Lay Participation: Bishop of Udupi is the Trend Setter

Fr. Chetan, Capuchin

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Lay Participation: Bishop of Udupi is the Trend Setter

Udupi, July 4, 2013: The newly created Udupi diocese with a visionary bishop at the helm has become a Trend Setter in involving Lay Faithful into Church Administration and Service.  In constituting the participatory structures in the diocese, he has given a big chunk of responsibilities to the lay people, which is unique not only in the Church of Karnataka but all over India.

Bishop Gerald Lobo who had created history by appointing a Religious Sister as Diocesan Financial Administrator, has now appointed another 4 lay persons to head the diocesan commissions.  Mr. Melwyn Aranha (Commission for Labor), Ms. Sharlet Furtado (Commission for Justice and Peace), Sr. Teresa Martis (Commission for Women) & Sr. Veera Monis (Integral Child Development Program – ICDP) have been inducted into service of the diocese.

The directors of various commissions took charge of office at a brief prayer service led by Bishop Gerald Lobo at Mother of Sorrows Church, Udupi on 4th July, 2013.  The Vicar General Msgr. Baptist Menezes was present on the occasion.

Fr. Alban D’Souza

Fr. Alphonsus D’Lima

Fr. Anil Cornelio

Fr. Chetan Lobo

Fr. Denis D’sa

Fr. Ferdinand Gonsalves

Fr. Francis Lewis

Fr. Fred Mascarenhas

Fr. Reginald Pinto

Fr. Valerian Mendonca

Fr. Vincent Crasta

Fr. Willaim Martis

Mr. Melwun Aranha

Ms. Sharlet Furtado

Sr. Teresa Martis

Sr. Veera Monis

Udupi Diocese: Clerical Appointments

1. Rev. Fr Reginald Pinto            Higher studies in Social Development Leadership,  COADY, CANADA   w.e.f.01-7-13

2. Rev. Fr Elias Martis                        Parochial Administrator, Mount Rosary Church, Kallianpur,                      w.e.f.01-6-13

3. Rev. Fr Denis D’Sa                   PRO of the diocese & Parish Priest, St Antony’s Church, Kuntalnagar     w.e.f.01-7-13

4. Rev. Fr Santaremend Lopes      Parochial Administrator, St John Bosco Church, Kelmbet                        w.e.f.01-6-13

5. Rev. Fr George D’Souza                Rector & Parish Priest, St Lawrence Shrine, Karkal - Attur                       w.e.f.01-5-13

6. Rev. Fr Xavier Pinto                       Rector, St Antony’s Shrine, Kerekatte                                                        w.e.f.01-7-13

7. Rev. Fr Henry Vas, OFM Cap.       Asst. Parish Priest, Our Lady of Health Church, Shirva                         w.e.f.019-6-13

8. Rev. Fr Panghi Raj, MSFS                         I/c HM, Belle School                                                                        w.e.f.04-6-13



1. Seminary & Religious Formation                            Fr. Anil Cornelio, Trasi                                                     Director

2. Catechetics, Bible & Liturgy                                  Fr. Chetan Lobo, OFMCap                                                   

3. Family                                                                 Fr. Chetan Lobo, OFMCap                                                       

4. Laity                                                                  Fr. Ferdinand Gonsalves, Milagres-Kallianpur                        

5. Justice & Peace                                                       Mrs. Sharlet Furtado, Yermal                                            

6. Social Development                                                Fr. Reginald Pinto, Bishop’s House                                   

7. Proclamation & Evangelization                              Fr. Vincent Crasta, Nakre                                                  

8. Social Communication                                            Fr. Francis Lewis, Manipal                                                 

9. Women                                                                    Sr. Teresa Martis, FMM, Shirva                                         

10.Ecumenism                                                             Fr. Willam Martis, Udupi                                                    

11.Interreligious Dialogue                                          Fr. Willam Martis, Udupi                                                    

12.Education                                                        Fr. Clement Mascarenhas, Kemmannu                                    

13.Youth – YCS/YSM                                               Fr. Edwin D’Souza, Kuntalnagar                                           

14.Health                                                                    Fr. Denis D’Sa, Kuntalnagar                                              

15.Labour                                                                    Mr. Melwin Aranha, Shirva                                                

16.SCC                                                                       Fr. Alphonsus D’Lima, Gangolli                                          


Pious Associations/Movements


1. Society of Vincent De Paul                                    Fr. Fred Mascarenhas, Udupi                                     Spiritual Director

2. Legion of Mary                                                       Fr. Alban D’Souza, Kalmady                                                  

3. Charismatic Movement                                           Fr. Wilfred Frank, OCD – Kolalgiri                                      

4. Women                                                                    Fr. Valerian Mendonca, Barkur                                             

Comments on this Article
Rajesh, Malpe Fri, July-5-2013, 5:07
Congratulations and best wishes to the entire team. God Bless Diocese of Udupi..
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