Filipe Neri Ferrão

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Filipe Neri Ferrão
Archbishop of Goa and Daman
Patriarch of the East Indies
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Archbishop Neri in 2017
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Goa and Daman
SeeGoa and Daman
Appointed21 March 2003
PredecessorRaul Nicolau Gonçalves
Other postsPatriarch of the East Indies
Ordination28 October 1979
Consecration10 April 1994
by Raul Nicolau Gonçalves
Personal details
Birth nameFilipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão
Born (1953-01-20) 20 January 1953 (age 67)
Aldona, Goa, Portuguese India
DenominationRoman Catholicism
Previous post
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Goa and Daman (1994-2003)
  • Titular Bishop of Vanariona (1994-2003)
(That They May All Be One)

Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão (born 20 January 1953), an Indian prelate, is the seventh Roman Catholic Patriarch of the East Indies and thirty-fifth Archbishop (thirty-seventh bishop) of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, India.

Studies, languages known[edit]

He began his religious studies in Seminary of Our Lady[1] in Saligao and then went to the Papal Seminary in Pune. He graduated in philosophy and theology and is fluent in Konkani, English, Portuguese, Italian, French and German.

Clerical Life[edit]

Rosário Ferrão was ordained priest on 28 October 1979. He was created Auxiliary Bishop of Goa and Daman and titular bishop of Vanariona on 20 December 1993. He was consecrated by Patriarch Raul Nicolau Gonçalves at the Se Cathedral in Old Goa, with Aleixo das Neves Dias, SFX and Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca co-consecrating. On 12 December 2003 he was created Archbishop of Goa and Daman and Patriarch of the East Indies by Pope John Paul II, upon the resignation of the sixth Patriarch, Raul Nicolau Gonçalves.

His appointment on December 12, 2003 as Archbishop of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman came from Pope John Paul II, after the resignation of Archbishop Raul Nicolau Gonçalves, as Archbishop of Goa and Daman (and therefore Patriarch of the East Indies, India and Primate Archbishop Cranganore holder), and was given the solemn entry on March 21, 2004. On November 25, 2006, he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Goa and Daman, by Pope Benedict XVI. The main co-consecrating bishops were Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto (Sindhudurg), Peter Machado (Belgaum), Dominic Savio Fernandes and John Rodrigues (Bombay auxiliary bishops).


  • Cheney, David M. "Archbishop Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão". Retrieved 16 June 2018.self-published

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