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Cardinal Ivan Dias Goes To His Eternal Home

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ROME, JUNE19: Cardinal Ivan Dias passed away in Rome on June 19, 2017.  He was 81.

His  mortal  remains  were  laid  to  rest  on  June  22,  at  Verona Cemetery, Rome.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, 21 June. It was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of College of Cardinals, joined by several Cardinals, including the CBCI President, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo and others. The final prayers of the funeral Rites were offered by Pope Francis.

Cardinal Ivan Dias entered into diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1964. He was ordained Bishop in 1982. He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See as Nuncio in Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Korea and Albania.

He was appointed Archbishop of Bombay in 1996 and was raised to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Prefect of the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples on 20th May, 2006, the post he held with distinction till he retired from active service in 2011.

Cardinal Ivan Dias was an illustrious son of India, who served the Universal Church as a prelate and shepherd.

After his retirement, he continued to live in Rome till his death. May his soul rest in peace!


Renovated 200-Year Church Rededicated In Bellary

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BELLARY, JUNE 18 (Sagaya): Large number of priests, religious, lay faithful and well-wishers joyfully witnessed the bicentenary celebrations and blessing of the renovated Christ the King Parish Church in Bellary on June 18.

Two hundred years of Christian worship rooted in deep faith in God was celebrated meaningfully while praising God.

Built and blessed as an Anglican church in 1816 at a cost of Rs. 4,000 and handed over to Bishop J.F. Hogan, the first Bishop of Bellary, the beautifully renovated church was blessed by Bishop. The historic event was attended by Sri N.Y. Gopalkrishna, Bellary Rural MLA, Shri. J. R. Lobo, MLA & Chairman, BCM Commission, Sri Venkatramana, Mayor, Smt. Deena Manjunath, Chairperson, Zilla Panchayat, Smt. Matilda D’Souza, Minority Commission and many other dignitaries.  Bishop particularly thanked Sri JR Lobo and the Govt. of Karnataka for the much needed grant. He also lauded the services of Fr. Y.S. Peter, Parish Priest Dean for his leadership in the renovation work, ably assisted by the Parish Pastoral Council and parishioners.

When the British made Bellary a Military Station with a Cantonment in 1801, Christ Church (Christ the King Church) was constructed for worship purpose for the army personnel, their families and auxiliary workers.

Christ the King Church is just across Cantonment Railway station beside VIMS Medical college, Bellary and old Garrison buildings.

Christ Church was under the control of Anglican   Church till 1939. It was transferred to Bellary Roman Catholic Mission in 1939.

It is to be noted that the consecration of Bishop Ambrose Yeddanappalli ofm, the second Bishop of Bellary took place in this historical church.

The magnificent church Alter was used during the consecration of Bishop Henry D’Souza, fourth Bishop of Bellary.

A grand felicitation program followed the Eucharistic celebration.

Guests Shri N.Y. Gopala Krishna, MLA Bellary Rural, Shri. J.R. Lobo,MLA Mangalore, Shri Venketaramana, City Major, Smt. Deena Manjunath, Chairman Bellary Zilla Panchayat, Christian Development Council committee members represented by Smt. Matilda D’Souza, Shri. Wiljit Singh, Shri. Mahendra Jain, Rev. Fr. Paulraj, Vicar General, Shri. T.H.M. Basavaraj, Member, State History Academy and Fr. Sam Nalan, Diocesan Finance Officer, Fr. Devanesan, Diocesan Estate Manager and large numbers of priests and people were present at the occasion.

Bishop Henry D’Souza lauded the services of Shri J.R. Lobo in facilitating to get funds from Govt. of Karnataka.

Bishop appreciated and thanked the efforts of Fr. Y. S. Peter, Parish Priest, Parish Council members and all those assisted him to renovate the church. He also gratefully recalled the pastoral works done by formers priests, who served this parish since its inception.

At that occasion the Bishop appealed to everyone particularly parents to build solid families nurtured in faith and word of God.   He also said that parents and elders are duty bound to live in harmony, respect with the people of other faith and to teach their children to live accordingly.

While addressing Shri J.R. Lobo said, every worship place is sacred and must be honored  with due respect and particularly  each Christian must reflect Christ in our daily live. The society and the people whom we live with must recognize Christ in us.

Golden Couples and Sr. Patricia, Miss Sugantha, Mr. Xavier, Mrs. Fatima of the Parish were honored for their extraordinary services to society were  honoured.

There are number of Religious & Diocesan Charitable, Social and Educational institutions are in this parish.

Saint Mother Teresa visited this place/parish thrice and founded a home for the destitute in 1967.

The Parish Youth and children presented a meaningful cultural program. Fr. Gnanapragasam T. and Miss Evelyn anchored the program.

Fr. Peter, Parish Priest of Cantonment Parish thanked one and all.

Festive dinner was served  for everybody at the conclusion of the program.


Fr. Mark Gonsalves – Great Friend Of The Poor And Able Administrator Passes Away

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BELLARY, MAR. 19: Fr. Mark Gonsalves, former Vicar General, Chancellor and Diocesan Finance Officer of Bellary passed away at 4.15 pm on March 19, in Udupi. He was 63.

He was at his Sister’s place at the time of death. He collapsed all of a sudden while having tea.

Diocese of Bellary is grateful to Fr. Mark Gonsalves for his dedicated pastoral ministry over the last 36 years.

He was the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese in the year 2005-09 and Financial Administrator for over 20 years and member of College of Consulters for 5 terms.

Fr. Mark was a good writer and an excellent orator. During his tenure as the Procurator of the Diocese he started the Diocesan Magazine “Bala Spoorty”.

As a priest filled with compassion, he promoted the Prison Ministry in the Diocese.

He also initiated the “Inter-religious Dialogue, Ecumenical Forum through which the diocese was able to address different issues.

His other pastoral assignments were at Cathedral (1981), Fort (1982-83), CCFT Center Jawalgera (1983-86), Sirwar (1986-89), Asst. Finance Officer (1989-90), Diocesan Finance Officer (1990-2009), Sindhanur (2009- 12) and finally Kurugodu (2012-15).

He had served the Lord like the wise steward of the Gospel whole heartedly and worked hard despite many difficulties and challenges.

He retired from active pastoral ministry in April, 2015 due to ill health. Thereafter he took residence in the Senior Priests’ Home, Bellary.

He had been suffering from acute diabetic for many years. And he had kidney transplantation in June, 2016 at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore.

However, his health condition did not improve. He was hospitalized for many months.

Fr. Mark Gonslaves was born on 21st June 1953 on the feast day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga and died on 19th March of the feast day of St. Joseph, the patron of happy death.

He was born at Barkur, Udupi District to Ignatius Gonsalves and Mary Gonsalves.

He had his primary education at Maryknoll Primary School and Secondary School in National High School, Barkur. He graduated from St. Philomena’s College, Mysore.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Bellary on 04 February 1981. His other priest companions are Frs. Gnanapragasam T, Antonyraj P., and Lourdu Marianna.

He was a great lover and protector of the poor and needy. He went out to meet the poor, needy and the sick and was generous in helping them.  He knew the “smell of his sheep”.

May his soul rest in peace!


Gentle Fr. Inniah Kondavity Dies After Prolonged Illness

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BELLARY, MAR.14. 2017: Fr. Inniah Kondavity passed away at 2.15 pm, March 14 in St. Mary’s Hospital at Bellary. He was 71.

His funeral will be held at 10 am tomorrow with a funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Cathedral followed by burial in Cowl Bazaar cemetery.

Fr. Inniah was ordained for the in the diocese of Bellary 21 December 1971. He served the diocese of Bellary for 46 long years. His first appointment was Assistant priest at St. Antony’s Cathedral.

Fr Inniah was born in Kilacheery, Chengalpet District Tamil Nadu to late Joseph and Clara Kondavity. He was the eldest of the two children. He is survived by his sister Mrs. Fatima Kondavity.

He was the pioneer in establishing Siruguppa Mission. The church and presbytery work was initiated by Fr. Inniah in 1977.

He was entrusted with the work of vocation promotion by late Bishop Ambrose P. Yeddanapalli. He was instrumental in bringing some of the candidates to priesthood from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Fr. Inniah while he was parish priest of Jawalgera in 1978, took care of the Christian flock in Burma rehabilitation Camp near Sindhanur which later became a parish.  He was instrumental in building the drinking water tank for the people of Jawalgera.

Fr. Inniah served as a chaplin, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore for five years (1986-91).

He was also the Diocesan Director of Pontifical Mission Societies and Secretary, Karnataka Regional Commission for Family and Laity.

Later, he took up pastoral responsibility in Sacred Heart Church, Brockton, Massachusetts, Boston Archdiocese, USA (1991-96).

He returned to the diocese 1997 and was appointed Parish Priest of Shaktinagar, and Manager of Blessed Alphonsa School.

He served as the Director, St. Martin’s Home, Manager of St. Joseph’s Boys’ School (1998- 2002) and Parish Priest of St. Antony’s Cathedral (2002-2008).

He retired from active pastoral ministry in September 2008 due to his ill health.

He was suffering with acute diabetic mellitus and cardiovascular diseases for many years.

Fr. Inniah was very ill on 09.03.2017, immediately was admitted to the local St. Mary’s Hospital in Bellary and was administered the last sacraments. His condition remained very critical for the last 5 days. He breathed his last peacefully today, surrounded by his sister, friends and priests.

His mortal remains are kept at the senior priests’ home – Bethany for people to pay their last respects.

Fr. Inniah loved the diocese. May his soul rest in peace!

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Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine

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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.


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