09 To Reconcile and Renew all things in Christ - Fr. Thomas K.D. & Fr. Jervis D'Souza

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:30 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:30 AM ]

Archbishop Elias Gonsalves was installed as Archbishop of Nagpur in a solemn ceremony on January 27, 2019.

At exactly 3:30 pm on January 27, 2019, when the bells of St Francis de Sales Cathedral began pealing, over 14 Archbishops, Bishops and nearly 100 priests joined His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, in the solemn installation ceremony of Archbishop-designate Elias Gonsalves for the Archdiocese of Nagpur. The St Francis de Sales Cathedral grounds were packed to capacity with over 4000 people, consisting of religious brothers, sisters and lay faithful who came from Vasai, Amravati, Mumbai and Nagpur to pray and to greet the new Archbishop.

The Eucharist began with the installation ceremony. The appointment decree, the Bull from Rome, was first read in Latin by Msgr Patrick Saw Zay Han, First Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature, New Delhi. Fr Isaac, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, then read it in English, and Fr Saiju Jacob, Judicial Vicar, read it in Hindi.

Designate Archbishop Elias then read out the Profession of Faith and took the Oath of Fidelity. The crozier and the keys of the Cathedral were presented to Designate Archbishop Elias. The ceremony concluded with Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Archbishop Emeritus Stanislaus Fernandes, sj, Apostolic Administrator of Baroda inviting the new Archbishop to occupy the cathedra, the Official Bishop's chair of the diocese.

Cardinal Gracias, in his homily, spoke on the Sunday Gospel, in which Jesus shares His manifesto in the synagogue as He began His mission. It was an appropriate text as Archbishop Elias begins his new ministry. He pointed out that Archbishop Elias had done very well as a priest in Mumbai, and then as Bishop of Amravati. He also spelt out the challenges that the new assignment would bring. His Eminence pointed out that the people of Nagpur look to him with great hope, but Archbishop Elias by himself cannot achieve these plans and dreams. He needs the support of the efficient clergy, the hard-working religious and the talents and cooperation of the lay faithful. Archbishop Elias' motto is "to reconcile and renew all things in Christ". This fitted in very well with the manifesto of Jesus.