Bp. Symphorian Keeprath

Bishop Symphorian Keeprath OFMCap., was consecrated Bishop at St. Francis’ Church, Amritsar on 18th March,1972 and he was installed at the Cathedral at Jullundur Cantt on 22nd of the same month. He dynamically served the Diocese for the next 35 years and saw to the steady growth of the Diocese on all fronts. The number of faithful increased from 15,000 in 1972 to 1,15,000 in 2006. His resignation was accepted by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI due to his reaching the canonical age of retirement on February 24, 2007. Rt. Rev. Dr. Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Delhi, was appointed as his successor. Bishop Symphorian Keeprath OFMCap. spent the rest of his days at Domus Mariae, Ludhiana, as he preferred to be close to the Hospital for his treatments. He spent his last days in the CMC Hospital with several complications to his internal organs and passed away for his eternal reward on May 3, 2015. His mortal remains were laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Jalandhar Cantt., on May 9, 2015 in a solemn celebration of the funeral rites attended by several ecclesiastical and civil dignitaries.