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¬†Manvi, Raichur Aug.09.:Fr. Jnanaprakash (Montfort Priest) (34),Asst. Parish Priest¬† of St. Peter’s Church, Jagir Pannur,Manvi, Raichur here succumbed to injuries ¬†sustained in an accident that occurred around 2-2.30p.m on Sunday ,the 9th August,2015.

The tragedy took place near IB Cross ,Manvi where Fr. Prakash was riding his motorcycle while a cyclist came on his way. Simultaneously a speeding truck on the way hit Fr. Prakash as well as the Cyclist. ¬†The accident resulted in the bleeding in Fr. Prakash’s internal organs while cyclist escaped with minor injuries.

Fr.Prakash was immediately rushed to the Government hospital, Manvi, thereafter proceeded to Raichur Basava Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Br Jeevan's (regent), right hand, the pillion rider in Fr. Prakash motor cycle was badly damaged.


The Jesuit community at Manvi had organized a farewell meal for him on Sunday at 1 pm. The Tarbes Sisters of St. Joseph, Pannur  and Fr Paul Moras, Parish priest, Manvi were also invited. All  were waiting for his arrival. Suddenly they heard the news of the accident and rushed to the Govt. hospital,Manvi.

A native of Naganahalli, Mysore diocese, Fr Prakash came to serve  Pannur- Manvi Mission in 2013. Church sources said that preparations were on at Pannur to bid Farewell to Fr. Prakash on the very same day, as he had a new assignment. 

Thousands bid tearful farewell both at Jagir Pannur, Manvi and Naganahalli.

Besides the pastoral care in Pannur, Hulugunchi and Yaddaladoddi, he was in charge of the boarding in Pannur where 70 children are there at present. They miss him a lot.

He also involved himself in social ministry going to villages, starting self help groups and other conscientizing works among the most backward and neglected communities of this Hydrabad -Karnataka  area.

His last project was to lay a cement concrete road from the gate to the school entrance of Loyola Kapepaladi school and also a concrete road in the village The beautiful cement concrete road is a parting gift of Fr Prakash to the people of Pannur.

He enthused the members of self help groups in Pannur and organized around 50 women from three groups to offer two days of shramadaan and completed the work just a week ago.

Fr. Prakash’s mortal remains were taken to Pannur where on the same day funeral Mass was celebrated. It was a moving scene ,the people of Pannur waiting for hours without food to have the glimpse of the mortal remains of Fr. Prakash.

Thereafter the body was taken to Guru Mandir, the candidate house of Montfortians in Mysore. Holy Mass  was celebrated at 10am (11th Aug) presided over by Bishop Thomas Vazhapazhi , Bishop of Mysore. Immediately the body was taken to Naganahalli, the home parish of Fr Prakash. At 3.30 pm , funeral Mass was held in Naganahalli presided over by Bishop Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga. His mortal remains were interred in the Parish cemetery at Naganahalli.

Frs. Paulraj( VG), Jeyaraj( Dean, Raichur), Paul Mark Moras, Anand Kumar, Anand Prasad,Sunderraj, Paul. A and others represented the Diocese of Bellary and participated in the funeral services to express their deep grief and pray for the repose of¬† Fr. Prakash’s soul.

The Bishop ,Priests, religious and entire Diocese condole the sudden demise of Fr. Prakash. His death is a real loss for Montforterians and particularly the Pannur Mission.

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 alt



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 BDDS Extension Center, Lingsugur, Raichur AUG 3 .(Fr.Chowrappa)

Over 40 Panchayat leaders from Lingsugur & Yelburga Taluk, Raichur participated in a Symposium at BDDS Extension Center, Lingsugur on Aug 3rd which aimed at Effective leadership and a vibrant Society.


The Symposium was organized by Karnataka Regional Organisation for Social Service(KROSS),Bangalore and Bellary Diocesan Development Society (BDDS),Bellary.


The Theme of the¬† Symposium “ Effective Leadership and Vibrant Society” .It was inaugurated by Rev.Fr. Paulraj, VG & President of BDDS. In his inaugural address

Said “the trust people placed in you as a leader, binds you for commitment for the upbringing of a vibrant society”.


The animation sessions were conducted by Sri Vargheese & Sri. M D Arulappa of KROSS, Bangalore.


Fr. Chowrappa, Director, BDDS ¬†appealed to the participants to feel the peoples’ need in order to address various issues relating this very backward Hydrabad- Karnataka Region.


Fr.John Peter, Mr. John ,BDDS and Mr.Pakeerappa, Mr.Anand BDDS  were organizers  at the occasion. & Mrs Ambamma thanked all those present.



Two-Days Seminar On ‚ÄúLiturgy and Life‚ÄĚ Held; Urged To Celebrate Properly, Effectively and Gracefully

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altBELLARY, 30 JULY 2015 (Sagaya):¬† Bishop along with the diocesan priests and superiors of religious houses in the diocese participated enthusiastically in the two-day seminar on “Liturgy and Life” held on July. 29-30, at Dheeksha Bhavan Minor Seminary.

Fr. Dr. Joseph Lionel, professor and scholar in Liturgy, of the clergy of the Diocese of Thanjavur animated the sessions.

Bishop Henry D’Souza in his welcome address urged to “celebrate in a proper, effective and relevant manner”.

“In order to promote a full, conscious and active participation in the liturgical celebration, all ministers and faithful are invited to celebrate the liturgy, with due sense of the sacred and of beauty and with joyfulness, leading to a personal and communitarian encounter with God and transformation of life”, stated Bishop.

Care should be taken to observe the prescribed norms in order to maintain the dignity and decorum of the celebrations. The holiness of the priest is the leaven of the liturgical celebration” reminded Bishop D’Souza.

He urged all priests and religious to impart “extensive and regular liturgical catechesis to help the faithful to participate actively in the liturgy and allow the transforming power of the liturgy to flow into their lives”.

The two-day seminar was aimed at learning the deeper meaning of the liturgy we celebrate, ways of catechizing people about God experience in liturgy and learning the arscelebrandi.

Fr Lionel, in the light of Holy Father Pope Francis encyclical “EvangeliI Gaudium”, deliberated on many pastoral issues pertaining Liturgy and Sacraments.

Fr. Lionel also dealt with the list of Grave Abuses and Reprobated Practices identified by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

The participants celebrated meaningfully vespers and Holy Eucharist on both the days.

At the conclusion Fr. Gnanapragasam T, the Chancellor and Rector of the Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine thanked all those present. Vicar General Fr. Paul Raj facilitated. 


Thousands Of School Children Join Pope’s Green Crusade; Leaders Urge United Action

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altBALLARI, JULY 25 (Sagaya):  

Over 6,000 school children and political and religious leaders, govt. officers and teachers converged from all over Bellary city to participate in Clean – Green Ballari campaign at St. Philomena’s PU College grounds, July 25.

The campaign was jointly organized by all the Catholic schools of Ballari in collaboration with the district administration, Forest Department and Education Department.

The mega campaign was inspired by Pope Francis’ call to make “World Our Common Home and the India’s campaign for Swachcha Bharat (Clean India).

The programme was inaugurated by Karnataka Government’s Minister for Forests and Environment Sri B. Ramanath Rai.

In his message Minister Rai emphasized on the need of promoting social amity and environmental protection. He lauded the Ballari initiative to encourage thousands of school children to join the campaign – to "reduce, reuse, recycle". “The campaign should not be restricted to Ballari only. It should the entire Karnataka state and the country”.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary in his welcome drew the attention of the large audience to the call given by the Pope to protect our common home and to promote clean-green environment. He lauded the effort made by the schools and students by enthusiastically participating in the poster making, slogan writing, quizzing, and planting of over 2,000 saplings. Bishop urged all religious leaders and officials to rise to the challenge of “bequeathing a cleaner, greener and healthier world to the next generation”.


The Diocese of Bellary is one among many in the country to the initiative in the background the papal document “Laudato Si” to address the environmental challenges.


The pope also states that environmental protection is a moral value. If we don’t protect and care for our environment it is a “sin”. As humans we are stewards of God's earth and share a responsibility to help each other.

Swami Sri Jaya Basava and Sri Khazi Ghouse Siddiqi appreciated the initiative and assured whole hearted cooperation in spreading the movement to all sections of the society.

Vinay Luthra, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr. Ravi Ralf, ifs, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life), Sameer Shukla, ias, Ballari Deputy Commissioner, Thakhat Singh Ranavath, ifs, Deputy Conservator of Forests, DDPI and many church leaders, heads of institutions and political leaders attended the programmme.

Bellary Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla led the pledge in which all those participated resolved and committed to:

  v To replace misuse with moderation ,greed with generosity ,wastefulness with sharing;

  v  To reduce, reuse, recycle with minimum garbage, no litter;

  v To conserve water by plugging leaks and stopping wastage;

  v To save electricity by turning off lights and gadgets while not in use;

  v To stop food wastage  and minimize junk food;

  v To celebrate festivals  with no air and sound pollution;

  v To use notebooks fully and both sides of paper;

  v To save lakes and ponds; respecting parks and forests as green lungs;

  v To plant saplings every year and protect them;

  v To give life, save life and donate organs to needy;

  v To keep our Ballari clean and green!

There Catholic schools which participated in the event are: St. John’s Group of Institutions, St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, St. Joseph’s Girls School, St. Joseph’s Co-Ed School, St. Mary’s School, St. Philomena’s School and Vianney Vidyalaya. ¬†¬†

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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