Archbishop Felix Machado

Bishop of Vasai.

Born:
6 June 1948 in Holi, Vasai (Bassein), India. Baptised and received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Remedies, Vasai, India.

Education:

Elementary School: 1 – 7 grade : Our Lady of Remedy Marathi School, Vasai.
Middle School and High School: 8 –11 grade: St Thomas’ Marathi High School, Deotalao, Sandor, Vasai
University Education: Inter Arts (University of Bombay)
Special Diploma : Prajna in Marathi Literature, Marathi Sahitya Parishad, Pune.

Priestly Formation :

St Pius X College, Goregaon, Mumbai – Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Bombay (1966-73) Humanities and General Indian and Western Philosophy. Catholic Faculty of Lyon, France, Theology.

Three months of volunatary service in the refugee camps (refugees from Bangladesh, 1970-71) on the borders of India-Bangladesh. A year of pastoral experience among Adivasis (Talasari – Missions of the Archdiocese of Bombay) 1972-73.

Licentiate in Catholic Theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty, Lyon, France (1974-76).

Ordained as priest in the Archdiocese of Bombay 30 October 1976.

Pastoral Experience:

Assistant at St. Francis Xavier, Giriz, Vasai (nine months in 1977). Prolonged Stay with the Taizé Ecumenical Community (in France and in New York) 1973-79. Campus Minister at Hofstra University, Long Island, USA, from 1980-84 (appointed by the Bishop of Rockville Centre, Long Island). Pastoral Collaborator in a Catholic Parish (Parish of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the diocses of Rome from 1994-2008).Assistant at St. Francis Xavier, Giriz, Vasai (nine months in 1977). Prolonged Stay with the Taizé Ecumenical Community (in France and in New York) 1973-79. Campus Minister at Hofstra University, Long Island, USA, from 1980-84 (appointed by the Bishop of Rockville Centre, Long Island). Pastoral Collaborator in a Catholic Parish (Parish of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the diocses of Rome from 1994-2008).

Academic Studies:

M.A. in Theology (specialization in Catholic Missiology) Maryknoll School of Theology, New York, USA (1980).

Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Catholic Dogmatic Theology from Fordham University, New York, USA.

Has been Professor of Catholic Dogmatic Theology, Missiology and Formatter of the future priests at St Pius X College - Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Bombay, 1984 – 1993. (While accomplishing duties of professor and formatter in the Seminary, has also been animator of courses for on-going formation for priests in ministry; has also taught courses in theology and spirituality for religious and lay people; has also been appointed to promote ‘Small Christian Communities’ (SCCs) in the Marathi speaking areas, including Vasai, of the Archdiocese of Bombay, India).

From April 1993 to 2008 had been called to Rome in order to work in the Roman Curia (Holy See, Vatican) at the Asia Desk of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. On 1 October 1999, was nominated as Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, by Pope John Paul II. This appointment was confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Has been visiting professor of Catholic Dogmatic Theology and Missiology at: Pontifical Institute, ‘Regina Mundi’ (associated with the Gregorian University), Rome; Pontifical Institute of the Sciences of Education, ‘Auxilium’, Rome; the Rome Centre of the Loyola University in Chicago, USA., and at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Priest (of the Archdiocese of Bombay from 1976-1998) and then incardinated in the new diocese of Vasai since 1998. While continuing to fulfil the responsibilities of Undersecretary at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, worked as a collaborator in the Catholic Parish of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Monte Verde Nuovo, 00151 Rome; this appointment was officially made by the Vicar of Pope Benedict XVI for the Diocese of Rome.

Languages spoken:

Marathi (mother-tongue), Hindi (national langugae), English, French, Italian.

Languages studied:

Latin, Greek, Sanskrit and German

Publications:

Three books: Jnaneshvari, Path to Liberation; Journeying Together (in English, French and Italian), a Marathi translation and short commentary on the Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium; has also published over hundred articles in various international academic journals of Theology, Philosophy, Culture and Religion. Many of his articles appeared in the “l’Oservatore Romano” (multi-lingual Vatican newspaper) from 1993-2008. Editor of “Pro Dialogo”, an official trimestrial magazine of the Holy See, from 1999-2008.

On 16th January 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the Bishop of Nashik, India, giving him the personal title of “Archbishop”. He was Consecrated Bishop by His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay, in Nashik on 8th March 2008. On 10th November 2009 he was transferred to the See of Vasai and installed Archbishop-Bishop of Vasai, India., on 19th December 2009.

Archbishop Felix Machado was elected Member of the Executive Committee of the “Pax Christi International” in 1990. He was given the special task of making Pax Christi known to the wider circles in Asian countries. (Pax Christi International is a Catholic body which works for the issues of justice and peace and promotes the message of peace and reconciliation among all people of good-will).

Executive Committee Member of the Day of “Prayer for Children”. This International and Interreligious Committee was set up under the aegis of a Myochikai Buddhist from Japan. The Committee actively works in collaboration with the United Nations’ UNICEF and UNESCO Organisations and rallies for the rights of children throughout the world. In that capacity Archbishop Machado was invited to participate in the Panel Discussion which was organised by the Secretary General of UN, New York, on 20th November 2009 on the occasion of the “20th Anniversary of the Rights of the Child”.

Archbishop Machado has been a frequently invited key-note speaker in several national and international seminars (English, French and Italian) throughout the world.

Archbishop Machado has been elected (March 2010) to lead the Indian Bishops (CBCI) in promoting interreligious dialogue and national harmony in India. In 2011 Archbishop Machado was elected Chairperson of Ecumenism for the Catholic Conference of Bishops of India (CCBI). In 2013 Archbishop Machado was elected Chairman of the Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC). He is also Convener for the Committee for Translation of the Bible into Marathi and Convener for the Regional Marathi Liturgical Commission. As an expert on interreligious matters Archbishop Machado is often invited for cultural and religious events throughout the country, not only by the Church groups but above all by Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Jains. Archbishop Machado has also written Op-Ed page columns in daily newspapers on the subjects of spirituality, interreligious harmony and national integration.