Rev. Dr J B Saldanha assumes office as new PRO of Diocese of Mangalore

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MANGALURU, NOV 22 : Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, bishop of Mangalore has appointed Rev. Dr John Baptist Saldanha, parish priest of St Francis Xavier’s Church, Bejai, Mangalore as the new PRO for the diocese of Mangalore for a period of three years. He will assume his office today, November 22, 2021 and will work along with Mr Roy Castelino, Lay PRO appointed last year.

Fr Vijay Victor Lobo, procurator, diocese of Mangalore was holding this office. Fr Vijay Lobo has recently completed his term as PRO.

Currently, Fr J B Saldanha serves as the Parish Priest of Bejai Church and Manager of the prestigious Lourdes Central School, Bejai.

In addition, Fr J B Saldanha has been also appointed as the diocesan spiritual director of Catholic Sabha with effect from November 15. This office was lying vacant due to the sudden demise of Fr Mathew Vas.

In the past, Fr J B Saldanha has served as the Professor and Head of Chair in Christianity, Mangalore University, and in various capacities.

Fr J B Saldanha holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and MA in Sociology (Osmania University), MA in Applied Ethics (Leuven University, Belgium), MA in Religious Studies (Leuven University, Belgium), diploma in Depth Counselling and Diploma in Developmental Journalism. He has several books and religious articles to his credit.

The diocese of Mangalore remains grateful to Rev. Fr Vijay Victor Lobo for his service and welcomes the New PRO, Rev. Dr J.B. Saldanha.

Contact details of Fr J.B. Saldanha:
Mobile: +91 94480 38051,
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