Alphonsus Mathias

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Alphonsus Mathias
Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore
Ordination24 August 1954
Consecration5 Feb 1964
by James Knox
Personal details
Born (1928-06-22) 22 June 1928 (age 95)
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceBangalore India
ParentsDiego Mathias and Philomena D’Souza

Alphonsus Mathias (born on June 22, 1928, in Pangala, India) is a retired Roman Catholic archbishop of the archdiocese of Bangalore.


He was ordained a priest on 24 August 1954 and was appointed as the bishop of the Diocese of Chikmagalur on 16 November 1963.[1] The Apostolic Internuncio in India James Knox consecrated him on 5 February of the next year to the bishop ; co-consecrators were Albert Vincent D'Souza, Archbishop of Calcutta, and Raymond D'Mello, Bishop of Allahabad.

Mathias attended the Second Vatican Council. On 12 September 1986, he was appointed Archbishop of Bangalore, a role in which he served until he resigned on 24 March 1998.[2][3] He was the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India from 1989 to 1994.[4]


  1. ^ "Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore Dr. Alphonse Mathias completes 50 years of Episcopal Consecration". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  2. ^ "ARCHBISHOPS/BISHOPS EMERITI | Archdiocese of Bangalore". ArchdioceseOfBLR. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Archdiocese of Bangalore: Farewell to Archbishop Alphonsus Mathias". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Fruitful 90: A glimpse into the journey of Dr Alphonsus Mathias, Archbishop Emeritus of Bengaluru". Retrieved 17 May 2021.

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