Fr Roque Gonsalves new Pallottine provincial

After an illustrious career serving as a priest, Fr Gonsalves will assume his role as provincial in January
Fr Roque Gonsalves
Fr Roque Gonsalves

Rev Fr Dr Roque Teodorio Gonsalves of the Society of Catholic Apostolate (SAC) is the newly elected provincial of ABVM Province of the Pallottines in India. He is currently the parish priest of St Vincent Pallotti Church, Marol, Andheri (E), Mumbai. The province has nearly 100 confreres and various houses of formation and parish communities in the Indian states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

Fr Roque Gonsalves was born to Carlisto Gonsalves and Filizmina Gonsalves on 21 December 1976, in Majorda, a village known for the delicate art of baking European bread. He is the brother of Anthony, Janet and Fatima Gonsalves.

Pope Francis greets Fr Roque Gonsalves.
Pope Francis greets Fr Roque Gonsalves.

At an early age, Roque expressed the desire to become a priest and joined the Pallottines in June 1993. Living the Pallottine way of life, he made his first profession on 31 May 1998 and his final profession on 31 May 2005. While his spiritual growth has been immense, and Fr Roque Gonsalves has also proven his academic excellence by securing first division whether it be as a graduate in philosophy in 1999 or in science in 2002. He also received distinction as a Bachelor of Theology from St Charles Seminary, Nagpur.

He was ordained a deacon on 6 July 2005 at Nagpur, and then ordained a priest along with his five Goan companions Fr Peter Patrick Mendes, Fr Siran Joquina Rebello, Fr Hendrico Rebello, Fr Caetano Crasto and Fr Beniz Anthony Gomes at Regina Mundi School Ground, Chicalim, Goa, on 1 May 2006. In 2008, he completed his MA in Christian Studies and went on to do his PhD in Biblical Theology in Rome.

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He has served as Prefect of VOC students and as a teacher at St Vincent Pallotti Church, Anbaham, Chennai (2006). He has also been secretary to the provincial of the ABVM Province of the Pallottines, Bangalore (2008); personal secretary to the rector general of the Pallottines, Rome (2013-2022) and general secretary of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate, Rome (2019-2022).

The new provincial will assume his responsibility on 6 January 2023 after the installation ceremony.

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