MOST REV. FRANCIS SERRAO SJ.

   Bishop of Shimoga

   Residence & Office : Bishop's House, Malligenhalli, Sagar Road,  Shimoga - 577 205

   Born                      : August 15, 1959   
   Ordained Priest   : April 30, 1992   
   Elected Bishop    : March 19, 2014   
   Ordained Bishop : May 07, 2014 


Bishop Francis Serrao was born on August 15, 1959 in Moodbidri, Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, Bishop Francis is the youngest of the 11 children, 6 of them are priests - 2 diocesan, 2 SVDs, and two Jesuits, and a sister a religious nun.
     
He was ordained a priest on April 30, 1992 and made his final vows in the Society of Jesus on May 1, 1999. He has had a wide ranging experience in the social apostolate working among dalits and tribals in Anekal (Bangalore Archdiocese) and Mundgod (Karwar Diocese) mission stations.

He has been teaching theology to the Jesuit students of theology, preparing themselves for priesthood. He was the Rector of the St. Aloysius College, the 136-year old institution in Mangalore. It imparts education to over eleven thousand students from the primary to doctoral studies.
 
On March 19, 2014 the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Francis Serrao sj as the Bishop of the Diocese of Shimoga. He was appointed as the third bishop of Diocese of Shimoga and was ordained as Bishop on 07 May, 2014 by Archbishop Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio of India, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shimoga. “Service of Faith Fullness of Life is the pastoral motto of the Bishop.

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