CLERGY ASSIGNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF DETROIT
Archbishop Allen Vigneron has announced that, with the concurrence of the Provincial Superior, Rev. Pedro Camilo Simones, SAC, Fr. Suresh, SAC, will take on a new assignment as Pastor in the Archdiocese.
Fr. Suresh will be succeeded by Fr. Theodore D' Cunha, SAC, effective July 1st, 2019.
My name is Father Theodore D’Cunha, but I am usually called Fr. Theo. I am a native of Mangalore, a beautiful city in Southern India. Mangalore is known as Rome of the East. The Diocese of Mangalore has given thousands of priest and nuns as well as several bishops to India and the Universal Church.
I was born to a loving family of which I am the youngest of 10 children. Unfortunately, I lost both parents at an early age, but grew up under the tender care of my oldest sister, Felcy.
As a little boy I was always close to priests and nuns, and their exemplary life attracted me to be a priest. After completing high school, I joined the Pallotine Religious Order "SAC" (Society of the Catholic Apostolate). Upon finishing studies for the priesthood, I was ordained on May 10, 1990.
I served as an associate priest in several parishes. During those years I met amazing people of deep faith and found the challenges of ministry among the people. After six years of active ministry in the parishes, I was appointed spiritual director of the young men who had just joined the seminary. Later, I was assigned pastor at St. Francis Xavier parish as well as chaplain of the Seafarers in Goa, a beautiful tourist destination in India. After I had served as a pastor for seven years, my superiors sent me to the United States to help out in a Pallotine parish in Sarasota, Florida. In May of 2004 I came to Sarasota Florida to accept my appointment as Parochial Vicar of St. Martha’s Catholic Church. At Sarasota I came to appreciate not only the warmth of a beautiful state, but also the warm friendship of American people.
After serving at St. Martha’s in Sarasota I was asked by my superiors to go to Detroit, MI. It was not a punishment to move from a warm climate to a colder climate, but a call to serve the need that was there. I was appointed as an associate pastor at St. John Newmann in Canton. I began to adjust to the cold climate and the hospitality of wonderful parishioners. I have served for some years as Pastor at St. Priscilla Catholic Church in Livonia, Michegan - a church with a tradition of Eucharistic Adoration. (Taken from the website of Saint Priscilla)