William Leonard D'Mello

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
William Leonard D'Mello
Bishop of Karwar
Archdiocese Bangalore
Diocese Karwar
Appointed 24 January 1976
Term ended 24 February 2007
Predecessor Inaugural
Successor Derek Fernandes
Ordination 16 April 1957
Consecration 29 April 1977
by Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy
Personal details
Birth name William Leonard D'Mello
Born 24 March 1931
Died 19 July 2011
Buried Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, Kajubag
Nationality Indian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Karwar, Karnataka
Motto Duc in Altum

William Leonard D'Mello (24 March 1931 – 19 July 2011) was the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Karwar, India.

Born in Mangalore and ordained to the priesthood in 1957, D'Mello was named bishop of the Karwar Diocese in 1976 and retired in 2007.[1]

Early life[edit]

D'Mello was born on March 24, 1931, at Cascia, the third of six children born to Joseph and Santana D'Mello.[2]

Bishop of Karwar[edit]

On January 24, 1976, at 44 years of age, D'Mello was appointed Bishop of the newly-erected Diocese of Karwar by Pope Paul VI. His episcopal consecration took place only on April 29, 1977. Archbishop Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy served as Consecrator, assisted by Archbishop Packiam Arokiaswamy and Bishop Ignatius P. Lobo.[2]

One of D'Mello's key initiatives was promoting vocations to the priesthood and the religious life in his diocese. He encouraged young men to enter the seminary, and sought to bring more congregations of religious sisters into his new diocese.


D'Mello submitted his resignation upon reaching the age of 75 as required by the Code of Canon Law and in February 2007, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation and appointed Derek Fernandes as his successor.

In retirement, he lived at the 'Sandhya Vandan'. D'Mello died July 19, 2011, aged 80 and was buried in the Diocese of Karwar's Cathedral of the Assumption.[2]


  1. ^ "Bishop William Leonard D'Mello". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Former Bishop of Karwar William D'Mello Passes Away at 82". Daijiworld Media. July 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2016.