This evening we had a surprise. Abp. Felix called his consultors and the Parish Priests of the city of Nashik for an emergency meeting. It turned out that he has been appointed Bishop of Vasai. The news was released in Rome at 1630 hours IST, and simultaneously announced to us in Bishop's House. His Grace has composed a letter in English and Marathi announcing his appointment to the priests and religious of the diocese, and telling them to make the further announcement to the people at the Masses of the following Sunday.
A surprise development. Abp. Felix has been Bishop of Nashik for exactly 1 year 8 months. It was not expected that he would be moved so soon, but it has happened, and this came as somewhat of a surprise also to the Abp. himself.
Our warmest congratulations to Abp. Felix, and our prayers as he prepares to take over the reins of Vasai Diocese, which has been vacant now for almost 8 months.