Rt. Rev. Dr. PETER BERNARD PEREIRA (1917-1978) (Second Bishop & First Indian Bishop of Trivandrum) (1966-1978)

Rt.Rev.Dr. Peter Bernard Pereira, was born on 21st June 1917 in an ancient and noble catholic family (Kottarkari) in Murukkunpuzha in the northern part of the Trivandrum District, Late Bishop’s immediate relative his sister – is now in Malaysia, Mr. F.I. Pereira, Sunnyside, Trivandrum – 4
He was ordained as a priest on 24th March 1944, he was first attached as an Assistant to the parish priest, Scared Heart Church, Chullimanoor- as mission area in the Nedumangad taluk. Later on, he became the parish priest there, and continued as such till 5th May 1955, when he was elevated as Titular Bishop of Ursi and Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum from. He was Co-adjutor cum jure successions of Trivandrum from July 4th 1961.

On October 24,1966, when the then Bishop Rt. Rev, Vincent D Dereire, OCD, resigned from the see of Trivandrum the Diocese of Trivandrum passed on into the hands of Bishop Peter Bernard Pereira, who has had the unique privilege of being the first Indian Bishop to guide the destinies of the Trivandrum diocese. He continued as such for nearly twelve years, until his sad demise on 13th June 1978 after a short spell of illness.

In the social field, he achieved a lot for the uplift of the poor and down- trodden. The Trivandrun Social Society started by his was a new field of enterprise at that time in this respect. It was the late Bishop who initiated and implemented the Marianad Project. At Pallithura when hundreds of poor traditional fishermen were evicted to give way for ISRO establishments, Bishop Pereira constructed 220 pucca houses for the victims of eviction in the 18 acres of land, which the late Bishop bought earlier.