mangalore Diocese
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Mangalore Diocese
In office1965–1996
Predecessor Raymond D'Mello
Successor Aloysius Paul D'Souza
Ordination11 May 1965
Consecrationby  James Robert Knox, Albert Vincent D'Souza, and Alphonsus Mathias
Personal details
Born(1926-05-23)23 May 1926
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Died5 September 1996(1996-09-05) (aged 70)
Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Basil Salvadore D'Souza (Konkani : बासिल साल्वादोर डी सोझा (Devanagari), ಬಸಿಲ್ ಸಲ್ವದೊರೆ ದ ಒಜ (Kannada); 23 May 1926 – 5 September 1996) was the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore from 22 March 1965 until his death on 5 September 1996. He was the longest-serving bishop in the diocese's history. [1]

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 life

Basil Salvadore D'Souza was born on 23 May 1926 in St. Lawrence parish, at Bondel, Mangalore. He was the eldest of seven children to a Mangalorean Catholic couple, Diogo and Mary D'Souza (née Pereira). The family belonged to the D'Souza-Kamath clan, a Mangalorean Catholic clan of the same area. [2] Economically, the family was poor and subsisted on income generated by cultivating betel leaves. [3] D'Souza was ordained into the priesthood on 25 March 1952. [2] He later became the manager of the Catholic Board of Education, and also served at the Kodialbail Press. [3]

Bondel Place

Bondel is a locality in Mangalore city, Karnataka, India.In airport road about 10 km from city centre of Mangalore Bus routes 19, 13, 14 etc

Mangalore City Corporation in Karnataka, India

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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.

Bishop of Mangalore Diocese

D'Souza was appointed Bishop of Mangalore Diocese on 22 March 1965, and consecrated on 11 May 1965 by Abp James Robert Knox, papal nuncio in India. [3] He would retain the post until his death, thereby becoming the longest-serving bishop of the Mangalore Diocese. [1] D'Souza was among the few participants in the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council which took place from 1962 to 1965. [1] He spearheaded the implementation of the renewal then proclaimed by the council, and became the first Indian bishop to implement the mind and spirit of the Universal Church as envisaged in the Documents of the Second Vatican Council. [3] He was responsible for the introduction of vernacular services in the diocesan churches, where until then the masses were said in Latin. [3] The Bible and other liturgical texts were translated into Konkani during his tenure. [1] He organised the welcoming arrangements for Pope John Paul II during his historic visit to Mangalore on 6 February 1986. [1]

Nuncio Papal ambassador

An apostolic nuncio is an ecclesiastical diplomat, serving as an envoy or a permanent diplomatic representative of the Holy See to a state or to an international organization. A nuncio is appointed by and represents the Holy See, and is the head of the diplomatic mission, called an Apostolic Nunciature, which is the equivalent of an embassy. The Holy See is legally distinct from the Vatican City or the Catholic Church. A nuncio is usually an archbishop.

Second Vatican Council Roman Catholic ecumenical council held in Vatican City from 1962 to 1965

The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, commonly known as the Second Vatican Council or Vatican II, addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world. The council, through the Holy See, was formally opened under the pontificate of Pope John XXIII on 11 October 1962 and was closed under Pope Paul VI on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December 1965.

Latin Indo-European language of the Italic family

Latin is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. The Latin alphabet is derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabets and ultimately from the Phoenician alphabet.

D'Souza's long tenure saw the establishment of several new parishes (mainly in the remote villages) and institutions such as family guidance centres. [2] He founded a new mission outside the Mangalore Diocese at Bidar in northern Karnataka, where the number of Christians was small. [2] He adopted the place as a missionary territory, and it later became a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gulbarga. [1] D'Souza served as Chairman of the CBCI Commission of Vocations, in which capacity he founded the National Vocation Centre at Poona. [2] He also founded the Chair of Christianity at Mangalore University in 1987. [2]

Bidar City in Karnataka

Bidar is a hill top city in the north-eastern part of Karnataka state in India. It is the headquarters of the Bidar which borders Maharashtra and Telangana. It is a rapidly urbanising city in the wider Bidar Metropolitan area. The city is well known for its many sites of architectural, historical and religious importance.

Karnataka State in southern India

Karnataka is a state in the south western region of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act. Originally known as the State of Mysore, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973. The state corresponds to the Carnatic region. The capital and largest city is Bangalore.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gulbarga in India was created on 24 June 2005. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Its first bishop is Rev. Robert Miranda. The parish church Mother Mary of Divine Grace in Gulbarga will be the cathedral for the diocese. It was the 150th diocese of India, and the 120th of Latin Rite.


D'Souza died of heart attack on 5 September 1996. [3] During his time of death, D'Souza was just five years away from retirement [3] His remains were interred at the Rosario Cathedral on 9 September 1996. [1] On 8 November, he was succeeded as Bishop of Mangalore Diocese by Aloysius Paul D'Souza. [4]

Aloysius Paul D'Souza is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore. He was consecrated on 8 November 1996, succeeding his predecessor Basil Salvadore D'Souza.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Book on unknown aspects of late Bishop Basil D'Souza to be released". Mangalore Today. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Lobo 2000 , p. 223
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Fr Baptist Menezes to Unveil Late Bishop Basil's 'The Unknown' Side on Sep 5". Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd Mangalore. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. "Rev. Dr. Aloysius P. D'Souza (Mangalorean Star: May, 2006)". May 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2012.

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