Archbishop Patriarch

Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão

Archbishop of Goa and Daman
Titular Archbishop of Cranganore
Primate of the East
Patriarch of the East Indies



Date of Birth: January 20, 1953.
Place of Origin: Aldona, Goa.
Minor Seminary Studies: Seminary of Our Lady, Saligão-Pilerne, Goa.
Major Seminary Studies: Papal Seminary, Poona.
Ordained Priest at St. Thomas Church, Aldona, Goa: October 28, 1979.

Bachelor in Philosophy (1975) and
Bachelor in Theology (1979): Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth (Pontifical Athenaeum), Poona;
Licentiate in Theology, with specialization in Biblical Theology (1988): Pontifical Urban University, Rome;
Licentiate in Catechetics and Pastoral Theology (1991): Lumen Vitae International Institute (Brussels), affiliated to the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.



Priestly Assignments:
December 1979 – May 1980: Assistant to the Parish Priest of Salvador do Mundo
July 1980 – May 1981: Pastoral Course at the Pastoral Institute St. Pius X, Old Goa
June 1981 – May 1984: Assistant to the Parish Priest of Chinchinim, Goa
June 1984 – May 1986: Prefect and Teacher at the Minor Seminary of Our Lady, Saligão-Pilerne


1984 – 1986: First Director of the Vocation Commission for Diocesan Clergy, Archdiocese of Goa and Daman


1986 – 1991: Studies in Rome
1991 – 1994: Director of the Diocesan Centre for Lay Apostolate
1992 – 1997: Convenor of the Team for Transfers of Priests
1992 – 1994: Ecclesiastical Advisor to St. Luke's Medical Guild, Goa
1993 – 1994: Episcopal Vicar for the North Zone of the Archdiocese



Episcopal Assignments:
January 25, 1994: Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Goa and Daman
April 10, 1994: Ordained Bishop at the “Sé Catedral,” Old Goa
April 1994 – March 2004: Vicar General of the Archdiocese
January 1998 – January 2002: Chairman, CBCI* Commission for Laity
January 1998 – January 2002: Chairman, CCBI* Laity Commission
As Chairman of the CBCI Commission for Laity, he was also the Ecclesiastical Advisor of the All India Catholic Union as well as of Christian Life Communities – India
June 1995 - : Chairman of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Development of the Western Region Bishops' Council
June 1995 - : Vice-Chairman of the Western Region Social Service Forum
1998 – 1999: Appointed by the Holy See as Member of the Apostolic Visitation Team to the Seminaries and Institutes of Formation in India
December 12, 2003: Appointed Archbishop of Goa and Daman and Patriarch “ad honorem” of the East Indies by Papal Bull “Inter Gravissimas”
January 16, 2004: Public Announcement of the above Appointment.
March 21, 2004: Installed as Archbishop of Goa and Daman by the Apostolic Nuncio in India, Most Rev. Pedro López Quintana



Languages spoken:
Konkani, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German.



Episcopal Motto:
Tim sogllim ek zaum --- May they all be one (John 17.21)




* CBCI: Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
* CCBI: Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India (Latin Rite)




Golden Verse

Nehemiasachem Pustok 9:17

Tanchê khatir Tunvem kel’lim ojapanchim kortutvam visrun tujeô adnia pallunk tim kobul zalim nant. Hott dhôrun ravlim ani porot Ejiptant gulamponnak vochpachem kelem. Punn tum bhogxita toslo, krupall, doiall Dev dekhun tunvem tankam sôddun dilim nant.