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Bishop's Profile

Visuvasam Selvaraj
(Bishop of Port Blair)
FULL NAME VISUVASAM SELVARAJ, S/o (Late) Mr. S. Viagappan and (Late) V. Maria Ranjidham
DATE OF BIRTH 04.01.1966 - Baptised in Our Lady of Guidance Church, R.A.Puram, Chennai - 8TH CHILD IN THE FAMILY OF 9 CHILDREN. Eight sons and one daughter. As of now, five brothers have died.
School Education Class 1 to 5: Avvai Home, Adyar, Chennai
6th to 10th: Kumara Raja Muthiah School, Adyar, Chennai.
Vocation promoters Rev. Fr. Rayappa and Rev. (Late) Fr. Antonysamy, Parish Priests of Our Lady of Guidance Church, Foreshore Estate, Chennai. (Late) Fr. Krupakaran, Parish Priest of Visitation Church, Abiramapuram, Chennai, was responsible for choosing the Diocese of Port Blair. I also gratefully remember Late Fr. Antonysamy and Late Bishop Devotta for their help in choosing the Diocese of Port Blair.
Minor Seminary Entered St. Thomas Minor seminary, Santhome, on 15th June, 1981 for the Diocese of Madras- Mylapore
11th and 12th: Santhome Senior secondary School, Chennai
2 Years Minor seminary course in Chennai. Finished in April, 1985.
Major Seminary 1985 – 1988
Three years Philosophy in Sacred Heart Major seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai
BA History from Madras University (correspondence) and D.Com (correspondance)
Regency Opted for the diocese of Diocese in 1987.
Arrived in Port Blair on 15th June, 1988.
June to October 1988 - Nirmala Boys Hostel under Fr. Peter Gomes, Fr. Devanand and Fr. Michael Cruz
November to December - St. Ignatius Church, Diglipur Under Fr. Vital Ekka, SJ
January to June 1989 - St. Thomas Church, Mayabunder Under Rev. Frs. Salu and Christopher Lakra
July to April 1990 - Our Lady of Rosary Church, Oralkatcha Under Frs. Peter Soares and Custodio.
Major Seminary 1990 – 1994
Ordination Ordained by Most Rev. Alex Dias, SFX, on 8th May, 1994 at St. Thomas Church, Mayabunder.
1994-1995 Asst. Parish of the Cathedral, In-charge of Nirmala Boys hostel, Sagritara Pre- Primary school, Chaplin for the Tamil Community and Asst. Diocesan Procurator.
1996-1997 Diocesan Procurator, Incharge of Diocesan Projects
1998 Asst. Parish Priest in Mayabunder
1999-2001 Studies in St. Peter's Ponticical seminary - Master in Canon Law
2001 - 2006 Diocesan Financial Administrator, and Project Incharge
2005-2006 Director - Diocesan Social Service Center
2006-2010 Parish Priest, St. Joseph Church, katchal, Nicobar Dt
2010-2013 Parish Priest, Stella Maris Cathedral, Port Blair
2014-2015 Rector, Our Lady of Vailankanni Shrine, Panighat, South Andaman, Incharge of Diocesan Projects
2015-2017 Diocesan Fianancial Administrator
2017-2018 Vicar General & Chaplin for Tamil Catholic Community.
1994-1999, 2001-2006, 2010-2018 Member of the Diocesan Consultors
2001 onwards Judicial Vicar/ Chancellor
9th January 2019 on wards Diocesan Administraor
29th June, 2021 Appointed Bishop of Port Blair
21st August, 2021 Episcopal Ordination
Principal Consecrator: Most Rev. Alex Dias, Bishop Emeritus of Port Blair
Co-Consecrators: Most Rev. Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio in India
: Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ., Archbishop of Ranchi