Peter Machado to be ordained Bishop of Belgaum Diocese on March 30

Peter Machado  

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He will be the fifth bishop of the diocese

The announcement in this regard was made in Rome on February 2 Peter Machado hails from Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district About 8,000 Catholics are likely to attend the ceremony

Belgaum: Peter Machado will be installed as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Belgaum on March 30.

The ceremony follows the appointment of Rev. Peter Machado, Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Karwar, as the fifth Bishop of the Belgaum Diocese by Pope Benedict XVI. The announcement in this regard was made in Rome on February 2.

The episcopal ordination ceremony will take place at 3.30 p.m. at the St. Paul's "A" ground here that day. Rev. Pedro Lopez Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio in India and the Vatican Ambassador to India, will ordain Rev. Peter Machado as the fifth Bishop of the Belgaum Diocese spread over the districts of Belgaum, Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag and Bagalkot, and Chandgadh taluk of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra.

Rev. Derek Fernandes, Administrator, Diocese of Belgaum, told presspersons on Saturday that Rev. Peter Machado, son of Aveline and the late Anthony Machado hails from Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district. Born on May 26, 1954 in his native village, he joined St. Michael's Seminary, Belgaum, before completing his matriculation. He continued his high school studies at St. Paul's High School in Belgaum and was later sent to Papal Seminary in Pune for philosophical and theological studies. He obtained a commerce degree from Pune University and also holds a doctorate in Canon Law from Urban University, Rome.

Twenty of the nearly one 100 bishops heading different dioceses across the country will attend the ceremony. Office-bearers of national level bodies of the Catholic Church will be present. About 8,000 Catholic Christians from Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra are likely to attend the ceremony.

The Diocese of Belgaum, which celebrated its golden jubilee in October 2003, has seen four bishops since its inception in 1953. Bishop Michael Rodrigues was the first. Fortunato Coutinho became the second bishop. Bishop Ignatius Lobo, who became third bishop, was a pastor and educationist. Bernard Moras is the fourth bishop.

The Diocese of Belgaum had 14 parishes when it came into existence. Today, there are 58 parishes and 120 sub-stations.