Bishop announces priest assignment

6 years ago

PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Robert P. Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced the following priest assignment on Tuesday, Nov. 20, effective immediately.

Fr. Nehru Stephen Savayaria, HGN, has been appointed as temporary parochial vicar of Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston), Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon Falls, and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Sabattus (includes St. Francis Church in Greene).

He is currently parochial vicar of the Parish of the Precious Blood in Caribou.

Born in Pinjivakkam Kandigai, India, Fr. Nehru Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, India. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 10, 2013, at Heralds of Good News Minor Seminary, also in Tamil Nadu.

Since his ordination, he has served as an assistant parish priest at St. Thomas Mount International Shrine in Chennai, India, which marks the burial place of St. Thomas, the apostle. He then served as house superior at the Heralds of Good News Provincialate for two years before departing for his new assignment in Maine, where he has served since 2016.

He is a priest of the Heralds of Good News (HGN), a missionary society of apostolic life in India that specializes in the promotion of vocations to the priesthood.