Fr. Gregory Pinto is re-elected as a member of the General Council of the SVD. He was first elected to the general council in the 2006 General Chapter.
Fr. Pinto was born on December 31, 1948 at Mangalore, India. He is the youngest of the four children of Xavier and Maria. Both his parents are gone to their eternal reward. He has a sister and two brothers.
Gregory did his primary and secondary schooling at Mangalore and joined the SVD minor seminary in 1963. He completed his novitiate in 1971 and made his final vows in the same year. He did his philosophical and theological studies at Pune, India, and was ordained a priest in 1978.
Fr. Pinto has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a doctorate in Counseling. He is an experienced formator and administrator. He began his missionary life as vocation promoter at Mangalore and has been rector at the SVD Philosophate at Mysore and at the SVD Theologate at Pune. At his return from the Philippines, after the doctoral studies, he was the director of the Center for Spirituality and Counseling in Mumbai.
From 1987-1993, he was a member of the Provincial Council of the then INS province. From 1996-2002, he was the ASPAC Zonal Coordinator for formation. In 2002, he was elected Provincial Superior of the Mumbai Province in India (INM).
—Picture and text provided by Sebastian Mattappallil, SVD