16th April, 2008 V. Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves,
was re-elected provincial of the Karnataka-Goa Province of
Discalced Carmelites in its tenth Provincial Chapter.
Born in Madanthyar (Diocese of Mangalore) on 9th July, 1961, Fr.
Archibald joined the Carmelites after his PUC, in the year 1979.
Having completed his seminary studies at St. Joseph’s
Inter-diocesan Seminary he was ordained priest on 5thJune, 1989.
He obtained his Master’s in Philosophy and Master’s in English
Literature from the Karnataka University. In the provincial
chapter of 1993 he was elected as one of the provincial
councilors in-charge of formation and vocation promotion. After
a term as Dean of Pushpashrama Institute of Philosophy, Mysore,
he pursued higher studies in Moral Theology in Rome. Besides a
Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the Gemelli Institute, he has
a Licentiate and a Doctorate in moral theology from the
Alfonsian Academy, Rome. He also served as the president of the
“Indian Priests’ union” in Rome. On his return to India, he has
been engaged in teaching Bio-Ethics and Moral Theology in
various seminaries and institutes. He was elected First
Provincial Councilor in the Provincial Chapter 2002 and also
appointed as the Director of the Dhyanavana Institute of
Spirituality at Mysore. He was the Rector of the Pushpashrama
Institute of Philosophy (2005-2008). The tenth provincial
chapter, held in 2008, elected him provincial. The
Inter-provincial Carmelite Conference of India (IPCI) chose him
as its president. This conference organizes common programmes
for the Carmelite units in India and decides on matters of
Fr. Archie has also served as president of the Karnataka
Regional Conference of Religious (KRCR) from 2009.
In the eleventh provincial chapter held in May 2011, he was
re-elected at the provincial of the Karnataka-Goa province of
Discalced Carmelites. Following this election, he was confirmed
as President of the IPCI and KRCR.
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