Renovated 200 Year Cemetery Chapel Blessed
BELLARY, 2 NOV 2023:

The renovated chapel of the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Cowl Bazaar, Bellary was blessed and rededicated on November 2, 2023, by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.

There was an old cemetery chapel of the British era that existed as early as the 19 th century. Bishop Ambrose P. Yeddanapalli, OFM, the second Bishop of Bellary constructed the present cemetery chapel in 1987. Due to the weather conditions, it necessitated to renovate the chapel.

The Roman Catholic Cemetery of Bellary has a new look now, thanks to the efforts of the Cemetery Development Committee, particularly headed by the convener Fr. Ivan Pinto, core committee members Mr. Suby Mathew, Mr. Deepak Bille, Mr. Felix Braganza, Mrs. Helen Mathew, Fr. Alphonse George, Fr. PV Antony and all the parish priests, PPC Vice Presidents, Secretaries, Youth associations, CRI members of Bellary deanery.

The faithful, the diocesan clergy, and the religious brothers and sisters from various institutions and congregations from various parishes of the diocese contributed towards the renovation. Major share towards the chapel renovation was done by 12 families as they are identified as LIFE (Live In Faith Every Day). Mr. Anil Christopher of Ballari contributed to the flooring of the chapel in memory of his parents. There are many other generous donors.

The cemetery has over 200 years of historical tombs since the British times. Around 60 dilapidated tombs were repaired mount tombs. The pathway has been marked laid with interlocks. Better lighting facilities have been provided.

Members of the Catholic Association Ballari (CAB) provided permanent seating arrangements for those who visit the tombs of their beloveds.

Renovation work is still in progress. Works like erecting an arch cum proper gate at the entrance, marking the tombs, vaults, and coffin carrier cart, casket lowering device, watchman quarters, restrooms, and drinking water facility are yet to be done.

Bishop thanked the donors and the committee members for their dedicated work.

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