Jammu, Dec 3: His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Ivan Pereira as the new Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar that covers the volatile northern most State of Jammu and Kashmir. The announcement was made today at St. Mary’s Garrison Church Jammu and at corresponding hours at the Vatican.
After receiving his call to Priesthood, and being specifically drawn to join the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar, he joined the St. Mary John Vianney Minor Seminary, Amritsar, Punjab in 1984.Thereafter he was sent to Trinity Regional Seminary, Jalandhar, Punjab, to complete his Philosophical studies. Having completed his philosophical studies he spent a year doing his Regency in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Jammu Cantt. Later, to complete his Theology, he was sent to St. Joseph’s Regional Major Seminary. Allahabad, UP, in 1989, and, on May 15, 1993, he was ordained as a Priest in Our Lady of Grace Cathedral, Papdy, Vasai.