Pope appoints a new Bishop for Jhabua Diocese in Madhya Pradesh, India
His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Basil Bhuriya, SVD, parish priest and member of the Provincial Council of the Fathers of The Society of Divine Word, as Bishop of the Diocese of Jhabua, in Madhya Pradesh, India. Bishop Devprasad Ganawa SVD, the former Bishop of Jabua, after his appointment and transfer to the Diocese of Udaipur on December 21, 2012, has also been functioning as the Apostolic Administrator of Jhabua Diocese to date. This provision was made public in Rome on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at noon local time.
Rev. Fr. Basil Bhuriya, SVD, was born on March 08, 1956, in Panchkui, Diocese of Jhabua. He joined St. Thomas Seminary, Dhow, on June 30, 1969. He studied at the University of Indore from 1976 to 1979 where he obtained B.A. degree. On June 30, 1979, he joined the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) as a novice. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Atheneum of Pune. He made his solemn vows on June 12, 1985 and was ordained a priest on May 02, 1986, for the same Society of the Divine Word.
Since his priestly ordination, Fr. Basil held the following ministries and offices: Assistant Pastor at Muvalia, Gujarat, Diocese of Baroda (1987-1988); Vice-Rector of St. Thomas’ Seminary, Diocese of Indore (1988-1992); Rector of St. Thomas Seminary, Indore (1992-1997); Parish Priest at Dhar, Diocese of Indore (1997-2002); Director of Hostel, Thandla, Diocese of Jhabua (2002-2005); Parish Priest at Raigarh, Diocese of Jhabua (2005-2009). Since 2009, he is Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Thandla, Jhabua; and since 2011, Member of the Provincial Council of the Central Indian Province of the Society of the Divine Word.
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