Pope Francis on Saturday appointed a new bishop to the Diocese of Dili, the Capital of Timor Leste, East Timor. Fr. Virgilio Do Carmo Da Silva, the provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Timor Leste is the new bishop. The See of Dili has been vacant since Feb. 9, 2015, after late Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva stepped down.
Born Nov. 27, 1967 a Venilale, Fr. Da Silva completed his primary and secondary studies at the Salesian schools of Fatumaca and decided to join the Salesians. After his philosophy and theology in Manila, in the Philippines, he pronounced his first vows on May 31, 1990 and perpetual vows on Dec. 18, 1998. After his priestly ordination Fr Da Silva served as formater and novice master of Salesians, economer, parish priest and director of a technical school. He also has a licentiate in spirituality from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome.