Our Bishop

Most Reverend Kay Martin Schmalhausen Panizo, S.C.V. was born in Lima, Peru on July 27, 1964. He and his family lived in Germany until 1975. When they returned to Peru, he studied in Alexander von Humboldt High School in Lima.

In his high school years, he participated in a marian youth group.  It was then that he began to sense that God was calling him to the priesthood. After a process of spiritual and vocational discernment, he decided to become aspirant within the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae. In February of 1983, he entered a Sodalit community to begin his formation.

After having finished the initial stage of formation, he studied Philosophy and Theology in the Facultad de Teología Pontificia y Civil in Lima. Upon completion of his studies, he underwent a pastoral experience for a year in the Archdiocesan Seminary of Medellín, Columbia. On December 14, 1989, he made his perpetual profession as member of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae.  Two days later, he was ordained priest in the parish of Saint Anthony of Padua in Lima. The mass was presided by Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo (at the time Archbishop of Medellin, Columbia) and concelebrated by several archbishops and bishops.

After his ordination as priest, Fr. Kay Schmalhausen S.V.C. served as the Chaplain of the Christian Life Movement in Callao as well as Director of the Office of Communications in the Diocese of Callao. He was also advisor of the Diocesan Commission for the Family in that Diocese. Within the Sodalitium he served for several years as the Regional Assistant of Spirituality within the region of Peru.

In 2003, he was sent to the Archdiocese of Arequipa were he served as the Chaplain of the Catholic University of San Pablo, as well as Professor of Ethics and Director of the Institute for Marriage and Family. At the same time, he was also a Spiritual Director for the Family of Nazareth; one of the associations that form part of the Christian Life Movement.

On Februry 18,  2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Kay Schmalhausen, S.C.V. as Prelate of Ayaviri.  He was consecrated Bishop in the Cathedral of Lima on Sunday, April 23, 2006. The Principal Consecrator was Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru, and the Principal Co-Consecrators were Most Reverend Rino Passigato, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru, and Bishop Jose Antonio Eguren, S.C.V., Auxiliary Bishop of Lima. More than thirty-five archbishops and bishops participated in the consecration ceremony.

On April 30, 2006, in a solemn ceremony in the cathedral of Ayaviri, with the assistance of Archbishop Rino Passigato, Archbishop Juan Antonio Ugarte, Archbishop of Cuzco, and four other Bishops, Bishop Kay Martin Schmalhausen, S.C.V. entered the cathedral and received the obedience of the clergy of the Prelature of Ayaviri. It was a very special celebration with more than 1,000 attendants who participated with intense devotion and joy.

Episcopal Shield

This section shows the symbol for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, the Society of Apostolic Life to which Bishop Kay Martin proceeds. The symbol includes an “M” for Mary and the fire of the faith.

Here appears the Cross of the New Evangelization, which symbolizes the apostolic zeal necessary for these times, and which invites us to announce the one Gospel of Jesus Christ with new methods, new expressions and renewed ardor.

Depicts an image of the Peruvian High Andes, which represents the Prelature of Ayaviri. A star illuminates the landscape, which serves as a symbol of Mary, in whom Bishop Kay Martin has entrusted his ministry. It also represents the consecration of the Prelature to Our Lady of High Grace, patroness of the region.

The episcopal motto “My life is Christ” seeks to express the intimate communion with the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, that  Bishop Kay Martin recognizes he is called to live in his ministry. Only from a profound communion with the Lord Jesus is it possible to unfurl the pastoral charity as the Good Shepherd who goes out to meet his flock.