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Blood Donation in Like Life Donation: Bishop

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BELLARY, AUG. 30: “Blood donation is almost like life donation. And those who donate life contribute to fostering a culture of life around”, declared Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary.


Bishop D’Souza was inaugurating a blood donation camp held by the Past Students’ Association of St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, Bellary on Aug. 12.


“Life can be like a stagnant pond which only collects; or it can be like a canal which receives and gives. Human beings who have received life from God the source of all life, need to be grateful for the gift of life and share it with others through blood donation for the sick and needy,” urged Bishop.


51 youth, teachers and others who included Fr. O. Vincent and Fr. Ivan Pinto donated blood to the Vivekananda Blood Bank for Poor.

Mr. Basavaraj, Mayor of Bellary City Corporation was the Chief Guest at the inaugural function. He lauded the humanitarian work of the church institutions.


Mr. Madhusudhan, President of the Past Students’ Association of St. Joseph’s Boys’ School led the blood donation camp. He also announced that the newly launched association is planning to take up many programmes for the benefit of the 103-year old school and the public.


Bellary Women’s SHGs to Re-invent Themselves for Development of Women

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Bellary Women’s SHGs to Re-invent Themselves for Development of Women


BELLARY, Aug. 29: The Women’s Self Help Groups of Bellary have decided to re-invent themselves be more active and more organized in order to be more effective” under the leadership of BDDS, the diocesan development society.


The leaders and animators of the Women’s Self Help Groups of Bellary and T.B. Dam met at the BDDS Centre for social development to assess their work and to evolve better strategies in making women stake holders in their own development.


About 50 women from the parishes in Bellary town and T.B. Dam, during a two day workshop deliberated and prepared new ways to enlist more women from the poorer sections in their social development work.


BDDS Director Fr. Paulraj animated the deliberations.


Bishop Henry D’Souza, during the concluding Eucharist urged the women leaders to “bring dignity to women and to bring the fruits of development to the least and the last in the society” through their work.


Skills Training Centre for Rural Youth Launched

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Skills Training Centre for Rural Youth Launched

Skills training for self employment for rural unemployed youth was launched at  Jawalgera, Raichur district in Karnataka here on Monday, Aug. 24.
Bishop Henry D’Souza inaugurated the three-month long training for school dropouts and unemployed youth from the economically backward Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts of Karnataka.
Launching the programme, Bishop Henry D’Souza declared, “Farming is the backbone of India. It’s only the farmers who provide food for the hungry world. Therefore, empowering the rural youth with productive farming skills is the need of the hour, to ensure food security for India.”
“Bring dignity to millions of Indian farmers and make their labour remunerative in order to make them live with dignity in their own villages”, urged Bishop D’Souza.
Bishop D’Souza insisted on the need of imparting self employment skills to the unemployed youth in rural and backward areas, in order to arrest migration and to “harness youthful energies gainfully for nation building”.
Bishop D’Souza also emphasized on the need for providing skills for hygiene, sanitation, water management and protection of environment.
Local member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Venkatrao Nadagowda and Director of the local Central Seed Farm, Dr. Dube were chief guests at the function, who lauded church’s efforts to empower rural youth.
“Masonry, tiles and stone laying, plumbing, basic electrician and motor winding, repairs and maintenance of agricultural machines and tools, and training in tailoring and designing will be the skills imparted to the trainees” said Director of the diocesan development society, Fr. Paulraj.
40 young boys and girls are participating in the 90 day training programme which will conclude on Nov. 25.
“The trainees will be equipped to upgrade their own small farms in dry/wet land cultivation during the farming season and to supplement their income, they would be able to start their own small scale business”, added Fr. Paulraj.
As the trainees have come from the rural and agricultural background, all of them will be given agricultural skills in wet land and dry land cultivation - seed selection, soil quality, land preparation, pests & diseases, fertilizers, harvesting, post harvest technology and marketing.


CRI Bellary Elects A New Team Of Officers

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BELLARY, JUL, 19: The Conference of Religious of India Bellary chapter has elected a new team of officers.At a general body meeting held  at the Bellary Mathe Shrine, on July 19, Sr. Shantha of Sisters of Good Shepherd was elected president of CRI Bellary.

Fatima Sister Elizabeth Rani has been elected Vice president of the association.

Franciscan priest, Fr. Bobby has been re-elected as secretary of the association.

Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza addressed the gathering urging the Religious to get back to their core values and Core vision envisaged by their respective religious founders.

He also urged the religious not to neglect the poor and the socially marginalized in the society.

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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