Balasore gets new bishop

December 10, 2013 by  
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Balasore DioceseOdisha, December 10, 2013: Bishop elect Simon Kaipuram is a member of the Congregation of the Mission.

Pope Francis on Monday appointed a new bishop to the Diocese of Balasore in eastern India’s Odisha state.

Bishop elect Simon Kaipuram is a member of the Congregation of the Mission, popularly known as Vincentians.

The 59-year old rector and professor of Aquinas College in Gopalpur of Berhampur Diocese, also in Odisha, takes over from Vincentian Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil, who has retired.

Born Feb. 9, 1954, in Thanneermukkom, Kerala state, Fr. Kaipuram studied at Aquinas College in Gopalpur, Berhampur Diocese, as a novice of the Vincentians.

Later he continued with theology at the Pontifical University in Pune and took his first vows as a Vincentian on May 2, 1979. After his ordination on Dec. 20 as a Vincentian priest, Fr. Kaipuram served in various capacities, including in studies.

Created in 1989, Balasore Diocese is a suffragan of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar metropolitan. It has an area of over 25,000 sqkm, where Catholics number over 23,600 out of a population of more than 8.9 million. The 39 parishes of the diocese are ministered to by 53 priests, both diocesan and religious and 174 men and women religious.


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