Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado
Archbishop of Bangalore
Archbishop Dr Peter Machado is the 7th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.
Dr Peter Machado, son of the late Aveline and the late Anthony Machado, hails from Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district. Born on May 26, 1954 in Honnavar, he joined St Michael’s Seminary, Belagavi, before his matriculation. He continued his high school studies at St Paul’s High School in Belagavi and was later sent to Papal Seminary in Pune to do his philosophical and theological studies. He obtained a master’s degree in commerce from Pune University.
He was ordained priest on December 8, 1978 for the diocese of Karwar. He holds a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome.
He was appointed bishop of Belagavi by the then Pope Benedict XVI, on February 2, 2006, and he was ordained a Bishop in Belagavi in the same year on March 30.
His 12 years of service as the bishop of Belagavi saw great pastoral, educational and social developments in the diocese. A number of new churches and education institutions were built for the overall uplift and welfare of the underprivileged in the diocese.
He is simple and hardworking and has a great love for the poor. He is a great thinker, prolific reader, good orator and an erudite writer, and thus keeps himself abreast of the events of the time. He has been a great protagonist of the family ministry and he has headed the Regional Commission for Family and Laity at the Karnataka regional level for many years.
As communiqué received from Rome through the Apostolic Nuncio, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Bishop Peter Machado as the 7th Archbishop of Bangalore & was officially made known in Vatican on March 19, 2018 and was installed on the 31st of may 2018