Bengaluru: Fr Alwyn Dias elected Provincial of Capuchins Karnataka Province

Bengaluru: On the third day, of the 8th Provincial Chapter of the Holy Trinity Capuchin Province - Karnataka held at Franciscan Institute of Spirituality in India (FISI), Bengalore which commenced on April 22, the Capuchin Friars have elected Fr Alwyn Dais as the Provincial Minister and Fr Paul Melwyn D'Souza as the Vicar Provincial, Fr Peter Cyprian D’souza, Fr Robin D'Souza and Fr William Prabu as the Provincial Councillors. 

Fr Alwyn Dais, hails from Paladka parish of Mangalore Diocese. Earlier he had worked in the Missions of Nagaland and in Ujire as the Director of Students at Dayalbagh Ashram. He was sent for the higher studies in Paris, France. Later he obtained his Ph.D in Theology from the University of Catholique de Paris, France. He was Vicar Provincial of the Karnataka Capuchin province for two terms. He was Executive Secretary of Capuchin Education Baord, Karnataka. He was appointed as the Director of St. Anthony’s Institutions, Kengeri, Bengalore. He was also appointed as the member if the Advisory Board for the NSS Department, Bangalore University in 2018. 

Fr Paul Melwyn D'Souza (Vicar Provincial), hails from Basrikatte Parish (presently his family is settled in Ashoknagar Parish). After his priesthood he was sent for the licentiate in Philosophy at Gregorianum – Rome, after which he was a teacher at the Capuchin Philosophy and Theology seminaries in Kengeri – Bengaluru & Bogadi- Mysore. In the later years he obtained his Doctorate in Religion and Science – Faculty of Theology from Zurich University, Switzerland. He teaches in different seminaries as a visiting professor. He was appointed as the guardian/superior of St Anne’s friary, Jail Road - Mangalore. In the recent years he was popular for his musical dramas and shows like Voparinchi Sanz, Bethlehem Sanz and Hozanna Sanz. He has also composed more than 10 devotional albums in Kannada and Konkani. 

Fr Peter Cyprian D'Souza (2rd Councellor), hails from Permude parish of Mangalore diocese. He spent his early priestly life in Dubai, St Mary’s parish as a pastor, counsellor and founder of few associations. After returning from gulf he was the superior of St Anne’s Friary for quite a few years during which he along with Fr Dolphy Devdas founded the Divine Mercy Retreat Centre. Presently he serves as a counsellor and a preacher at the Athma Jyothi Ashram located near Kadri, Karnataka bank, Mangalore. 

Fr Robin Victor D'Souza (3th Councellor), comes from the Nakre Parish of Udupi Diocese. He has a licentiate in Western Philosophy from the University of Lyon, France. He serves as a teaching faculty at Kripalaya the Capuchin Philosophy seminary. During the last term he was the administrator of the Karnataka Province. 

Fr William Prabu(4th Councillor), hails from Gadenahalli, Hassan. He did his licentiate in Liturgical studies in Rome after which he was appointed as the director of Post Novitiate Program of the Capuchin order at Pothnal, Raichur. 

We congratulate all the new members in the office. May the Lord guide them to lead the Capuchin Franciscan brotherhood in Karnataka. 

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