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Quilon serve in Holiness & Justice


Bishop of Quilon
 Episcopal Ordination
Bishop is the title of an ecclesiastical dignitary who possesses the fullness of the priesthood to rule a diocese as its chief pastor, in due submission to the primacy of the pope. It is of Catholic faith that bishop is of Divine institution. In the hierarchy of order they possess powers superior to those of priests and deacons; in the hierarchy of jurisdiction, by Christ's will, they are appointed for the government of one portion of the faithful of the Church, under the direction and authority of the sovereign pontiff, who can determine and restrain their powers, but, not annihilate them. They are the successors of the Apostles
Rights and Powers of a Bishop: - The bishop possesses, as already stated, the powers of order and jurisdiction. The power of order comes to him through Episcopal consecration, but the exercise of this right depends on his power of jurisdiction. The sacerdotal ordination performed by every duly consecrated bishop is undoubtedly valid, yet the bishop can ordain only in conformity with the enactments of canon law. Only the bishop can confer major orders. The bishop is the only ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Ecclesiastical law has reserved certain benedictions and consecrations to him, viz., those which are performed with holy oil. The following functions are reserved to the bishop: the dedication of a church, the consecration of an altar, of chalices and patens, and generally of the articles serving for the celebration of Holy Mass, the reconciliation of a desecrated church, the benediction of bells, the benediction of an abbot, the benediction of the holy oils, etc. A bishop is forbidden to exercise the Pontificalia -- i.e. to perform Episcopal functions in another diocese -- without the consent of the ordinary, i.e. the proper bishop. Besides the power of order, bishops possess that of jurisdiction; they have the right to prescribe for the faithful the rules, which the latter must follow in order to obtain eternal salvation. The power of jurisdiction is of Divine origin; in the sense that the pope is held to establish in the Church bishops whose mission it is to direct the faithful in the way of salvation. In certain important matters, however, the bishop must at times seek the advice, at other times the consent, of the cathedral chapter. In certain countries where chapters are not established, the bishop is bound to consult in some specified cases the consultores cleri dioecesani, or diocesan consultors.

Governing Authority: - (1) Legislative Power: The bishop can enact for his diocese those laws, which he considers conducive to the general good. (2) Judicial Power: This power is exercised in two ways: without legal apparatus (extra judicialiter) or in a judicial process (judicialiter). In his diocese the bishop is judge in the first instance in all trials, civil and criminal that pertain to the ecclesiastical tribunal, unless the persons be exempt from his authority, or the matters reserved for other judges; such. e.g., are the process of canonization reserved to the pope or the misdemeanors of a vicar-general, which fall under the cognizance of the archbishop.(3) Coercive Power: The right to punish is a necessary consequence if the right to judge.(4) Administrative Power:The foremost is the supreme direction of the clergy. The bishop, moreover, intervenes in the administration of ecclesiastical property. No alienation whatever of ecclesiastical goods is possible without his consent, and he exercises supreme supervision over their administration. He has a special right of intervention in all matters relating to Divine worship and to the sacraments; he authorizes and supervises the printing of liturgical books, regulates public worship, processions, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, celebration of the Holy Mass, Bination of Holy Mass, and exorcisms; his consent is required for the erection of churches and oratories; he authorizes the public veneration of the relics of saints and of those who have been beatified; he exercises supervision over statues and images exposed for the veneration of the faithful: he publishes Indulgences, etc. But in all these matters his power is not unlimited; he must conform to the enactments of the canon law. Bishops have also a "delegated jurisdiction" which they exercise in the name of the Holy See; this power is granted to them a jure or ab homine.
Obligations of a Bishop: - All their efforts must aim at preserving the true faith and a high moral tone among the people; they attain this end by good example, by preaching, by daily solicitude for the good administration of the diocese, and by prayer
.                 (Courtesy: Catholic Encyclopedia)

BISHOP OF QUILON – a bio-sketch

Most Reverend Stanley Roman,
Bishop of Quilon, Kerala, India
Stanley Roman was born on 4th June 1941 to Mr. Roman Fernandez and Elizabeth. He is the 10th of the Eleven Children – 7 boys and 4 girls.

After his primary education at St. John’s L.P. School and Government U.P. School, Akkara at Punalur, he joined St. Raphael’s Minor Seminary at Kollam, where he was later to be Vice Rector, for his priestly studies and simultaneously completed his schooling from St. Aloysius School, Kollam.

In 1959 he joined St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye for the Philosophy course. After 2 years of Philosophy, he was chosen to pursue his priestly studies in Rome at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. Here he secured his Master Degree in Philosophy and Theology. He was fortunate to be ordained priest by His Eminence Cardinal Agagiani, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome on 16th December 1966.

Back in Quilon he continued his academics and secured M.A. (English Language and Literature) from the University of Kerala, as a Student of Fatima Mata College, Kollam (A prestigious Nationally accredited diocesan college), where he was later the Principal. Here he was lauded for his efficiency, keen sense of justice and impartiality. After holding various posts in the Diocese, some of them, very covetable, he was appointed the First Rector of Carmelgiri, Seminary when St, Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye was re-organized on the basis of Rites. He was nominated as the 13th Bishop of Quilon on 29th October 2001, while he was serving as the Rector of Carmelgiri Seminary. He was ordained Bishop of Quilon on 16th December 2001 at a very colorful function.                                                                                                                                 Top

Episcopal Ordination
On 16th December, 2001 at 3.00pm, St. Aloysius School Ground, Kollam
Principal Consecrator   : Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph G. Fernandez, Bishop Emeritus of Quilon
Co-consecrators: Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathias Kappil, Bishop of Punalur
Rt. Rev. Dr. Soosa Pakiam, Bishop of Trivandrum

Motto: “ To serve in Holiness and Justice” (Lk. 1: 74-75)

On December 16th 2001 Rt. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman was installed as the thirteenth Bishop of the most ancient Diocese of India. He began his Episcopal mission with a new vision for the integral progress of the diocese. Anchoring his spirit of action on his motto “to serve in holiness and justice”, he maneuvers the pastoral administration of the diocese in a transparent and the faithful-oriented manner. The constitution and restructuring of the diocesan canonical bodies like pastoral council, senate of priests, college of Consultors, various Boards for various ministries and apostolate and their vivacious function can be considered his major achievements within a short time of office. He gives much importance to the empowerment of women and weaker sections of the community and initiated educational steps that offer better opportunities for girls to pursue their education in a convenient ambience. He is sensitive to the changing world of modern applied sciences and growing job opportunities in the field of nursing, which made him, start a self-financing College of Nursing in the diocese. It is a creative project of his tenure. A new school in the diocese after the glorious reign of Bishop Jerome has begun by him, named Trinity Lyceum at Nanthirical being an annexe to the Trinity Lyceum at Kollam. He has ushered in Programmes that strengthen the solidarity and fraternal bond among the clergy like frequent gatherings and interactive sessions, which have become regular and an imperative factor of the ongoing formation of priests in the diocese. He has initiated many disciplinary and regulatory measures in the area of Liturgy, sacramental administration, charismatic movements, parish festal procession and celebrations, etc. The encoded guideline for the diocese published in the name “Ajapalana Dharsanavum Margareghakalum” is a typical memento of his reformative activities. It is found novel in the history of the diocese that he convened the clergy and laity together on a dais to make a pastoral plan, which resulted in a “Live in” Programme of the presbyterium and thus procured Vision and Mission statements for the diocese. The importance he gives for ecumenism and inter-religious harmony is outstanding. A diocesan pastoral center named ‘Catalani Centre’ is his unique contribution, which enables various departments of Ministries and Apostolate to work under a better coordination.
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