Bishop K.A. William was ordained as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mysore at an elaborate ceremony here on Feb 27.
Held at the St. Philomena’s Church precincts, the episcopal ordination and installation ceremony was witnessed by a large gathering of the devout.
Bishop Thomas Anthony Vazhapilly, the outgoing bishop, officiated the ordination ceremony in the presence of other spiritual leaders of the church.
Nearly 5,000 people had gathered to witness the consecration of the new Bishop.
The appointment of the new bishop was announced by Pope Francis on January 25, and he succeeds Bishop Vazhapilly who held the post for 14 years.
Bishop Williiam belongs to Polibetta in Kodagu district and completed his education in Mysuru before joining the seminary to take up theological studies. He also has a Master’s degree in Canon Law and Christianity.
Besides being the spiritual head of Catholic churches in Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu, as the Diocese head, Bishop William will also be responsible for more than 130 educational institutions in the region.
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