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New Presbytery Blessed At Chikkahesarur

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BALLARI, DEC. 6: ¬†Newly built presbytery was blessed and inaugurated¬† in presence of a large gathering of Priests, Religious, People and children by Bishop Henry D’Souza at Chikkahesaru, in Raichur district on Dec. 6.

While appreciating the hard work put into by local parish priest Fr. Antony Fernandes, the Bishop thanked him for his contribution to establishing Chikkahesaruru   mission and building up the community.

It was also the first annual day for the newly started St. Antony School, Chikkahesarur.

According to 2011 censes Chikkahesarur has only 37.11% literacy level against 75.36% in the Karnataka State.

The new school is expected to boost the literacy level at Chikkahesarur and neighboring villages.

Christians have been residing in Hesarur as early as 1928.

The new presbytery has been constructed with the support of Propaganda Fide and other donors.  



School Girls March For Elimination Of Violence Against Women

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altBALLARI, DEC 1: St. Philomena’s Pre-University College students observed International Day for the elimination of violence against women on 26 November at Ballari.

Over 1300 school girls along with their teachers and managers marched to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum.

It was organized to show their solidarity with 30 million girls and women who are illicitly trafficked.

The event began with prayer service at the college premises followed by silent protest rally carrying placards with strong messages in the main streets of Ballari city.

The rally proceeded from Infantry road, where St. Philomena’s College¬† is situated, going through Vidya Nagar, Cantonment, Kumara Swamy Temple, SP Circle, Basavana Kunte, ¬†Over Bridge, Moti Circle, Station Road and ended at the¬† District Commissioner’s¬† Office.

altThey submitted a memorandum with a set of recommendations on issues relating to safety of women in private and public places. 

It helped in sensitizing the school children and the public, giving them gave a strong message on the need of ending violence against women.

“It also reaffirmed the belief that gender – based violence is never acceptable. Women and girls have the right to live free from violence and our country will be stronger when community is safe”, said the college principal Sister Shantha, rgs.¬†


Jubilee Year of Mercy Concluded In Bellary

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altBELLARY, NOV.13:¬† Amidst a large gathering of the faithful, Bishop Henry D’Souza concluded the Extraordinary Year of Mercy on 13th November at St. Antony’s Cathedral, Cowl Bazaar, Bellary.

The ceremony solemnly concluded with a two days renewal retreat at the Dharmodhya  Ashram and a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration.

Later in the evening, to mark the event, Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine was declared as the Diocesan Shrine.

The Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine was dedicated on the occasion of the great Jubilee of Redemption in 2000 under the leadership of then Bishop of the Diocese – Bishop Joseph D’Silva.

Bishop Henry, Bishop of Bellary urged the faithful to experience true moments of encounter of the Mercy of God and share the same in their families and society.

Merciful God forgives and unites us to Him without any limit or condition. The Bishop exhorted the people to appreciate and accept Divine Mercy and extend the same to families and to the larger society, ushering in a new era of kindness and compassion.

The Vicar General Fr. Paulraj facilitated the entire celebrations.

Simultaneously the concluding ceremony took place the various churches in all the deaneries designated by Bishop.

The churches designated were: St. Antony’s Shrine at Bandihatti, St. Francis of Assisi Church at Jawelgera, Sacred Heart Church at Mudgal, St. Francis Xavier Church at Raichur, Infant Jesus Church at Gangavati and Sacred Heart church at Hospet.

Catholics observed the yearlong celebration with spiritual programmes such as 24 hours Eucharistic adoration for world peace, renewal retreats, pilgrimages, community celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, prison ministry and other charity acts.

During the Year of Mercy, the diocesan committee for Prison Ministry regularly visited the Bellary Central Prison on several occasions to interact with the inmates and pray with them.


Ballari Arogya Mathe Shrine Declared Diocesan Shrine

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altBallari, 13 Nov. 2016: Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine (Our Lady of Good Health) was officially declared Diocesan Shrine on Sunday, November 13 by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.¬†

The celebration coincided with the concluding ceremony of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Earlier Bishop D’Souza had promulgated a Decree on the Solemnity of All Saints day, Nov.1, officially announcing the elevation as the diocesan shrine.

Large gathering of faithful from various parts of the city and elsewhere witnessed the occasion.

Fr. Ganapragasam T, rector of the shrine presented the decree and showed it to the people. There was great rejoicing and the pilgrims gathered responded - “Thanks be to God, Praise the Lord!”

Decree was promulgated at the request of the shrine rector and unanimous recommendation from the Council of Priests.

The shrine was dedicated on September 8, 2000 on the occasion of the great Jubilee Year of Redemption and golden jubilee year of the erection of the Diocese.

The much popular shrine was built under the leadership of the then Bishop of Bellary, Most Rev. Joseph D’Silva.

Bishop D’Souza gratefully recalled late Bishop Joseph D’Silva, the founder of the shrine who had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He also thanked the former rectors, namely Frs. Anthonyraj and Chourappa Y. for their dedicated services.

Also, Bishop remembered with gratitude the priests and religious priests and sisters and donors who served at the shrine.

The shrine has become a popular, attracting pilgrims both among Christians and people of other faiths alike from far and wide.

Every year thousands of pilgrims of various religions visit the Shrine and many experience miracles.

It is situated at Cantonment, Bellary, close to VIMS (Vijayanagara Institutute of Medical Sciences).

It can be reached by train and bus. It is about two and a half kilometers away from both the Bellary railway station and bus stand. 

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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