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New Office Bearers Elected For Catholic Association Of Ballari

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altBALLARI, AUG 26: The Catholic Association of Ballari at its general body meeting held recently, elected a new team of office bearers.

They are:

Mr. A. V. Jerald (President), Mr. Felix Braganza (Imm. Past President), Mr. Sunil Joseph (Vice President), Mr. Y. Joseph (Secretary), Ms. Agnesamma (Jt. Secretary), Ms. Celine Pushparaj (Org. Secretary), Mr. Suby Mathew (Treasurer) and Mr. Raju Balraj (Spokesperson).

The main thrust of the Association is to be “outward looking” and to foster leadership in the civil society.

The office bearers of CAB intend to expand membership and start units in the talukas.


The association intends to build bridges between communities and enhance social harmony. 



Fr. Ronnie Prabhu Crusader Of Inter-religious Dialogue And Ecumenism Passes Away

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BENGALURU, AUG. 19: The Diocese of Ballari salutes the champion of inter-religious dialogue and ecumenism Fr. Ronnie Prabhu of the Society of Jesus who passed away today in Bangalore.

Fr. Ronnie Prabhu during his tenure as Provincial of Karnataka Region initiated  Pannur- Manvi Jesuit Mission  in 1998 at Jagir Pannur and Manvi areas.

Today Jesuits at Jagir Pannur –Manvi Mission, besides providing pastoral care, run two English Medium Schools, a PU and Degree College for the underprivileged in Raichur District. Today over 2000 students are being educated in Loyala Institutions at Manvi – Pannur. They also run a dispensary at Jagir Pannur. Fr. Ronnie was the force behind it.

 He was recently nominated for an award for ‘Outstanding Community Leaders of Mangalore’ which he was to receive sometime this year. At the time of his death, Fr Prabhu was the public relations officer for all the dioceses in Karnataka.

  Fr. Ronnie was diagnosed with terminal cancer at his abdomen at the beginning of this year. He bravely faced death with a smile.

Fr. Ronnie was born in Mangalore. Recently he celebrated his Diamond birthday in April this year.   

The Bishop ,Priests, religious and entire Diocese condole the sudden demise of Fr. Ronnie Prabhu. His death is a real loss for  Karnataka and particularly the Jesuits

May the Lord reward him with beatific vision and his soul finds in the company of angels and saints.

+ Bishop Henry D’Souza

Bishop of Bellary


Foundation Stone Laid for Home For The Aged

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altBALLARI, AUG 06: The Foundation stone was blessed and laid by Bishop for St. Joseph Old Age Home at Cantonment, Bellary on August 6.

When completed, it will be the first of its kind in the Diocese of Ballari. 

The Home would initially accommodate about 70 elderly from economically poor background from the backward region of Hyderabad Karnataka.

The Home will have chapel, shared living rooms, dining hall and kitchen among other necessary facilities. St. Mary’s Hospital and the VIMS Medical College Hospital are nearby to the proposed Home for the Aged.

Bishop Henry D'Souza requested individuals, institutions and people of good will to pray for the success of the project and donate their mite.


Navodhaya Catholic Center Inaugurated and Blessed

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altBALLARI, AUG 6: A two storey Catholic Community Center named Navodaya, was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop on 6th August, 2015.

Bishop lauded the hard work put in by the Diocesan Estate Committee under the leadership of Fr. Fr. Yagappa in erecting the elegant structure. Former DFO FR. Anthony Raj, present DFO Fr. Sam Nalan, DEM Fr. Yagappa, architect Mr. Balaswamy, contractor Mr. Arogyasamy, Mr. Balraju and Mr. Guru Mathe were honoured on the occasion for making the project happen for the diocese.


Bishop stated: “We dedicate Navodaya for the welfare of the people and for the support of the diocese” and wished success to all entrepreneurs.

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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