Subject: 2 Bishops Named in East Timor

ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Code: ZE04030707

Date: 2004-03-07

2 Bishops Named in East Timor

DILI, East Timor, MARCH 7, 2004 ( John Paul II has named Father Alberto Ricardo da Silva, rector of the major seminary of Dili, as bishop of the diocese.

The diocese had been led by an apostolic administrator, Basilio do Nascimento, who was named bishop of the adjacent Baucau Diocese. He also had been apostolic administrator of Baucau.

Bishop Nascimento succeeded Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo when the latter resigned as apostolic administrator of Dili in November 2002, citing health reasons.

Bishop Belo, a co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, played a key role in East Timor's independence from Indonesia.

Alberto da Silva was born in Aileu, in the Dili Diocese, in 1943. He studied in the minor seminary of Dili and was sent to Macao to study philosophy, and to Portugal to study theology in the major seminary of Leira. Later he received a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Father da Silva's duties have included spiritual director and later rector at the Seminary of Dare, and vicar general of Dili. Since 2000, he has been rector of the Dili seminary.


Also A few snippets of info on newly appointed Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva


Date Age Event Title
24 Apr 1943 60.87 Born Aileu
15 Aug 1972 29.3 Ordained Priest of Díli, East Timor
6 Mar 2004 60.9 Appointed Bishop of Díli, East Timor
2 May 2004 61.0 Ordained Bishop Bishop of Díli, East Timor

# a priest for 31.56 years

And Bishop Basílio do Nascimento

Date Age Event Title
14 Jun 1950 53.73 Born Suai
25 Jun 1977 27.0 Ordained Priest Priest
30 Nov 1996  46.5 Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Baucau
30 Nov 1996 46.5 Appointed Titular Bishop of Septimunicia
6 Jan 1997 46.6 Ordained Bishop Titular Bishop of Septimunicia
26 Nov 2002 52.4 Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Díli, East Timor
6 Mar 2004 53.7 Appointed Bishop of Baucau, East Timor
2 May 2004 61.0 Ordained Bishop Bishop of Díli, East Timor

# a priest for 26.70 years
# a bishop for 7.17 years

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