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Ujjeevana – Rural Empowerment Program Launched At Lingsugur

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LINGSUGUR, RAICHUR DISTRICT, MAY 8: Rural empowerment programme called ‘UJJEEVANA’ was launched May at at Lingsugu, Raichur Ditrict, Karnataka.

The inauguration was done by lighting the traditional lamp by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Ballari along with dignitaries such as Fr. John Moonjely of Caritas India, BDDS Director Fr. Chourappa and many others.

In his presidential address Bishop Henry D’Souza stressed on the need of making all social development programmes successful through commitment, transparency and proper project audit. “Rural farmers should have a dream for their own progress and achieve it through cooperation with each other making best use of the facilities provided”, stated Bishop.

In his introductory message, Fr. Paul Moonjely, Asst Executive Director, Caritas India, New Delhi, stated Ujjeevana – a new project initiated by Caritas India with the support of MISEREOR. It is aimed at promoting responsive civil society through animation and empowerment of 55 villages of 12 panchayats of 4 districts in Karnataka. 3364 families would be befitting from the programme.

The project intends to facilitate the livelihood improvement of the marginalized households through sustainable agriculture and other livelihood options.

He stressed on the need of motivating farmers to be eco-friendly, environment-friendly, through sustainable and organic farming.

Fr. Chourappa, Director of BDDS welcomed the dignitaries. Fr.  Santhosh Bapu, Director of Sevasangam, Kalaburgi shared the motto of the ‘Ujjeevana’ project.

BDDS staffs sang a awareness song ‘Enu madi enu banthanna’, powerfully expressing the difficulties faced by farmers.

‘Hakku-Dikku’ a Kannada resource book of various Acts/Laws was released by Sri. H.B. Murari, Member of Zilla panchayath, Maski constituency.

Mallesh Gouda, a well known farmer, stated that agriculture is the backbone of the country. He urged all land holders to cultivate their lands and produce food scientifically.

Srimathi Saila Hiremath, a woman farmer from Dharwad district shared on the benefits she availed with the help of Ujjeevana and how this project is helping the people to achieve integrated development of marginalized families.

Sri Shivakumar Gudihal, a local farmer also shared his experiences and explained how he was able to make agriculture profitable.

Then, Srimathi Saraswathi, Deputy Director, Agriculture Dept, Lingsugur Division shared information on various schemes and facilities available with Agriculture department.

Sri. S. N. Upperi, Head of Krishi Vijnana Extension centre, Lingasugur urged farmers to adopt organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices such as use of vermin compost.

Bishop Henry D’Souza lauded the joint initiative of Caritas India, KROSS, BDDS Ballari, BDSSS Belagavi, SMSSS Shivamogga and Seva Sangama Kalburgi.

The programme ended with a meal for all those who attended the function. 


Community Celebration of Weddings Held At Jawelgera, Raichur

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altJAWALGERA, MAY 10: 9 young couples from Jawalgera parish made vows at community celebration of weddings organized at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Jawelgera, Raichur.

Bishop Henry D’Souza along with 8 priests of the diocese blessed the couples. 

Bishop in his homily focused on the God given responsibility of building strong families founded on mutual love, dignity and respect, fidelity and divine presence. He urged the new couples to shed all prejudices based on caste discrimination and usher in a new culture of lobe, respect and cooperation”.

“Marriage should be founded on divine calling given at very creation to live in dignity and love – solidly supported by divine grace and help dear and near ones”, Bishop added.

Bishop lauded the initiative taken by by Paul and Fr. Job, local pastors to organize such a huge programme.

The newlywed couples were presented by tali’s and bridal dresses.

The large gathering was treated with a sumptuous meal. 


A Priest And Two Deacons Ordained In Ballari

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BALLARI, MAY 05: Deacon Anselm Sunil Dandavati from Sacred Heart Parish, Mudgal, Raichur was ordained priest on 5th May at St. Anthony’s Cathedral, Ballari by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Ballari.

Also, Brother Balaraju B, Asumption Church, Dasapura, Hassan, and Brother Rayappa Kadanlli, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Hire Naganoor, Raichur were ordained deacons.

In his homily Bishop reminded priests of the power given by Jesus to “bind and to lose” all sinful inclinations and to “open the treasures of grace” to all through their ministry of preaching, sanctification and pastoral governance.

“Vocation to priesthood is a calling to bear abundant fruit by effectively preaching the good news and ministering through servant leadership” stated Bishop.

“Through spiritual well-being, priests have a duty to stay attuned to their own spiritual health. They must maintain and nurture an ongoing prayer life and address their own spiritual needs in order to remain focused in faith-life”, Bishop insisted.

“Through pastoral well-being, priests are responsible for providing for and nurturing the life of the faith community. They should know and respect the people whom they serve. As appropriate to their office, they should celebrate the sacraments with decorum”, Bishop added.

“The servant leadership of the priest should lead, lives to mercy, forgiveness, solidarity and humility which in turn awakens the hearts of people to God”, said Henry Bishop D’Souza.

Bishop appealed to lay faithful particularly young men and women to commit themselves for the service of the church and the society.

Bishop Henry D’Souza thanked God for the new priest and deacons and urged the lay faithful to love, respect and cooperate with their pastors to build a vibrant Church.

The solemn celebration was attended by large number of priests, religious and lay faithful of the diocese. 


Ms Sugantha, Director Dhama Awarded In Ballari

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altBALLARI, MAY 1 (Lourthu Sagaya): Miss Sugantha Sathiyaraj, Director of Mathe Maria Mahila Pragathi Dhama, Ballari was felicitated by Senior Principal Civil Judge of Ballari Shrimathi  MH Shantha at the legal awareness program organized by Human Rights Activists Organization at Joladarashi Doddanagouda Ranga Mandir on May 1.

The award was presented for her exemplary services to the rural and under privileged women of the area.

The MMMP Dhama has helped hundreds of women to realize their dream through education. It was started in 1991 for the school dropouts. 

Miss Sugantha Sathiyaraj has been the driving force behind the journey of success of this diocesan center.

During the felicitation programme, Human Rights Activists Organization’s Women Cell President Smt. Kavitha Iswar Singh   lauded the services Miss Sugnatha for being exemplary modal for women to uplift other downtrodden women.

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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