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Yuvojanotsava Held in Bellary; Youth Joyfully Committed to be Agents of Good News

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BELLARY, OCT 19-22: Over 300 youth enthusiastically participated in the Diocesan Youth Convention held on Oct.19-22, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Community Centre, Cantonment Bellary. It was well represented from the three district of Bellary diocese namely Bellary, Raichur and Koppal districts.

At the inauguration of the four days youth festival Bishop Henry D Souza, Bishop of Bellary and National and Karnataka regional Youth Chairman enlightened the youth to fearlessly declare their faith in God and to take leadership roles in the Church and society.



Sri. Venketaramana, Mayor of Bellary City Corporation at the occasion urged the youth of Bellary to make use of their youthful energy at the service of the society.


The  convention was well animated by Fr. Arogyanathan, Sirwar ,Mrs. Gayathri, DSP, Ballari, Fr. Mari Joseph, former KRCBC Youth Commission Secretary, Prolife promoter, Mrs. Manjula Joy, Fr. Anil D’ Sa, KRCBC Regional Youth Director, Mr. Nasir, Secretary Congress Youth Wing ,Fr. Deepak OCD, The CBCI National Youth Director.


At the occasion Mr. Harry D’Souza, Bangalore spoke about various schemes available through Christian Development Council, Govt. of Karnataka and urged all those present to make use of it.


Well known Jesus Youth team Mr. Sijo and team made the session vibrant.


The Youth Convention was successfully organised by Fr.Prem Kumar D’Souza, Secretary Diocesan Youth Commission and his team Mr. Augustine, Diocesan ICYM Youth president , Sr.Lilly FS, ICYM ,Diocesan Lady Animator, Mr. Dass, Diocesan ICYM  Chairman and other youth leaders.

Donors and sponsors of the youth convention were gratefully recalled at the occasion.


Bellary Diocese Religious Dedicate to Pastoral Ministry

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BELLARY, 24 SEPT, 2017.Head of Institutions and Religious Houses of the Diocese of Bellary gathered for their annual meeting at Bishop’s House, Bellary on 24th September 2017 reflected on the integration into the pastoral life of the Diocese.


There were 53 participants from the various Religious houses/ institutions of the diocese.


Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary presented the highlights and the main thrusts of Pope Francis Pastoral Exhortation “ Amoris Laetitia”


He also invited the religious to rededicate themselves to move from Institution maintenance to Pastoral Mission also to rediscover their Founders “charism” in the light of  Pope Francis’s “Joy of the Gospel”


The Religious leaders present enthusiastically agreed to empower themselves for Pastoral Commitment and the people in their care. They positively responded the invitation of the Bishop to collaborate with diocesan education policy and to promote culture of life, social and environmental harmony and to protect human and minority rights.


At the occasion the Bishop appealed to the heads of Charitable institutions particularly  the children homes to be registered under District Women and Children Welfare Department. And to follow the new government norms regarding financial transactions.


Sr. Lissy Francis ASMI, Vidya Nagar,Raichur has been felicitated on her Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession at the occasion.


Diocesan CRI unit president Sr. Shalini RGS thanked all those present.

The day’s session concluded with Eucharistic celebration and fraternal meal.



Large Gathering Witnessed Renovation and Extension of the Church at Sirwar

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RAICHUR, SEP 6, 2017:Hundreds rejoiced the dedication of the renovated and extended church at Sirwar, Raichur district.


Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary dedicated Holy Cross Church for the glory of God and worship purposes.


In his homily the Bishop reminded “the majesty of the Church building is a symbol of the Spiritual temple which is built by living stones the souls of the faithful”


Sirwar Mission was started in the year 1979 with Rev.Fr. Charles D Souza as its first parish priest. It constituted a few villages of Kowtal and Hutti parishes. Earlier in 1979 Fr. Charles resided in a mud hut and portion of the hut was used as a chapel.

Later Church building was built and blessed by Bishop Joseph D’ Silva on 2nd December 1996 when Fr. N. A. Vincent was the Parish Priest.


Rev.Fr. Arogyanathan, the present Parish Priest has taken up the much needed renovation and extension of Holy Cross Church, Sirwar in 2016. Everybody appreciated his dedicated service to this Mission. There are around 850 Catholics in Sirwar Parish.


A new school( Holy Cross School)  was started at Sirwar in 2010 to cater the educational needs of local Catholics and others by Fr. Sam Nalan.


Many priests, religious and lay faithful joyfully witnessed the occasion.


Sisters of the Charity (S.C.C.G) serve this mission since 1979. They involve themselves in the medical, social development and educational mission.


Rev. Fr. Arogyanathan gratefully recalled with gratitude the services of the pioneers Rev. Frs. Charles D Souza, N.A. Vincent, M.A. Alphonse, Arulaiah, Sma Nalan  who served in this parish and honoured them at the occasion. He also thanked the donors, well wishers and all those present at the occasion.


Newly Built School Building of Mount Carmel School Inaugurated

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GURUGUNTA, AUG 14, 2017:Newly built Mount Carmel School, Gurugunta was declared open by Member of Legislative Council, Lingasugur Constituency, Sri Manappa D Vajjal  Aug. 14,2017 at Gurugunta, Lingasugur Taluk  in Raichur district.

Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza blessed the building. In his message Bishop D’Souza  said“Catholic Diocese of Bellary through BDBE is committed to impart education to this most backward area of Gurugunta and surrounding villages”.

It is to be noted here that Fr.Sunderraj is the pioneer in establishing this New Educational Mission at Gurugunta in 2012.

The Diocese of Bellary is ever grateful for the donation of Manos Unidas, Spain  for the construction of the School building at Gurugunta. It is one of the most backward areas of Karnataka.

Sri Guru Gajantha Shivayogi, Sr. Ismail Moulain, and other community leaders, Fr. Paulraj, VG, Fr.Vincent M.D, Secretary BDBE, Fr. Sam Nalan, Diocesan Financial Administrator  along with many priests, nuns and dignitaries were present at the occasion.

The hard work of Fr Yagappa, present Manager and the Staff of Gurugunta School is appreciated by one and all.

Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny who carryout social developmental works at Gurugunta since 1993 involve themselves in the educational ministry at Mount Carmel School.

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Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine

Bellary-Mathe-small The Shrine of Bellary Arogya Mathe was blessed and dedicated on 8th September 2000 on the feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary in memory of the great jubilee 2000 and the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Bellary


Diocesan Diamond Jubilee

This year is Diamond Jubilee of our Bellary Diocese.  It is completing 60 years in the service to God and His people.


Loss of Life and Property due to Flash Floods in Bellary Diocese

 Number of people affected : 151,934
Loss of life : 72
Villages affected : 1,296
Houses destroyed/damaged : 118,833
Relief being distributed to : 3,500 families
No. Catholic houses lost: 560
Number of medical camps held : 22