Bellary Diocese Religious Dedicate to Pastoral Ministry

BELLARY, 24 SEPT, 2017.Head of Institutions and Religious Houses of the Diocese of Bellary gathered for their annual meeting at Bishop's House, Bellary on 24th September 2017 reflected on the integration into the pastoral life of the Diocese.

There were 53 participants from the various Religious houses/ institutions of the diocese.

Bishop Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary presented the highlights and the main thrusts of Pope Francis Pastoral Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia"

He also invited the religious to rededicate themselves to move from Institution maintenance to Pastoral Mission also to rediscover their Founders "charism" in the light of Pope Francis's "Joy of the Gospel"

The Religious leaders present enthusiastically agreed to empower themselves for Pastoral Commitment and the people in their care. They positively responded the invitation of the Bishop to collaborate with diocesan education policy and to promote culture of life, social and environmental harmony and to protect human and minority rights.

At the occasion the Bishop appealed to the heads of Charitable institutions particularly the children homes to be registered under District Women and Children Welfare Department. And to follow the new government norms regarding financial transactions.

Sr. Lissy Francis ASMI, Vidya Nagar,Raichur has been felicitated on her Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession at the occasion.

Diocesan CRI unit president Sr. Shalini RGS thanked all those present.

The day's session concluded with Eucharistic celebration and fraternal meal.

Large Gathering Witnessed Renovation and Extension of the Church at Sirwar

RAICHUR, SEP 6, 2017:Hundreds rejoiced the dedication of the renovated and extended church at Sirwar, Raichur district.

Bishop Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary dedicated Holy Cross Church for the glory of God and worship purposes.

In his homily the Bishop reminded "the majesty of the Church building is a symbol of the Spiritual temple which is built by living stones the souls of the faithful"

Sirwar Mission was started in the year 1979 with Rev.Fr. Charles D Souza as its first parish priest. It constituted a few villages of Kowtal and Hutti parishes. Earlier in 1979 Fr. Charles resided in a mud hut and portion of the hut was used as a chapel.

Later Church building was built and blessed by Bishop Joseph D' Silva on 2nd December 1996 when Fr. N. A. Vincent was the Parish Priest.

Rev.Fr. Arogyanathan, the present Parish Priest has taken up the much needed renovation and extension of Holy Cross Church, Sirwar in 2016. Everybody appreciated his dedicated service to this Mission. There are around 850 Catholics in Sirwar Parish.

A new school( Holy Cross School) was started at Sirwar in 2010 to cater the educational needs of local Catholics and others by Fr. Sam Nalan.

Many priests, religious and lay faithful joyfully witnessed the occasion.

Sisters of the Charity (S.C.C.G) serve this mission since 1979. They involve themselves in the medical, social development and educational mission.

Rev. Fr. Arogyanathan gratefully recalled with gratitude the services of the pioneers Rev. Frs. Charles D Souza, N.A. Vincent, M.A. Alphonse, Arulaiah, Sma Nalan who served in this parish and honoured them at the occasion. He also thanked the donors, well wishers and all those present at the occasion.

Newly Built School Building of Mount Carmel School Inaugurated

GURUGUNTA, AUG 14, 2017:Newly built Mount Carmel School, Gurugunta was declared open by Member of Legislative Council, Lingasugur Constituency, Sri Manappa D Vajjal Aug. 14,2017 at Gurugunta, Lingasugur Taluk in Raichur district.

Bishop of Bellary Henry D'Souza blessed the building. In his message Bishop D'Souza said "Catholic Diocese of Bellary through BDBE is committed to impart education to this most backward area of Gurugunta and surrounding villages".

It is to be noted here that Fr.Sunderraj is the pioneer in establishing this New Educational Mission at Gurugunta in 2012.

The Diocese of Bellary is ever grateful for the donation of Manos Unidas, Spain for the construction of the School building at Gurugunta. It is one of the most backward areas of Karnataka.

Sri Guru Gajantha Shivayogi, Sr. Ismail Moulain, and other community leaders, Fr. Paulraj, VG, Fr.Vincent M.D, Secretary BDBE, Fr. Sam Nalan, Diocesan Financial Administrator along with many priests, nuns and dignitaries were present at the occasion.

The hard work of Fr Yagappa, present Manager and the Staff of Gurugunta School is appreciated by one and all.

Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny who carryout social developmental works at Gurugunta since 1993 involve themselves in the educational ministry at Mount Carmel School.

Abhaya Home For Special Children Opened Near TB Dam

AMARAVATHI, TB DAM/ HOSPET, 10 AUG 2017: Abaya Home for the special children was blessed and declared open on August 10 in Amaravati village, T.B. Dam, near Hospet town.

Bishop Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed the new building and dedicated it to the special children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

President of JSW Mr. Rajshekhar Pattana Shetty declared the new home opened.

In his address, Bishop Henry D'Souza said, "Children are our future and our treasure. They are to be tenderly cared for and prepared for the future."

He regretted that special children who are either infected or affected or differently able are often neglected and even stigmatized in the society today" and it is our bounden duty to care them showing God's unconditional love.

Situated amidst a scenic beauty surrounding Abhaya Home is indeed a blessing to the Diocese of Bellary. It is just about a kilometer away from the Tungabhadra Dam, Hospet and 10-15 kms to the World Heritage site Hampi.

Abhaya Home was financially supported by the Financially supported by Abaya India, a children's sponsorship programme headed by Kathelijne Ritzen in Belgium and directed by Fr. Arokianathan in Bellary. Bishop lauded their work and thanked JSW-CSR for financial support and Fr. Francis B. for carefully supervising the construction work.

The children's home will be run by the DSS Sisters, who have started their new convent at the beginning of this year.

Many dignitaries, priests, religious men and women and local people participated in the event.

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