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Father Thomas Santiagu sdb, New Leader for Salesian Province of Hyderabad


By YERRAMANENI Baly
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Hyderabad, Dec. 13. The Salesians of the Province of St Joseph, Hyderabad, is gifted with a New Provincial in Father Thomas Santiagu, a person of the intuitive mind and a cheerful son of Don Bosco known for his love for the young and the poor.
The Rector Major, Rev. Father Angel Fernandez, with the consent of his council, has nominated Father Santiagu as the 6th Provincial on December 13, 2021, for a period of six years from 2022 to 2028. He succeeds Father Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, who ably served the Province for six years.

Father Santiagu joined the Hyderabad Province as a Novice in 1994 and made his first profession on May 24, 1995.

Father Santiagu was born on August 23, 1976, in Kottaiyur of Sivagangai District in Tamil Nadu. His family belonged to the St Francis Xavier Parish, Broadway, Chennai. After completing Higher Secondary Schooling in the Salesian School of St Gabriel, Broadway, he joined the pre-novitiate at Pallithammam (then belonging to Chennai Province and now to Trichy Province). As a novice, he joined the Hyderabad Province and completed his post-novitiate formation at Yercaud. He did his practical training for one year in the Philosophate at Karunapuram and two years in the Novitiate at Manoharabad. He has a Master Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Sacred Heart College, Tirupatur. He made his perpetual profession on January 31, 2004. After completing his Theological formation at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong, he was ordained on December 27, 2005.

He was very much involved in the pastoral and social ministry of the Province during the first five years of his priesthood. In 2011, he was appointed as the Director of Bosco Seva Kendra, the development office of the Province. He became a member of the Provincial council in 2011. He has served as the Rector of Don Bosco, Ongole, for three years from 2015-2018. He was appointed as the Vice Provincial in 2018 to date. He has also served the Province as the delegate for Youth Ministry and Formation.

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