July 24, 2017: His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Peter Sebastian Goveas, of the clergy of Bhagalpur , as the New Bishop of Bettiah. His provision was made public in Rome on Saturday 22th July 2017, at noon local time, corresponding to 15:30 hours, IST.
Rev. Fr. Peter Sebastian Goveas was born on 8th February, 1955 at Hosabettu, Hospet, Mangalore, Diocese of Mangalore, Karnataka.
After the Secondary School, he entered St. John’s Regional Minor Seminary, Bhagalpur, to become a prisest for the Diocese of Bhagalpur. He did his Philosophy studies at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi(1975) and at Morning Star College, Barrackpore, West Bengal (1975-1978) and his Theology at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi (1979-1983). He did Regency at Maheshmunda (). He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Calcutta University (1978). He was ordained Priest on 9 December 1983 for the Diocese of Bhagalpur.
He served the Diocese in the following assignments: Assistant Parish Priest at Christ the King Church, Damruhat (1983); parish Priest at Damruhat (1984-1988); Parish Priest at St. Pius X Church, Maheshmunda (1988-1997); Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Church, Susni (1997-2009); Parish Priest at St. Clare’s Church, Dakiata (from 2009).
In 2013, he was also Administrator of St. Thomas School, Dakiata and in 2014, of St. Thomas School, Damri; Dean of Lalmatia Deanery (2009-2013), Diocesan Consulter from 2008 and Member of the Parish Council from 2009; From 2009, Vicar General of thr Diocese of Bhagalpur.