Originally from Colva, Goa, Bishop Agnelo Gracias was born in Mombasa, Kenya, Africa, on July 30, 1939. After finishing his priestly studies through the diocesan seminary, Parel and St Pius X College, Goregaon, he was ordained priest on December 21, 1962. After serving as an assistant at Holy Name Cathedral from June 1, 1963 to May 31, 1971 he was deputed to Rome for further studies – Doctorate in Spiritual Theology – between 1971-1975. Upon his return, he joined the St Pius X College as professor and spiritual director on June 1, 1975. On June 1, 1985 he was appointed the Rector of St Pius X College and held the position till May 31, 1993.
He served as parish priest at St Michael’s Church, Mahim from June 1, 2000 to February 2001. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay on March 13, 2001 and ordained bishop by Cardinal Ivan Dias on April 21, 2001. On February 28, 2002 he was elected Chairman, CBCI Family Commission, Jalandar. He became Archdiocesan Consulter on August 1, 2007 and was appointed Pontifical Commissary Heralds of Good News on January 16, 2008.
In January 2011, Bishop Agnelo was appointed Chairman, CCBI Doctrinal Commission and on June 1, 2011 was once again appointed the Rector of St Pius X College, Goregaon till May 31, 2013.
He currently resides at the Archbishop’s House, Fort and oversees the Small Christian Communities. He is responsible for the general administration of the Archdiocese and is also Convenor of the Archdiocesan Proclamation Commission for Faith Evangelisation (Shrines, Parishes, Schools).
On 20th of September 2018, he was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Jalandhar, sede plena et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis.
On October 6th he reached Jalandhar and was welcomed by the Vicar Generals and Priests at the Bishop’s House
On October 8th he took charge as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Jalandhar at an impressive ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, Jalandhar City.