New YCW bishop for India

Pope Francis has appointed Mumbai priest, Fr Bernard Lancy Pinto, former chaplain to the Mumbai YCW and to the Christian Workers movement, as coadjutor bishop of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Fr Lancy, 60, was also previously vice-director of the Joseph Cardijn Technical School, also located in Mumbai, from 1996-2007.

According to a statement released by the Archbishop of Bombay, Fr Lancy has held various positions and served on numerous commissions within the Archdiocese of Bombay, including the Employment Reconciliation Board which he also served as Chairperson of the Board.

“His deep engagement with Christian workers is evident through his role as the ecclesial adviser to the Christian Workers Movement and the Young Christian Worker Movement,” the archdiocesan statement adds. “Fr Lancy Pinto’s passion for the marginalised is further reflected in his service to the Federation for Centres for Community Organization and the Justice and Peace Commission.”

The statement continues:

He is a priest known for his unwavering commitment to serving the poor and marginalized. Having completed is bachelor’s in science he joined the diocesan Seminary. He was ordained on January 16, 1993. Fr Lancy Pinto’s early experiences in the slums of Mumbai helped shape his deep understanding of the challenges faced by those on the margins of society.

During his formative years, Fr Lancy participated in an exchange program of the worker priest movement in France, further fuelling his dedication to understanding and addressing the difficulties encountered by the common people.

Born on 20 August 1963, Fr Lancy was ordained a priest on 29 April 1997.

The Archdiocese his ministries as follows:

(Fr Lancy) began his priestly ministry as Asst. Parish Priest, St Jude Church, Jeri Meri (1993-1996), Resident Priest, Our Lady of Gloria Church, Byculla (1996-1999), Chaplain to Young Christian Workers, Mumbai (1996-2007), Assistant Director, Joseph Cardijn Technical School, Dadar (1997-2007), Parish Priest, St Antony Church, Saki Naka (1999-2005), Parish Priest, Our Lady of Dolours Church, Sonapur (2005-2010), and Member, Employment and Conciliation Code, Bombay since (2005).

He was Parish Priest, St Anthony Church, Dharavi (2010-2014), Secretary, Coordinator of Federation of Community Centre, Bombay since (2013), and the Chairperson, Justice and Peace Commission (2016).

He was Parish Priest, St Jude Church, Jeri Meri (2014-2018), Dean, Kurla Denary, Bombay (2015-2018), Parish Priest, St. Michael, Mahim, Mumbai since 2018 and Dean, North Mumbai Deanery and President, Conference of Diocesan Priests, Bombay from 2021.

SOURCES

Pope names four new prelates for India (Radio Veritas Asia)

Fr. Bernard Lancy Pinto: A Life Dedicated to Service (Archdiocese of Bombay)

Father Bernard Lancy Pinto (Catholic Hierarchy)

 

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