Historic Grand celebrations: Udupi Diocese Inaugurated by Apolistic Nuncio of India, Dr Gerald Lobo First Bishop has officially taken the charge

Jayapraksh kini, Richard Dsouza
Kemmannu News Network, 17-10-2012 15:39:31

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Udupi October 15:Udupi will officially be the ninth Roman Catholic diocese under the Archdiocese of Bangalore.Udupi Diocese which has been carved out from the Mangalore diocese consists of 48 parishes spread across five deaneries of Karkala, Shirva, Udupi, Kallianpur and Kundapur. The total Catholic population of the new diocese is estimated to be around 1.25 lac who will be served by 58 diocesan clergy, 20 religious priests and brothers and 220 nuns

The much awaited inauguration of the new diocese of Udupi ceremony began with offering a warm ceremonial reception to the New bishop Rev. Dr. Gerald Issac Lobo, along with Apostolic Nuncio in India, Dr. Salvotor Pennacchio and other dignitaries at Cathedral Entrance on Monday October 15.

Earlier, parish priest of Milagres Church Kallianpur Fr Stany Lobo welcomed Dr Pennacchio, Bangalore Archibishop Dr Bernard Moras and new bishop of Udupi diocese Dr Gerald Lobo at the entrance. They were taken in a grand procession towards the church.



Later Rev. Dr. Gerald Issac Lobo, Apostolic Nuncio in India, Dr. Salvotor Pennacchio, Mangalore Bishop Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza entered the new Cathedral. Bishop Jerald Lobo lighting up the lamp, The Udupi diocese has been inaugurated by Apolistic Nuncio of India Dr Salvatore Pennacchio. The inauguration will be followed by the Eucharistic Mass. Rev fr Ronald Serro from jeppu seminar guide Eucharistic ceremony.

Fr Henry Sequeira, chancellor, Mangalore diocese read the letter in Latin the official decree received from Vatican from Pope Benedict XVI, Parish priest of Milagres Cathedral Fr Stany Lobo read the translation.

Bishop Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo has officially taken the charge of Udupi diocese. Mangalore Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza and Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras escorted Dr Gerald Lobo to the ’cathedra’ and Dr Salvatore Pennacchio sprinkled holy water on the Chair and presented the scepter.


This will be followed by Holy Mass at the Cathedral Grounds. Apostolic Nuncio in India, Dr. Salvotore Pennacchio will be the principal Prelate along with new Bishop Dr. Gerald Issac Lobo as the main celebrant of the Mass. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore Archdiocese, Dr. Ingatius Pinto, Retd Archbishop of Bangalore Archdiocese, Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza Bishop of Mangalore, together with more than 40 bishops and 400 priests will take part in the Holy Eucharistic celebrations, more than 15,000 people gather this history ceremony.

During the Mass, Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras in his homely said that for the diocese to grow and progress smoothly there is need for love, prayer and support. Urging the people to support and work towards unity in the diocese, he said, "Obedience towards bishop is obedience towards Church.""The bishop is the supervisor of the diocese," he said, asking the priests and the laity to build the diocese and the Church with faith.Stressing on the importance of unity in the diocese, the archbishop asked the devotees to spread the love and faith of Christ, and thereby support the bishop, the prophet of Jesus.

Offerings were made by the five deaneries representatives under Udupi diocese. Kundapur deanery, Shirva deanery Udupi deanery ,and Kallianpur deanery .


5.00pm Eucharistic Mass finished then volunteer distbuted  snacks to the crowd

After a short break, the formal felicitation ceremony of the first Bishop of Udupi diocese is now under way. The stage programme started with a prayer dance by Sudhir Kodavoor and Manasi team. The song was composed by Fr Clement.

Sri Sugunendrateerta Swamiji of Puttige Math, Dr Bernard Moras, Fr Ignatius Pinto, former Archbishop of Bangalore, Udupi bishop Dr Gerald Lobo, Rev Dr John S Sadananda, bishop, CSI, Mangalore, Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes, Kota Srinivas Poojary, Udupi incharge minister, MP Jayaprakash Hegde, MLA Raghupathi Bhat, N B Aboobakker, chairman, KMDC and Sunitha S Poojary, president of Kallianpur gram panchyath are present.

Mangalore bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza welcomed the gathering and said, "Today is a day of thanksgiving and celebration as god has given us the opportunity to witness the historic ceremony of the erection of Udupi diocese and installation of the new bishop."He extended a warm welcome to the dignitaries present on the dias, all the archbishops, bishops, and the priests and the gathering.

Sri Sugunendrateertha Swamiji of Puttige Math in his address conveyed the message of harmony and peace and said, "Today I see people of all religions gathered here. This occasion has brought all of us together and created communal harmony amongst us."He further said, "Everybody should follow their own dharma, only then there can be peace. When people go against dharma, violence erupts."

Stressing that Udupi has given space for all religions to exist and grow, he said, God is omnipresent, no one can claim that God belongs to any one religion. Conveying Sri Krishna’s message, he said that there should be unity among all religions and that inter-faith dialogues are necessary to foster unity and harmony.

"There are various similarities between religions. We should uphold the similarities and forget the differences. When we do that, there will not be any fight in the name of religion.To stress his point on similarities, he said, "Sripadaru for Hindus and Father for Christians mean the same.""Today in Udupi we have two Paryayas," he declared, much to the appreciation of the crowd.

Speaking earlier, MP Jayaprakash Hegde appreciated bishop Dr Gerald Lobo’s statement ’I swear by faith and development,’ and said that there can be no better words than these. He also lauded the bishop for his work and said that he is a humanitarian who had brought school dropouts back to classes and extended financial help to those in need of medical treatment.

He pledged the government’s as well as his personal support to the diocese

CSI bishop Rev Sadananda congratulated the new bishop on behalf CSI and wished him luck.

Oscar Fernandes in his address thanked bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza for taking care of Udupi people in all their needs. He pledged his support to the new bishop in his new mission. "In Udupi Catholics contribute to temples and Hindus to Churchs. Even Muslim brothers have contributed toward Udupi temple’s Lakshadeepotsava . We have to carry on in the same way in future also," he said.

Udupi district incharge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said, "I am grateful to the services rendered by the Catholic community to society. We join in congratulating the community today. Today the Pope has given us a small girl child. I promise on behalf of the Udupi district administration that we will take care of this girl baby."

MLA Raghupati Bhat said, "This day and this wonderful programme will be go into the golden annals of Udupi’s history. It is pleasure and good fortune to be part of this wonderful event, which is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So far no untoward incident has crossed Mulky border, this is becuase of the harmony among the people and communities of Udupi."

He further said, "We cannot forget the services rendered by the Catholic community in health and education fields, where they have reached the very last person in society. I am blessed to be the MLA of Udupi constituency which is now under Udupi diocese. I had been on a tour to Rome in 2009, and am blessed to be part of the Eucharist celebration of the Pope."

Addressing the gathering, N B Aboobakker said, "The period of life between birth and death is very important and short. We must reach the last person in the society and do our best to bring them to the mainstream."

On behalf of the 1.25 lac people of Udupi diocese, Veronica Cornelio congratulated Bishop Dr Gerald Lobo and said, "We will be with you in all your missions in the development of Udupi diocese, be it social or religious work."

Bishop Dr Gerald Lobo in his address said, "God has blessed us with a new diocese and has given me the previlige to serve Him as the first bishop. Udupi has got an enviable legacy of faith. We have lot of challenges in front of us because as it is a new diocese."

He remembered the late bishop Basil D’Souza of Mangalore and said that it was his dream to see Udupi as a diocese. He also thanked Mangalore bishop Dr Aloysius D’Souza for making it possible and said, "I am indebted to both of you."

He thanked Sri Sugunendrateertha Swamiji for gracing the programme and extended his wholehearted support towards fostering peace and communal harmony in the district. "Together we will build a peaceful Udupi district," he said.

"Youth are our strength and our elders are our inspiration and guide," he said, urging people’s support in building the new diocese.

Fr Gerald Isaac Lobo, the newly-appointed bishop was formally felicitated by Apostolic Nuncio Dr Salvotore Pennacchio, Dr Bernard Moras, Dr Ignatius Pinto, Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop of Mangalore, on behalf of the laity Leslie Lewis, vice-president, Milagres Cathedral Pastoral Council, on behalf of the nuns, Sr Shaila AC, superior, St Cecily’s Convent, Udupi, on behalf of the priests Fr Lawrence Rodrigues.

Parish priest of Yermal, Fr Felix Noronha, past vicar general of Shimoga Diocese, on behalf of the family, Jessy Lobo, sister of Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo felicitated the bishop of Udupi by garlanding him.

Apostolic Nuncio Dr Salvotore Pennacchio presented blessed candles to the donors who contributed more than Rs 1 lac.

Apolistic Nuncio of India Dr Salvatore Pennacchio said, "I will convey the gratitude to Holy Father. I have experienced hospitality of the people of Udupi and I am moved by the amount of faith among the devotees

Bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius D’Souza was honoured on the occasion. Fr Fred Mascarenhas read the felicitation letter.

Acknowledging the honour, Dr Aloysius said that when he first came to know that Udupi was going to be a diocese, a dream had come true.

"When Pope Benedict XVI sent the official letter, he said ’your dream has become a reality,’" he said.

"I never felt that Udupi was too heavy a duty for me, but I couldn’t look after the social, economical and educational development of Udupi the same way as I did of Mangalore, though I tried my best," he said.

"Today Udupi has got a talented bishop who has 13 years of experience as bishop of Shimoga. I am giving a part of heart (Udupi) to the new bishop," he added.

"My wish is that we do not differentiate between Mangalore and Udupi just because they are different dioceses. Our culture remains the same and we should be as united as before," he urged.

He thanked Valerian D’Souza, who served as episcopal vicar of Udupi for six years and Fr Baptist Menezes who has been the episcopal vicar for the last five years.

Fr Stany Lobo proposed the vote of thanks. The formal felicitation ceremony was compered by Vincent Alva and Mabel Menezes. Rev Fr Ronald Serro from |Jeppu seminar guide Eucharistic ceremony.

Tight security arrangements have been made at the venue, with ambulance and fire engines on alert. 

Official Live Telecasts And Webcast Rights were Given to WWW.KEMMANNU.COM.

www.kemmannu.com has covered this event through  C4U Channel for local  live TV viewers and for web veiwers through Kemmannu.com and many other websites.





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Comments on this Article
Sadanada P, Manipal Udupi Fri, October-19-2012, 3:10
Mr Jeevan if one man weds four women the proportion of girls in the community will decrease so they need girls from other community? Sad part of it is some men in Kerala and Karnataka do not find girls for marriage as shortage of brides. How can they? when rich are able to Mary 4 women and poor cant afford one! this how the conversion takes place.
Roudlf, India Fri, October-19-2012, 1:02
Peter your said correct one \"Diya ani thumka melthale\" that true Its a great that kemmannu.com who made the day a memorable one for live on internet and live in TV . My parents are very happy that they watched full Ceremony till end in TV like they are present in Cathedral Grounds.Thank you kemmannu.com for wonderful work. God Bless you guys
PETER, INDIA Fri, October-19-2012, 12:55
Its a great gesture of kemmannu.com who made the day a memorable one! The best thing was the signal was given free to other web sites free of cost! "Diya ani thumka melthale"
Jeevan, Thonse Thu, October-18-2012, 10:56
The land sale didnt take place in 1784 else Christians were taken as captives Milagres church was destroyed. The Christians from Kallianpur including Canara 80000 men women and children were made to walk till Mysore tied and imprisoned for 15 long years! its just like the Abba song in Diaspora "By the rivers of Babylon where we sat down there we wept when we remembered (Kallianpur)" we must be sympathetic and grateful for our poor ancestors sacrifice who suffered in the hands of Tippu. Thank God the Cathedral is our salvation.Mr Lewis it is our own people sell the land to them in Honnappa Kudru and Nidamballi land is not that important now. Please search in Google, or Wikipedia. Accordingly as per Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, up to 4,500 girls in Kerala have been targeted, whereas Hindu Janajagruti Samiti claimed that 30,000 girls have been converted in Karnataka alone!
Mr Lewis R D, Thonse Kallianpura Wed, October-17-2012, 11:25
This is blessing showered from heaven. May God keep Kallianpurians safe they were taken as prisoners during 1784. Many land lords who were once the patrons of Milagres and famed personalities in the region are faded away as their land has been sold to Sultans family in Thonse...............
Prakash and Sunitha Naik, Thonse Wed, October-17-2012, 8:30
Having their efforts for the live television telecast is appreciated by viewers all over DK district till the boarders of Kerala and till Byndoor. The web cast made it possible for others to witness even overseas. Thanks kemmannu.com members. Mr Kini has done dedicated photo shots through the event thanks for his hard work he seems to be family member of Thonse kini family may God bless you Mr J kini.
JOSEPH ANDRADE, KEMMANNU Wed, October-17-2012, 12:34
Thank you kemmannu.com team for your great job, thank you brother Kini and Vivek, thank you all the organisers, all well arranged. PRAISED BE THE LORD maker of heaven and earth,forever and ever
JOSEPH ANDRADE, KEMMANNU Wed, October-17-2012, 12:22
Congratulations our Bishop Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, may most HOLY TRINITY [FATHER SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT] dwell in you always.May the Lord give you the grace and fill you with the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT to spread His goodnews [Gospel]and proclaim His name, the name above all names, the name of Jesus, through whom all things and all creatures are created. May the Lord fill you with His divine treasure, may He fill you with His wisdom and knowledge to take care of your flock.
Sunil Dk, Udupi Wed, October-17-2012, 12:11
Best coverage of the event. This event has been watched all over the world people in U S and Canada were able to see this event during midnight thanks Kemmannu.com that was sleepless night for our friends and relatives the event happen in Kallianpur and watching it live across contents ! we wonder how miracles can be granted to a website to make big things into reality....
Melwyn Lewis, Kallianpur/Dubai Tue, October-16-2012, 10:52
Nice Job kemmannu.com, its a great moment of pride for all Udupi Diocese parishioners. Proud to be Milagrean.
MELVIN, SHANKERPURA/DUBAI Tue, October-16-2012, 9:05
One of the best telecast.Great job Vivek and Team.God bless u all.
wilfy, kemman Tue, October-16-2012, 8:51
Excellent work by kemmannu news network. Nice photographs and superb coverage of the historic event.Thanks a lot Hats off to all the team members.
Dorvin, Keman Tue, October-16-2012, 7:13
This historical event was a huge success, happy to be a part of it. Long Live Udupi Diocese. Our Lady Miracles bless us all. Wonderful job Kemmannu.com
Michael Mendonca, Kallianpur Tue, October-16-2012, 6:55
Wonderfull job done by kemmannu news network team.
Fabella, Kemmannu, Udyavara Tue, October-16-2012, 3:54
Wonderful job by Kemmannu.com. The live telecast was so clear and really felt the actual presence and missed that auspicious moments to be a part of this Ceremony.Congratulations Rev Bishop Jerald Lobo. Well done and god bless all the organizers. Bella Anil
Lawrence Dsouza, udupi/dubai Tue, October-16-2012, 3:08
One of the best telecast i have seen in kemmannu.com website,with big screen, and live also in my house tv. Great Job by kemmannu.com, also pleased to know that they have shared this live free with all the websites Specail very hard work done kemmannu.com team .All the best of luck kemmannu.com
Maria, Kallianpur/Dubai Tue, October-16-2012, 1:33
Nice coverage, I watched this programme live, keep it up and proud to be a milagrean.
Oswin, Dubai Tue, October-16-2012, 1:03
One of the best telecast i have seen in any website. Great Job by kemmannu.com, also pleased to know that they have shared this live free with all the websites including daijiworld and bellevision. This is a good show of unity amoung all the website from the region. My best wishes to all the people working behind all these websites.
Roshan Saldanha, Qatar Tue, October-16-2012, 12:59
CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Bishop Dr. Jerald Lobo and each every Udupi diocesean. Very nice direct telecast photographs of this historic event by kemmannu.com team members
Oshin J. Theodore,, Mangalore Tue, October-16-2012, 12:10
Jyothi Furtado, Barkur/USA Tue, October-16-2012, 12:08
Congratulations Best wishes to you Most Rev. Bishop Gerald Lobo!! Very good coverage…Thank you very much. Jyothi Antony.
TERRENCE NAZARETH,, THANE Tue, October-16-2012, 12:06
I hv recently set up my house at Kallianpur in Dec-2011. Even though my family is not present in function, we could enjoy the event through streaming available on internet. I felt the presence of Jesus Christ and feel that after this the place will be vibrant.
Jayasheela Dsouza,, Vogga/Kuwait Tue, October-16-2012, 12:03
Our prayers and best wishes to you Most Rev. Bishop Gerald Lobo and all who are part of Udupi Diocese. From:Felix D’souza/Helen Madtha-Vogga Claude Rodrigues/Lydia/Caroline-Dubai Cyril Menezes/Jayasheela/Calvin/Clarin-Kuwait Anoop Dsouza/Marina/Allen -Kuwait
Gilbert,, Sastan, Udupi Tue, October-16-2012, 12:01
Congratulations Best Wishes to the New Diocese of Udupi.., Gilbert Rodrigues Family, Sharjah, UAE
ivy lobo,, brahmavar Tue, October-16-2012, 11:57
i loved this program With live
ROBOT KEM, INDIA Tue, October-16-2012, 11:54
CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Bishop Dr. Jerald Lobo and each every Udupi diocesean. Very nice direct telecast photographs of this historic event by kemmannu.com team members and other web channels. God bless one and all who were behind the success of this wonderful event.
Felix Pinto & fly, Kemmannu/Kamla Thota Tue, October-16-2012, 11:45
Wonderfull job done by kemmannu news network team.God bless you all...
Barbine Mai (Bantwal), Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune Tue, October-16-2012, 10:47
Dear Gerald Issac Lobo, A very hearty and warm Congratulations to your achievement. We are filled with joy and are very proud to see you reach this level. We wish you all the success and love. May GOD be with you. Congratulations!!! once again on this beautiful occasion. With lots of love and affection Barbine Mai (Bantwal), Irene Menezes Fly, Leeda Manandhar Fly, Letitia Machado
Joseph D’Sa, Mumbai Tue, October-16-2012, 9:38
Excellent live webcast! Thanks for giving us an opportunity to witness the historic and once in a life time programme who are away from ground zero. Thrilled to listen to the last hymn - Milaagree Saibinee., Proud to be a Milagrean and Kallianpurkar. - Joseph D’Sa
Dulcine And Casmir Andrade’s Family, Bangalore / Kemmannu Tue, October-16-2012, 8:20
Nice Pictures And Good Fotography"s From kemmannu.com Web Site. Specially Thanks To Jayaprakesh Kini , Vivek , And All Kemmannu News Network Team Members.
Denzil Mendoza (Dennu), Kallianpur/Bahrain Tue, October-16-2012, 8:12
Jason Francis Andrade, Bangalore / Kemmannu Tue, October-16-2012, 8:09
Nice Pictures Good Fotography’s From Kemmannu.com Web Site.Specially Thanks To Jayaprakash Kini, Vivek And All of The Kemmannu News Network Team Members.
Dr Gerald Pinto, kallianpur Tue, October-16-2012, 6:46
Wonderful work by Kemman.com before and during the programme of Installation of Udupi diocese. Your contribution is great in the publicity. Dr Gerald Pinto
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