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Pope Francis appoints Fr Johannes Gorantla New Bishop of Kurnool

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Bangalore: His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Fr Johannes Gorantla, O.C.D., (50) priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelite, currently Rector, Collegio Teresianum, Rome, as the new Bishop of Kurnool. This appointment was made public in Rome on Tuesday 27 Feb 2024.

Fr Johannes Gorantla, O.C.D., was born on 27th February 1974, in Nawabu peta, in the Diocese of Vijaywada. He studied Philosophy at Sacred Heart Philosophical College, Alwaye, Kerela (1994-1997) and Theology at Pontifical Institute of Theology Teresianum, Rome (1998-2001).

He made his Solemn Profession for the Order of Discalced Carmelites on April 2000, and was ordained priest for the same Order at Thallada, Khammam on 10 January 2002. He served as Assistant Parish Priest at Kalluru, Khammam, (2002). He obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from Biblicum, Rome (2002-2006) and Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (2006-2008).

He was Provincial of Discalced Carmelite Andhra Province (2 trienniums), Secretary of the OCD Inter Provincial Council of India and Consulter for the Diocese of Khammam. Simultaneously he was a Member of the APBC Bible Commission and Member of the APBC Commission for Proclamation (2008-2014).

He was a Visiting Professor of Sacred Scripture at Jyothribhavan, Kalamassery, Kerala (2008-2015) and at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary, Khammam (2010-2015). He functioned as President, Andhra Pradesh Religious Conference (APRCRI) and Vice Chairman, APBC Commission for Catholic Education (2010-2014).

He held the Office of Superior and Parish Priest of St. Pius X Monastery Parish, Nacharam, Archdiocese of Hyderabad (2014-2015), then Definitor General of the Discalced Carmelites, Rome (2015-2021).

Presently, he is Rector, Seminarim Missionum, OCD International College for Priest Students, Teresianum, Rome from December 2021 , and Visiting Professor at Marianum, Rome and a Lecturer at Teresianum, Rome since 2022.

Report by: Rev. Dr Stephen Alathara

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