The Earth; The Hand; The Cross
Care For Creation
The background with the Cross supreme represents the Church of Christ; the hand stands for the care for all of creation, represented by the Earth. People, nature and the environment are interdependent which makes ‘care for creation’ paramount.
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Bishop Allwyn D’Silva
Date of Birth: 20th April 1948
Place of Birth: Amboli, Mumbai
Parents: Ronald and Rita D’Silva
Ordained Priest: 19th April 1975
1975 to 1976 - Assistant, St. Anthony’s Church, Vakola
1976 to 1977 - Ministry at National Vocation Centre, Pune
1977 to 1986 - In-charge of vocations
1986 to 1994 - Assistant Priest and later Parish Priest, St. Jude Church, Jeri -Meri
1991 to 1994 - Dean, South East Salsette Deanery
1994 to 2000 - Priest in-charge, St. Jude Church, Malad East
2000 to 2007 - Priest in-charge, St. Anthony’s Church, Dharavi
2002 to 2007 - Dean, North Mumbai Deanery
2007 to 2011 - Parish Priest, St. John the Baptist Church, Thane
2012 - Appointed Episcopal Vicar
20th December 2016 - Appointed Auxiliary Bishop by His Holiness Pope Francis
28th January 2017 - Ordained Bishop by His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay
Bishop Allwyn D’Silva is in charge of the Justice and Peace Commission for the Archdiocese of Bombay and coordinator of the Prison Ministry. Bishop Allwyn is the Secretary of the Climate Change Desk and Human Development Office for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC). He is also in charge of the Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad Deaneries.
As part of his priestly ministry, he spent 21 years in the slums of Mumbai where he was deeply involved in Human Rights issues, social concerns and more recently, in environmental matters at the local, regional and national levels. Among the honorary posts that have been held by him were: Director of Institute for Community Organisation Research; Founder Director of Jagruti Kendra – Jerimeri; Regional Vice-President of International Human Rights Education Consortium; President of South Asian Human Rights Education Consortium; President of Mumbai Initiative on Human Rights Education; Member of Asian Justice and Peace Commission; Member of Executive Committee of Indian Network for Ethics and Climate Change.
Bishop Allywn has co-edited, published and presented a number of articles and papers. He is also the recipient of awards from: Federation of Centres for Community Organisation; Bombay Catholic Sabha; Dignity Foundation; CPCI Award (Human Rights); World Peace Movement Trust; The Examiner Award for Journalism / Golden Pen Award.