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GANGAVATHI: Infant Jesus Church [1980]

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: Infant Jesus Church

: 1980

: Infant Jesus

: 372

: 74

: Infant Jesus Church, Gangavathi – 583 227, Koppal Dt

: Koppal

: Fr. P.J.Irudhayraj

: 9448021130

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: Mr.Chowrappa Buddini

: Mr.Samuel Saladin

: Altar Servers & Youth Association

: 8:30 amon Sundays

: 6:00 am on weekdays


A brief history of the parish:

Gangavathi being a fast-developing town, with immigrants, even Catholics, was first served from T.B.Dam parish. Fr. Silva C.V., SJ and Fr. Denis Menezes catered to their spiritual needs from T.B. Dam regularly. Fr. Joseph Panjakal MSFS, Parish Priest of Munirabad also started visiting Gangavathi and Anegundi often. Thereafter, land was purchased for the construction of the church and the presbytery. On 19 December 1980, Fr. Thomas D’Souza was appointed as the first parish priest of Gangavathi, residing temporarily in Munirabad with Fr. Anthony Raj P. as his Assistant. After Fr. Thambiraj was appointed parish priest of Munirabad, Fr. Thomas shifted his residence to a rented house at Gangavathi in July 1981 and started his ministry. During the time of Fr. Anthiah R. C., the present church was built and dedicated on 22 August 1990. The school building was constructed and blessed by Fr. Paul Raj in 1994. It was named after Bishop John F. Hogan ofm, the first Bishop of Bellary. In the year 2015 the  school came under Govt. Grant-in-Aid system.

Priests/Religious from the Parish: Fr. Jeevan Dandavathi, MSFS, Deacon Joseph SDB and Sr. Jyothi Dandavathi (SCC).


  1. Anjaaneya Halli (6 families)
  2. Chikka Rampur Katri (10 families)
  3. Shreeram Nagar (7 families)
  4. Basaveshwar Camp (2 families)
  5. Kotayya Camp (1 family)
  6. Oddara Hatti (1 family)
  7. Anegundi&Vanna Ballari (15 families)


Convent: Asha Kiran Convent – Sisters of Charity

Institutions:Bishop Hogan Primary School (Kannada Medium)

Boarding: Asha Kiran Girls’ Boarding


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