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 Manvi, Raichur Aug.09.:Fr. Jnanaprakash (Montfort Priest) (34),Asst. Parish Priest  of St. Peter’s Church, Jagir Pannur,Manvi, Raichur here succumbed to injuries  sustained in an accident that occurred around 2-2.30p.m on Sunday ,the 9th August,2015.

The tragedy took place near IB Cross ,Manvi where Fr. Prakash was riding his motorcycle while a cyclist came on his way. Simultaneously a speeding truck on the way hit Fr. Prakash as well as the Cyclist.  The accident resulted in the bleeding in Fr. Prakash’s internal organs while cyclist escaped with minor injuries.

Fr.Prakash was immediately rushed to the Government hospital, Manvi, thereafter proceeded to Raichur Basava Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Br Jeevan's (regent), right hand, the pillion rider in Fr. Prakash motor cycle was badly damaged.


The Jesuit community at Manvi had organized a farewell meal for him on Sunday at 1 pm. The Tarbes Sisters of St. Joseph, Pannur  and Fr Paul Moras, Parish priest, Manvi were also invited. All  were waiting for his arrival. Suddenly they heard the news of the accident and rushed to the Govt. hospital,Manvi.

A native of Naganahalli, Mysore diocese, Fr Prakash came to serve  Pannur- Manvi Mission in 2013. Church sources said that preparations were on at Pannur to bid Farewell to Fr. Prakash on the very same day, as he had a new assignment. 

Thousands bid tearful farewell both at Jagir Pannur, Manvi and Naganahalli.

Besides the pastoral care in Pannur, Hulugunchi and Yaddaladoddi, he was in charge of the boarding in Pannur where 70 children are there at present. They miss him a lot.

He also involved himself in social ministry going to villages, starting self help groups and other conscientizing works among the most backward and neglected communities of this Hydrabad -Karnataka  area.

His last project was to lay a cement concrete road from the gate to the school entrance of Loyola Kapepaladi school and also a concrete road in the village The beautiful cement concrete road is a parting gift of Fr Prakash to the people of Pannur.

He enthused the members of self help groups in Pannur and organized around 50 women from three groups to offer two days of shramadaan and completed the work just a week ago.

Fr. Prakash’s mortal remains were taken to Pannur where on the same day funeral Mass was celebrated. It was a moving scene ,the people of Pannur waiting for hours without food to have the glimpse of the mortal remains of Fr. Prakash.

Thereafter the body was taken to Guru Mandir, the candidate house of Montfortians in Mysore. Holy Mass  was celebrated at 10am (11th Aug) presided over by Bishop Thomas Vazhapazhi , Bishop of Mysore. Immediately the body was taken to Naganahalli, the home parish of Fr Prakash. At 3.30 pm , funeral Mass was held in Naganahalli presided over by Bishop Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga. His mortal remains were interred in the Parish cemetery at Naganahalli.

Frs. Paulraj( VG), Jeyaraj( Dean, Raichur), Paul Mark Moras, Anand Kumar, Anand Prasad,Sunderraj, Paul. A and others represented the Diocese of Bellary and participated in the funeral services to express their deep grief and pray for the repose of  Fr. Prakash’s soul.

The Bishop ,Priests, religious and entire Diocese condole the sudden demise of Fr. Prakash. His death is a real loss for Montforterians and particularly the Pannur Mission.

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 alt


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