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Fr. Ignatius Mascarehnas Anointed Bishop of Shimla- Chandigarh Diocese


Fr. Ignatius Mascarehnas Anointed Bishop of Shimla- Chandigarh Diocese

Report by WILFRED D’SOUZA Ex General Secretary, KCA New Delhi with spot inputs from Martin P. Pinto, Ex. President KCA, New Delhi.

New Delh, Apr 5: Fr. Ignatius Loyola Mascarehnas, another proud son of Mangalore, the land that has given so many shepherds to the vineyard of the Lord, and a humble priest of the Archdiocese of Delhi, was anointed Bishop of Shimla- Chandigarh Diocese on April 3, 2009, amidst thousands of faithful of the Shimla Chandigarh Diocese, flocking from the regions of Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh & Delhi.  


The Archbishop of Delhi, the Most Rev. Dr. Vincent M. Concessao, was the main Consecrator of the Solemn Ordination Service and was assisted by Rev. Bishop Peter Celestine, Bishop of Jammu & Kashmir and Rev. Bishop Anil Couto, Bishop of Jalandhar. 













The Archbishop of Delhi, the Most Rev. Dr. Vincent M. Concessao, presided the concelebrated Holy Mass which was attended by 10 Bishops and over a hundred priests. The Bishop designate was taken in a small process at the beginning of the Holy Mass with little girls dancing to hymn marched towards the Alter of the Lord. The Papal Bull that was read by the Diocesan Administrator Fr. Thomas Anjaneekal, who said that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Fr. Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas as the new Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh Diocese on 10th. February 2009, and would take charge as the New Bishop of the Diocese of Shimla Chandigarh on the 3rd April 09 onwards. The outgoing Bishop of Chandigarh Rt. Rev. Jerald John Mathias, who is also the present Bishop of Lucknow, preached a heart-touching Homily, wherein he highlighted the task of a true shepherd and leader in these times where our faith is tested at every movement. The touching scene of the whole consecration ceremony was the time after the consecration, when the new bishop rose to exchange a brotherly embrace / hug to all his diocesan priests, who lined up welcoming him as their shepherd and leader and administering Holy Communion to his dear father Raphael Frederick Sebastian Mascarenhas, who is in his nineties now.  

More than 15,000 people took part in the meaningful, well organized liturgy that was aptly supported by the celestial diocesan choir that added the spiritual touch to the entire ceremony. The venue was the Sacred Heart School grounds, Sector 26, Chandigarh. The Diocese was without a Bishop for over a year since Rt. Rev. Jerald John Mathias was transferred to the Diocese of Lucknow. While thanking the Lord for choosing him to be a shepherd, thou unworthy he was, the new Bishop, Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas, said that his aim is to work towards the spirituality of his faithful and ACT JUSTLY, TO LOVE TENDERLY AND WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. This inspiration he dew from the Bile (Micah Chapter 6, verse 8) 

A well attended Civic Reception was organized in the Evening for the newly consecrated Bishop at the Convention Hall, Carmel Convent School, Sector-9, Chandigarh, which was to its full capacity.  The Chief Guest for the function was General S.F. Rodrigues (Retd), Governor of Punjab and Chief Administrator U.T. of Chandigarh. He was accompanied by his wife Jean Rodrigues. Felicitating the New Bishop, the Archbishop of Delhi, Most Rev. Dr. Vincent M. Concessao, highlighted the person of Bishop Ignatius and expressed his gratefulness to the service and contribution that he rendered to the Delhi Archdiocese and was very hopeful that under his care and leadership, the Shimla Chandigarh diocese is in safe hands now and expressed his support and prayers for the all round development of the diocese.


Our new Bishop Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas, was born on 3rd. June, 1949 at Kadri in Mangalore. He is the Eldest child of Raphael Frederick Sebastian Mascarenhas and Florina (Nazareth) Mascarenhas.  Those he lost his beloved mother at an early age, he is survived by his aging father (must be 92 years + now) and two sisters, who are residing in Delhi. 

After his ordination to the priesthood on the 17 Dec 1977, he served as personal secretary to the then Archbishop Angelo Fernanades from 1978-80. He was the Asst. Parish Priest of Prasad Nagar parish between 1980-81 and was the Vice Principal of Rosary School from 1981-85. Then he was made the Diocesan Youth Director, and Asst. Parish Priest of RK Puram, from 1985-91. From the year 1992-2000 he was chosen to serve in diocesan formation by becoming Rector of Minor Seminary (Vinay Gurkul at Gurgaon)  and (at Pratiskha, New Delhi) the Major seminary of the Archdiocese. From the year 2002 he took charge of the Basic / Small Christian Community Development as its Director and was also the Director, of Charismatic Renewal Movement from the year 2004-06. From the year 2006 onwards till the time he was appointed the new Bishop he was serving as the Rector of the Krist Jyoti Gurukul Regional Propaedeutic Seminary at Kauli, Patiala (Punjab). The New Bishop is also an accomplished academician who has  MA in English Literature and B. Ed degrees besides several ecclesiastical qualifications to his credit.   

The new Bishop is a good listener, always committed & dedicated to his work and finds lots of solace in his ministry, where he interacts with his people effectively, finding ways to bring them close to the Lord.  Prayerful that he is, spends lots of time in contemplation in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The new Bishop has been blessed by sense of humor and can make one feel at home and at ease, be it any tough situation. Very cool in nature and has the strength to take things in his stride as they come without any expectation. A very committed konkanite, who takes lots of pride to speak Konkani and has always made efforts, attended the KCA cultural functions at New Delhi. 


Comment on this article

  • Fr. Agnelo Barboza OP, St. Charles Seminary

    Mon, Feb 7 2011

    Will see you in Kottar in May for the ordination of Bro. Powlish

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  • Dr.C.K. George, Cochin, Kerala

    Fri, Nov 12 2010

    Dear Rt. Rev. Bishop of Shimla
    We are most happy to know that You have become the Bishop of Shimla. You may be remembering us (George, Achamma, Swapna, Lolita and Sonia) while staying in Sector 1V RK Puram during 1984-1988. You have kindly visited us when you came for for a programme of one month or so at Kanjoor near Cochin. I was then utive Director, Spices Board.

    All of us are now in USA in different places. Our three daughters settled down here. Achamma and I will be back at Cochin on 12th January 2010. Kindly give me your email id and phone numbers. We will be in touch. With prayers
    C.K. George

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  • james katuka haruna, jos -plateau-nigeria

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    congratulations on your ordination.we the entire members of catholic youth organisation of nigeria st matthew parish abbatoir jos in plateau state nigeria wish you the very best as you carry the diocese of simla-chandigarh along

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  • Myrtle D'Souza (Nee Mascarenhas), Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 16 2009

    Congratulations Bishop Ignatius Mascarenhas on your Episcopal Ordination. I wish you all happiness on your special day. May God pour out His abundant blessings of peace and joy are really wishes truly meant. I’ll say a special prayer that God will keep you in His tender care and bless you constantly and that His love goes with you everywhere all the time and that He assists you with each task you take generously in His service to the Church in the days and years to come. Congratulations, success in your Ministry and all the very best !

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  • SHEKHAR NAIR, MALERKOTLA

    Tue, Apr 7 2009

    Congratulation, Rev.Bishop Ignatius Mascarehnas Anointed As Bishop Of Shimla Chandigarh Diocese May God Bless you With Good Health & Success in your Mission. I think this is a turning point for mission Malerkotla also. Regards Shekhar, Malerkotla.

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  • frfranklin, paladka

    Mon, Apr 6 2009

    Congratulations dear bishop all the best in your given new responsibility. sirach 2. may JESUS bless youfrfrnklin, www.frfranklin.org

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  • SANTHOSH LOBO, MANGALORE

    Mon, Apr 6 2009

    Congratulations! Lord Bishop Ignatius. And I wish that Almighty God may bless with his countless blessings. Bless me Lord Bishop and pray for my family.

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  • Henry Lewis, satan/kuwait

    Mon, Apr 6 2009

    Congratulations Rev.fr.Ignatius on your appontment as bishop of shimla chandigarh.May God bless you with good health to serve the community.

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  • Rosy,, ChikMangalour/

    Mon, Apr 6 2009

    Congratulation,Fr.Ignatius Mascarehnas Anointed As Bishop Of Shimla Chandigarh Diocese May Almighty Father Bless you With Good Health & Success in your Mission thanks Daijiworld

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  • Richard fernandes, gujjadi abudhabi

    Sun, Apr 5 2009

    Congratulations to you Lord on yiur episcopal ordination.We wish you every success on your mission.

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  • Gladys Mudarth (nee Mascarenhas), Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 5 2009

    Congratulations Bishop Ignatius Loy Mascarenhas on your episcopal ordination and the choice by the Pope. I was happy to meet you end February. Please keep me and my family in your prayers especially during the Holy Week.

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  • Dolphy Paul, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 5 2009

    Dearest Fr. Ignatius, Miles you have traveled in our hearts you have taught us the lessons of Padre Pio and made us to adapt in our early days of seminary. Though I am far away from you I sincerely thank you for all your hard work towards each seminarian. My sincere & humble prayers to the All Mighty to bless you and keep you in His Love. Dolphy 1993-95 batch, Vinay Gurukul.

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  • Fr. Praveen D'Souza, OP, Shirva / Nagpur

    Sun, Apr 5 2009

    Dear and Reverend Bishop Ignatius, many a congratulations to you. May the Lord bless you mightily in your new ministry. Good luck...

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  • Lavina Sylvia Pinto, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 5 2009

    Congratulations to Fr. Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas being anointed as Bishop of Shima- Chandigarh Diocese. Let Almighty God lead him in his pastoral work. Thanks Daiji for wonderful coverage.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 4 2009

    Congrats and all the very best. Delighted that the holy father has chosen another shepherd from Mangalore. Don

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  • Fr. Joseph D' Souza OP, Mangalore/ Switzerland

    Sat, Apr 4 2009

    Dear Bishop Ignatius, Congratulations and all the very best to you in your new Ministry. In your stewardship may the people of Shimla and Chandigarh, irrespective of their religion, find a father figure. Your simplicity which I witnessed whenever I met you in Delhi, will come handy in your mission. May Almighty God give you strength and courage to stregthen the brethren and may good health be your constant companion.

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  • Maxim Pinto, Hospet/Rome

    Sat, Apr 4 2009

    Congratulations bishop Ignatius on your episcopal ordination. And I wish you all the very best for your ministry in the diocese of Simla-chandigarh.

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