Life Sketch of Abp. Elias Gonsalves

Most Rev. Elias Gonsalves, was born on 4 July, 1961, in Chulna Village, Vasai Road, Thane, Maharashtra. He studied at St. Pius X Seminary, Mumbai and was ordained priest on 1 April, 1990 in Vasai, for the Archdiocese of Bombay. He has a B. A. in History and Economics, from Bombay University (1982), he did his studies in Community Based Development and Leadership, from St. Francis Xavier University, Coady Institute, Canada, and studies in Counselling.

He was Assistant Parish Priest at Nandakhal, Vasai (1990-1991) and Sandor, Vasai (1991-1997); Youth Coordinator for South Vasai Deanery (1993-1996); Priest in-charge at Roha (1997-2004); Priest in-charge at Panvel (2005-2008); Assistant Director and then Director, Centre for Social Action, Mumbai (2008-2012); Director, Sarvodaya Centre for Capacity Building, Mumbai (2009-2012). He was elected Bishop of Amravati on 11 July, 2012 and ordained on 29 September, 2012. After having served Amravati diocese for six years, Bishop was designated as the Archbishop on 3rd December 2018.

Episcopal Ministry
  • 1. He has been In Charge of Catholic Education in Western Region Catholic Bishop Council.(Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa)
  • 2. He was a main instrument in forming Western Region Catholic Foundation For Education (WRCFE) as Registered Company under Companies Act 2013.
  • 3. He is promoter of “Education to Family Values” online programme for Western Region Catholic Schools.