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About the Provincial


Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor, belongs to St. Roque’s Parish, Neerude, in the Diocese of Mangalore. After joining the Carmelite Order in 1971, he completed his initial formation in the Manjummel Province, Kerala and made his first profession at Podanur, Tamil Nadu on 15th of August, 1974. He pursued his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Alwaye, Kerala (Philosophy), St. Joseph’s Inter-Diocesan Seminary, Jeppu, Mangaluru (1st year theology) and finally at the Teresianum in Rome. A memory that he treasures, is that he was ordained priest, by Pope St. John Paul II. This was on 6th of June, 1982, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

He proceeded to Vienna, Austria and Jerusalem for higher studies in Biblical Theology. Equipped with a Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures, he returned to the newly formed Karnataka-Goa Province and his first appointment was as formator of the aspirants (Initiation Course) at Xellim, Goa. Most of his life as a priest has been spent in the formation of seminarians and he has been formator at the levels of postulancy, philosophy, regency and theology.

Fr. George has also a vast experience in administration. At the local level, he has been superior of our communities at Mangaluru, Margao, Madanthyar, Koteshwar and Bogadi-Mysuru. At the same time, he was elected thrice as one of the Provincial Councilors (1987-1990; 2014-2017 and 2020-2021). It was when he was the first Provincial Councillor (Vicar Provincial), that on 7th of October, 2021, Rev. Fr. General appointed him the Provincial of the Karnataka-Goa Province, since Fr. Pius James D’Souza, the previous Provincial had been elected as one of the Definitors (Assistant to the General) during the General Chapter held in 2021 Rome.

Besides guiding and forming numerous seminarians, giving courses on the New Testament at our Institutes and reaching out in spiritual ministry to priests, religious and laity, he has made many significant contributions to the growth of the Province. Notable among his achievements is the construction of the iconic Shrine dedicated to the Infant Jesus at Mangalore, which draws thousands of devotees especially on Thursdays. He also designed the splendid Infant Jesus Shrine at Pushpashrama, Mysore, which resembles some of the ancient architectural attractions of the historic city.

Fr. George is conversant in Konkani, English, Kannada, German, Italian, Latin and the Biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek). While cherishing his Carmelite identity and living its charism, he strives to “be all things to all people” (1Cor 9:23) after the luminous example of his biblical hero, St. Paul.

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