(ANS - Rome) - On the last day of the second week of the summer plenary session of the General Council, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the other members of the Council, appointed Fr Savio Silveira as Provincial of the Province of India- Mumbai (INB) for the six-year period of 2019-2025.
Fr Silveira was born on 8 December 1966 in Panjim, State of Goa, India. After attending the Salesian novitiate in Nashik, he made his first vows on May 31, 1985, and perpetual vows on May 25, 1992, in Mumbai; he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1995, in his hometown.
He served in various Salesian communities: in in Chhota Udaipur as Bursar (1996-99), in Kawant as Parish Priest (1999-2000), again in Chhota Udaipur as Director and Parish Priest (2000-02) and in Baroda as Director (2002-2005).
Between 2005 and 2007, he studied International Cooperation and Development at the European School of Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Master’s Degree.
He then took over as the Executive Director of the Development Office of the Province, a post he held for eight years from 2007 to 2015. He is also the Founder of Don Bosco International School Matunga.
For the Province with headquarters in Mumbai, he was several times Provincial Councilor (2002-2005, 2009-2012 and 2012-2015), and currently holds the posts of Provincial Vicar.
He is also the Spokesperson for the "Don Bosco Green Alliance", the Salesian platform that brings together over 100 Salesian institutions around the world committed to protecting the environment and building a new generation of citizens committed to respect for Creation.
Fr Savio Silveira will assume office on Thursday, 12 September 2019. The installation ceremony will be during the Eucharist at 18:30 hrs in the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga, Mumbai. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga will represent the Rector Major at the installation of our Eleventh Provincial.