Allahabad bishop Isidore Fernandes “consecrates and installs” Protestant bishop
By Michael Prabhu
Taken from ephesians 511
Consecration & Installation Ceremony of Bishop Yeshu Darbar Most Rev. Prof. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal http://www.shiats.edu.in/cons/cons_cerm.htm
The ‘Yeshu Darbar’ had a small beginning as Gospel and Plough. A group of six people used to gather for prayer in 1994 at the home of Prof. R.B. Lal. It was a period of turbulence in the life of the then Allahabad Agricultural Institute. In 1996 the group to be fifty and used to meet every Saturday at 5:00pm at Chapel of Brotherly Love and Prayer for healing was offered by him. In 2001 the Sunday Prayer was witnessed by four five hundred people in the Chapel. People began to come in large number to hear the word of God and be healed. Hence the venue shifted. In April 2001 former Chancellor of SHIATS (Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology) University anointed Rev. Fr. Prof. Rajendra B. Lal in recognizing his divine calling. The General House Meeting of the Yeshu Darbar held on 18th July 2012 under the chairmanship of the Chancellor Rev. Dr. J.A. Oliver of SHIATS, decided unanimously publicly to Proclaim, Consecrate and Install Rev. Fr. Prof. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal as ‘the First Bishop of Yeshu Darbar’ on Sunday the 4th November 2012. [See also http://www.shiats.edu.in/yDarbar/yDarbar.asp and http://yeshudarbar.org/%5D
Most Rev. Isidore Fernandes of Roman Catholic Church of Allahabad being assisted by the Bishops of United Evangelist Lutheran Church of India, Evangelical Church of India, Methodist Church of India, Primate of Anglican Church of India and Clergies of Yeshu Darbar, ‘Consecrated and Installed’.
The Procession of Consecration and Installation service started from Rein Basera which included cross bearer Mr. Johnathan Lal and Flag bearer Dr. Ranjan A. John. Rev. Dr. J.A. Oliver Chancellor, SHIATS started the programme with invocation. He welcomed all the Bishops/Overseers, clergies, and guests from different parts of country. Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Jagdhari Masih led the Congregation in Responsive reading followed by opening prayer Most Rev Isidore Fernandes, Bishop Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Allahabad.
Rt. Rev. Phillip S. Masih, Bishop Methodist Church of India Lucknow conference, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Pancho Bishop MP Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chindwara, Dr. Charles Dias Church Historian and Member of Parliament, Rev. Fr. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal, Rt. Rev (Dr.) R. D. Vijay Kumar Bishop Arcot Lutheran Church, Cuddalore and Rev. Vashu Lal Mike Masand, New York participated in Reading the passages from the Bible.
Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar (Priest) Judah Hyam Synagogue sang Psalm in Hebrew Language. Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma, Metropolitan of Marthoma Church gave the special message on this occasion. Most Rev. Dr. Isidore Fernandes, Roman Catholic Bishop, Diocese of Allahabad, Most Rev. (Dr.) M. Ezra Sargunam, Bishop of Evangelical Church of India, Chennai, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Panchoo, Bishop, Madhya Pradesh Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chindwara, Rt. Rev. Dr. R. D. Vijaykumar, Bishop, Arcot Lutheran Church Cuddalore, Most Rev. Prof. (Dr.) Busi Suneel Bhanu, Moderator, Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Guntur, Rev. Prof. (Dr.) P. B. Arnold, President & Chairman, Governing Council of Mennonite Brethren Church of India, Mahabubnagar (A. P.) consecrated and installed Rev. Fr. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal as the First & Presiding Bishop of Yeshu Darbar. These Bishops, Presented Sacred and Episcopal Elements such as Bible, Stole and Cope, Mitre, Pastoral Staff, Ring and Cross to Bishop R. B. Lal.
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Later these Bishops gave right hand to fellowship to Bishop Lal. Rev. Prof. Dr. Sarvjeet Herbert, General Secretary, Yeshu Darbar Trust read the instrument of consecration. Bishop Mandal from Methodist Church of India Delhi Prayed for Bishop Lal. Bro. P. C. Verghese prayed for the family members (Dr. Mrs. Sudha Lal (Wife), Mrs. Halina Lal, (Mother), Jonathan (Son), Abhilasha Daughter In law Joyce & Joel, grand children, Prof. (Dr.) S. B. Lal , Mr. Vinod B. Lal, and Sisters). Choir sang the Church Hymns and Songs written by Bishop Lal. Service was conducted by Rev. Dr. Samuel Richmond, Associate Chaplain, SHIATS. Rev. Dr. Rajan Dass, Auxiliary Secretary of Bible Society of India, Allahabad presented Pulpit Bible to the newly Installed Bishop. At the end newly consecrated & installed Bishop R. B. Lal gave challenging message to the community and prayed for them.
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Dec 3, 2012: Yeshu Darbar Nov 4 2012 Consecration & Installation Ceremony of Bishop Yeshu Darbar Most. Rev. Fr. Prof. (Dr.) Rajendra B. Lal [Bishop Isidore Fernandes can be clearly observed]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psKz075Y_2E 28:11
View the “healing and deliverance ministry” of Protestant Bishop Prof. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal who Bishop Isidore Fernandes consecrated and installed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0nv9pts1ZY 5:37 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHNcxsk5Hb0&NR=1&feature=endscreen 2:19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk27IncHKBQ&NR=1&feature=endscreen 9:45 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSsqxkjOscQ 45:22
17 DAYS LATER, BISHOP ISIDORE IS REWARDED WITH A PH.D. BY THE PROTESTANT BISHOP:
Proud moments at Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences convocation http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-21/allahabad/35256941_1_sam-higginbottom-institute-shiats-chief-guest EXTRACT
November 21, 2012, ALLAHABAD: Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Formerly Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Deemed-to-be-University on Wednesday organised its 8th Convocation. Prof Brady J Deaton, Chancellor & CEO, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA was the chief guest while SHIATS Chancellor Dr J A Oliver presided over the function. Programme commenced with reading from scriptures and prayer following which Dr Oliver declared the opening of the convocation proceedings. Registrar Prof (Dr) AKA Lawrence welcomed the chief guest. […]
Prof Lal gave away the degrees to students while chief guest distributed medals to merit holders… During the function, Prof Lal distributed degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in social science to Prof Brady J Deaton, Most Rev Joseph Marthoma, Most Rev Isidore Fernandes, Major Jaswant Kumar Michael, Ghulam Ahmad Bhatt and Marri Shasidhar Reddy. Prof Lal also gave degree of doctorate in science to Prof Katesh V Katti and degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Theology to Bro P C Varghese.
To the best of my knowledge, this story was not reported in any leading Catholic magazine or internet media.
I understand from a reliable source that
1. Bishop Isidore Fernandes is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
2. Rome has instituted an inquiry into the matter of the “consecration and installation”.
However, I trust that other Catholic media will pick up this story and bring it to the attention of the Apostolic Nuncio to India as well as to the Holy See in case they are as yet unaware of it.
UPDATE, JANUARY 31, 2013:
70 DAYS LATER, BISHOP ISIDORE FERNANDES, AGED ONLY 66, IS REMOVED BY ROME!
HE WAS ASKED TO PUT IN HIS RESIGNATION. WHO SAYS THAT ROME IS ALWAYS SLOW TO ACT?
Vatican City, 31 January 2013– Today, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Ignatius Menezes as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the diocese of Allahabad (area 46,774, population 32,199,000, Catholics 13,263, priests 90, religious 370), India. Bishop Menezes, emeritus of Ajmer, India, succeeds Bishop Isidore Fernandes, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Allahabad the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para 2* of the Code of Canon Law. – Vatican Information Service (VIS) *401§2 A diocesan Bishop who, because of illness or some other grave reason, has become unsuited for the fulfilment of his office, is earnestly requested to offer his resignation from office. Source: http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG0017/_P1D.HTM
Go to the following links especially ephesians 511
Can. 401 §1. A diocesan bishop who has completed the seventy-fifth year of age is requested to present his resignation from office to the Supreme Pontiff, who will make provision after he has examined all the circumstances.
Isidore Fernandes (born 2 January 1947) is the reigning Bishop of the Diocese of Allahabad, India. He was appointed as Bishop by Pope John Paul II on 5 May 1988 and his Episcopal ordination took place on 4 Aug 1988, at the hands of Most Rev. Cecil D’Sa, the then Archbishop of Agra. At the time of his episcopal ordination at the age of 41 years, he was one of the youngest Catholic Bishops of India.