Fr. John Mendonca: Judicial Vicar of Diocese of Udupi

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By Vinod DSouza
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 27 January 2013: Very Rev. Fr. Dr. John Mendonca, Parish Priest of Kanajar, took charge as the first Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Udupi on 25th of January 2013. He made the Profession of Faith and took the Oath of Office before the Bishop of Udupi in the Bishop’s Chapel. The Vicar General and a few others were present on the occasion of this meaningful ceremony.


After the ceremony the Bishop felicitated the Judicial Vicar. The Bishop said that Fr. John Mendonca who has a doctorate in Canon Law has helped him and collaborated with him from the very inception of the Udupi Diocese in various ways, especially by writing the Statues for the Council of Priests, the Diocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors; and now writing the Statues for the Diocesan Pastoral Council. The Bishop said that Fr. John has edited and published books on Canon Law which have been useful for him. Fr. John has served not only on the Diocesan level but also on the Regional and National level especially as the Secretary of the Canon Law Society of India for several years.


Fr. John Mendonca has served as Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Mangalore and the Diocese of Karwar. He joined the Mangalore Diocesan Tribunal on 6th June 1989 and till now he has served in the Tribunal in various capacities. He has taught Canon Law at the St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore and has given various courses on Canon law to priests and religious at various places. His Ecclesiastical studies include: Diploma in Philosophy, Bachelors degree in Theology, Certificate Course in Liturgy, Masters (Licentiate) in Canon Law and Doctorate in Canon Law from Rome. While a student in Rome he had the privilege of serving at the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments as Defender of the Bond (Special Commission).

His secular studies include a Bachelors degree in Arts and M.A. in Political Science. He has taught at the Milagres College, Kallianpur, for some time while he was the Parish Priest at Manipal.

We wish him all the best in his Tribunal Ministry as he heads the Diocesan Tribunal, and pray God’s abundant blessings on him.



Comments on this Article
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Sun, January-27-2013, 4:56
It is Providence that Udupi diocese has a Canonical Luminary , a forth right minister of Christ and also an embodiment of Canonical thinking, has been chosen by the BIshop of Udupi as Judicial Vicar of Udupi Diocese. In my opinion it was a best choice and Rev. Fr. Dr. John Mendonca, hailing from Pernal parish of Udupi diocese, a very rural place, has been made/ chosen for the great and noble seat. May God bless him and giuide him in his mission to be true to the position, with the inspiration and guidance of the Holy spirit to render true justice to the needy. I praise the Lord.
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