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On the Appointment of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore, the President of the Archdiocese Board of Education, Patron of St. Aloysius Educational Institutions, we the Staff and Students of St. Aloysius Educational Institutions praise and thank the Almighty God for our most beloved Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Machado. We extend our hearty congratulations, respect, appreciation, esteem and affection to our Archbishop and our President. Soon after his consecration as the Archbishop on 31st May, his grace accepted our invitation to celebrate Patron’s Day, St. Aloysius of Gonzaga on 21st June with the Thanksgiving Mass.

Opening the chapters of his Life Book, we found that the Archbishop Peter Machado was born into a family of devout parents and modest means from Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka on 26thMay 1954. He was ordained as a priest on 8th December1978 in the Diocese of Karwar. He obtained his Masters Degree in Commerce from Pune University and Doctorate in Canon Law from Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. He was appointed Bishop of Belgaum on 2nd February 2006 and was ordained Bishop on 30thMarch that year. He served as a procurator, judicial vicar, consulter and secretary of the Karnataka regional bishop’s Laity Commission, based in Bangalore. By following the footsteps of his predecessor, he has perhaps gone a few steps ahead taking the diocese to even greater heights. A person of profound faith and prayer, simple and accessible, gentle and humble in his dealings with others. As a good leader, the Archbishop gets all collaborators to work under him effectively. A tireless worker, he attends to each day’s responsibilities without postponing them. He has touched the lives of many. He is a great inspiration to many.

No sooner was he consecrated, he got to work — travelling extensively to get first-hand information regarding the diocese and his flock. He travelled across the length and breadth of the diocese reaching almost every parish and many remote villages in the diocese. His aptitude to mingle with people combined with his modesty made him the "Common Man's Bishop" and "Down to Earth " Bishop. He has set the path of his visitation already in our Archdiocese. Bishop Dr. Peter Machado was canonically installed as Archbishop of Bengaluru on Thursday, 31st May at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. He is the 7th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. His 12 years of service as the Bishop of Belgaum saw great pastoral, educational and social developments in the diocese.

He has a great love for the poor, the sick and the suffering. He is a great thinker, prolific reader, good orator and an erudite writer, thus keeps himself abreast of the events of the time. These qualities would definitely help him in his pastoral ministry in the archdiocese. His interest in empowering the lay faithful is indeed commendable. Presently, he is the Chairman of the Catholic Council of Karnataka and as such, he is involving the laity in all the welfare activities in the region. Greatness lies in the cloak of humility. We are indeed privileged and proud to have an exemplary President, Shepherd and Archbishop. May all your dreams for our Institutions and Archdiocese come true.


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