D'Souza, Gerard

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Gerard D'Souza

Gerard D'Souza OCSO

6th Abbot of the Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard, NY, USA

* 24 May 1958 Doha, Qatar

Gerard D'Souza is the son of Charles Anthony D’Souza and Maria Imelda Sequeira e D’Souza, both from Goa, India. He was born on 24 May 1958 in Doha, Qatar (UAE), where his father worked for British Petroleum. In 1963 the family returned to India.

Gerard did his schooling at Sacred Heart Boys’ High School in Santa Cruz, Bombay (today known as Mumbai). After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Mumbai, he joined the seminary (St Pius X College, Goregaon) in Mumbai in 1979. Four years later he discontinued studies because of the exigencies of the family business. In 1988 he went to the United States and earned a master’s degree (MA) in Religious studies from the Archdiocesan Catechetical Institute (now known as the Institute of Religious Studies) of St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York. He also studied the Syriac language and Patristics at the Catholic University of America, Washington.

On 15 October 1992 he entered the Abbey of the Genesee, took the Simple Vows on 9 April 1995 and Solemn Vows on 24 May 1999. He was ordained a priest on 23 June 2001 by Bishop Matthew H. Clark at Abbey of the Genesee. He has worked in the abbey's bakery, as a cook and in the business office. In 2004 he was appointed novice master, staying in that role until becoming abbot.

His election on 30 May 2012, was conducted by Abbot Elias Dietz, the father immediate from Abbey of Gethsemani, Ky., who then installed Abbot D'Souza later that day to begin a six-year term. He subsequently was given an abbatial blessing by Bishop Clark during Mass on 30 July 2012, at the abbey. On May 31, 2018, he was re-elected Abbot of the Community for a new six year term.



Vest.: 15 Oct 1992, Prof.: 9 Apr 1995, 24 May 1999; Sac.: 23 June 2001; Abbas: el. 30 May 2012, ben. 30 July 2012.


The Trappist monk from Goa, by Fr Nascimento Mascarenhas, Saligao Serenade, January 2010 [1] · New abbot takes helm at Abbey of the Genesee, by Mike Latona. Catholic Courier, October 5, 2012 [2].

Citation: D'Souza, Gerard, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 1.6.2018, URL: http://en.biocist.org/wiki/D%27Souza,_Gerard

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