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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.

 

Foundation stone laid for Fr. Joachim school at Jawelegera, Sindhanur Taluk, Raichur District.

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 Jawelegera, 16 August15: Large number of Parishners, School children, Priests and Religious joined   Bishop Henry D’Souza to lay and bless the foundation stone for Fr. Joachim school building in Jawelegera on August 16th.

 

Fr. Joachim Tinnaney, ofm  an exemplary Franciscan Missionary from Great Britain, Served the Diocese of Bellary for 53 years with much dedication. With his death on 22nd November2009, marks an end of a mission started by the Franciscans of English Province in 1925.

 

 

 

Bishop John Hogan ofm the first Bishop of Bellary Diocese in 1949 was also

of Franciscan English Province.

During his 53 years of Missionary service Fr. Joachim went to England only twice  for a brief period of holidays.

It is a fitting tribute to Fr. Joachim and all the Franciscan Missionaries of Franciscan English Province, Forest Gate, England to have the school at Jawelegera in his memory, the place he served for more than 30 years

 

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Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary at the occasion said “the Diocese of Bellary is committed to the upliftment of the disadvantaged and  marginalized sections of the society, more so the Dalit Community.

 

 

 

At the completion of the building the school may serve a larger community of Jawelegera and the surrounding villages. Medium of instruction will be in English as more people want to educate their children in the global language also more opportunity for the higher education. 

 
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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

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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.

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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