Archdiocese of Bhopal

Archbishop Cornelio

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Archbishop Leo Cornelio

Archbishop's House 33, Ahmedabad Palace Road Bhopal - 462 001 Madhya Pradesh, India

+91 755 25 40 829, 4234903 (Mob) 09425609199

Fax :+91 755 2544737,

Archbishop Leo Cornelio SVD was born on March 14, 1945 in Kukkunje, near the coastal city of Udupi in Karnataka to late Mr. Valerian Cornelio and Mrs. Rose Cornelio. After completing his primary schooling in his native place, at the early age of thirteen he was recruited for the Divine Word Missionary (SVD) and was admitted to Rajeshwar Vidhyalaya, Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. There he continued his studies from 1958 to 1962.

After completing two years in the juniorate of the Divine Word Society in Mhow where he studied Latin and other disciplines, he joined the novitiate (1964-1966) for spiritual and religious formation. After his first profession, he graduated in Philosophy and in Theology at the Papal Athenaeum, Pune in the year 1968 and 1972 respectively.

He was ordained a priest in his native parish at Mount Rosary Church, Kallianpur on Nov. 14, 1972. Soon after his ordination, he joined Gyan Ashram, Mumbai. Later he obtained Master's degree in English literature from the State University. In June 1983, he went to Rome for a spiritual and theological course. On his return to India in 1984, he was elected Provincial Superior of the SVD Central Indian province with its headquarters in Indore. Three years later, in 1987, he was re-elected to the same position.

In June 1988, at the SVD General Chapter held in Rome, he was elected General Councillor. He served for two terms of six years each in that position.

Besides being well acquainted with several Indian languages and English he is also proficient in Italian, Spanish, French, German and Indonesian.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Bishop of Khandwa Diocese. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People; and in 2006 he was reappointed by Pope Benedict XVI for a second term for the same. He is also the chairman of the CBCI Commission for Youth and Chairperson of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) as well as of YCS/YSM, both at the national and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh level. Besides, he is a member of the CBCI Commission for Social Communications and also the financial administrator for the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Regional Major Seminaries at Bhopal and Ashta.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Paschal Topno, S.J. Emeritus (1994-2007)
  • Archbishop Eugene D'Souza, M.S.F.S. (1963- 1994)