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Foundation stone laid for Fr. Joachim school at Jawelegera, Sindhanur Taluk, Raichur District.

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¬†Jawelegera, 16 August15: Large number of Parishners, School children, Priests and Religious joined ¬†¬†Bishop Henry D’Souza to lay and bless the foundation stone for Fr. Joachim school building in Jawelegera on August 16th.


Fr. Joachim Tinnaney, ofm  an exemplary Franciscan Missionary from Great Britain, Served the Diocese of Bellary for 53 years with much dedication. With his death on 22nd November2009, marks an end of a mission started by the Franciscans of English Province in 1925.




Bishop John Hogan ofm the first Bishop of Bellary Diocese in 1949 was also

of Franciscan English Province.

During his 53 years of Missionary service Fr. Joachim went to England only twice  for a brief period of holidays.

It is a fitting tribute to Fr. Joachim and all the Franciscan Missionaries of Franciscan English Province, Forest Gate, England to have the school at Jawelegera in his memory, the place he served for more than 30 years




Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary at the occasion said “the Diocese of Bellary is committed to the upliftment of the disadvantaged and¬† marginalized sections of the society, more so the Dalit Community.




At the completion of the building the school may serve a larger community of Jawelegera and the surrounding villages. Medium of instruction will be in English as more people want to educate their children in the global language also more opportunity for the higher education. 

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