Mangalurean Fr Jerome Cutinha takes charge as new provincial of Jamshedpur Jesuit province

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Jamshedpur, Aug 1: Fr Dr Jerome Cutinha SJ was read in as the new provincial of the Jamshedpur Jesuit province in a short installation ceremony at Loyola School, Jamshedpur. On June 16, 2020, he was appointed as the provincial of Jamshedpur Jesuit province by the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ.

He succeeded Fr George Fernandes who held the office for the last six years. The entire province looks up to Fr George, the outgoing provincial with a sense of gratitude and admiration for the way he has guided and led the province. He has been a gift to the Society, and in the last six years, he has been a special gift to the province in bringing light to the rural mission. The province expresses its gratefulness for his special effort in streamlining the governance of the province mission.

Fr Jerry as he is popularly called born in 1964, and hails from Holy Cross Parish, Cordel, Kulshekar in Mangalore diocese. He is the third child to the late Joseph Cutinha and the late Alice Cutinha. His eldest sister Janet is a religious as well in the congregation of Carmelite Missionaries. He is the elder brother of Vincent Cutinha, proprietor of Ideal Chicken, Anupama Feeds & Farms with a sister concern - Ideal hatchery in Mangaluru.

After his initial schooling in St John’s School, Allipade, Milagres High School, Mangaluru, and PUC, St Philomena College, Puttur, Fr. Jerome Cutinha entered the Society of Jesus in 1983. After his theology in Bachelor of Divinity (Theology), Heythrop College, University of London, UK, he was ordained a priest in 1999. He did his pastoral ministry in Chaibasa for four years and pronounced his Final Vows in 2006. He holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Madras, Chennai. He has served the Jamshedpur Jesuit Province in different capacities - as the director of Candidates, as the province co-coordinator of Formation, as the superior, financial controller, dean of administration and professor of XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has been the province consulter in two terms. He was the province delegate in General Congregation 35 and 36 and REGAE coordinator for the central zone.

Fr Jerome Cutinha, the new provincial, is walking into the legacy of 12 stalwarts of Jamshedpur mission, beginning from Fr Carol Fasy. The mission was that started by a small band of missionaries from USA, beginning with one small school in a school bus, the Jamshedpur mission has now 31 schools, 16 hostels, 4 institutions of higher education, 3 social centers, 13 parishes run and 214 Jesuits. This shows, the Jesuits go beyond set boundaries, while they try to consolidate their mission, they also seek for God destined opportunities, and reach where others cannot reach.

Fr Jerry has been an able administrator. He is experienced with great organizational and leadership qualities. The Jamshedpur Jesuit province is looking forward to make the best use of his experience of such great administrative skills for effective ministries in and around the province.




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  • George Dsouza, Basrikatte/kulshekar

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Congratulations dear Father Jerry . may the Lord who chosen and anointed you be with you and guide you . It's great joy and proud moment for all of us .

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  • Dr. Cyril Fernandes, Bellore/USA

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Dear Fr. Jerry, Congratulations to you and thank you Fr. George Fernandes. Our Mangalorean's have contributed a lot to the growth of Jamshedpur and Orissa Province. Congratulations .

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  • JOSEPH KIRAN RANCHI, Ranchi/Modankaup

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulations fr. May God bless you as take greater responsibility

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  • Vincent Cutinha, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulations my dear brother . You achieved a great milestone. I wish you all the best in your new responsibilities.

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  • Anthony, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulations Fr.Jerry. All the best.

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  • Avil D'souza, Shirva / Qatar

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulation Fr. Jerome on your new role

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  • Lawrence D Almeida, Nakre, Karkala/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulations Dear Fr. Jerome.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulations ...

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  • Aloysius D'Souza and Christine Dsouza Shivabagh, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Congratulations Fr. Jerry. May the continue to bless you and help you to carry out your mission

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