Diocese of Udupi to celebrate Ist Anniversary on 15th October at Milagres Cathedral

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 11-10-2013 10:38:52

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Udupi, Oct 11 : The Diocese of Udupi completing one year of its formation and erection on 15th October, 2013, first celebration of Anniversary will be held at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur begin with thanksgiving mass at 4pm. This annocement was made by Rev Fr. Dennis D’Sa. the Public Relation Officer of the diocese at a Press Conference held at the Mother of Sorrows Church Conference Hall on Friday, 11th October, 2013.

First ever Press Conference by the Bishop attended by large number of journalist including print and electronic media which was addressed by Most Rev Fr. Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese, Very Rev Mosgr. Baptist Menezes Vicar General, Rev Fr. Denis D’Sa PRO and Very Rev Fr. Fredrick Mascarenhas of Udupi Church were on dais.

Prior to the press conference Bishop welcomed the journalists who participated in large number and thanked them for giving wide publicity during the inauguration of Udupi Diocese. He introduced to the press Rev Fr. Denis D’Sa who has taken charge as the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the diocese and in brief narrated the various activities projected by Fr. Denis D’Sa and also briefed varuous posts that he had held in Mangalore diocese after his ordination.

The Bishop stated the following details in his media release:
"I must admit that it was a tough challenge filled with hectic activities, series of meetings, detailed planning and also intense familiarization drive by mingling with the entire Diocese, visiting all the 48 parishes – the primary units of the new edifice – and map out comprehensive strategies for growth on a sound and firm foundation. The next question, therefore, I am sure would be on the achievements during the first year of existence of the Udupi Diocese. The answer, obviously, is both positive and negative or rather like the glass being half full or empty. Frankly, the achievements or accomplishments cannot really be measured in quantitative terms. However, I must confess of being entirely truthful because quite a lot of work has been done, whose results would be known in the years to come.
For starters, as I have already said I and my fellow priests and sisters have been tirelessly at work in nurturing the new-born Diocese from Day One: The necessary administrative offices have been set up in the premises of the Bishop’s House. In support of the family life in the diocese, a Tribunal has been set up. Society of St Vincent De Paul, Tertiary Franciscan Order, Legion of Mary, Catholic Sabha, Shree Sanghatan and units of other lay associations have started functioning. As many 17 different commissions, involving the religious and laymen, for pastoral service have come into being. All these are essential and form the foundation of any diocese, especially a new one.
Documents and records related to various parishes have been brought from Mangalore Diocese and rearranged and kept systematically. Four books have been compiled and published to help in teaching Christian Doctrine in the parishes. All these tasks cannot be quantified. But in the Diocesan administration, attention to these details can seldom be overlooked.
Most importantly, socio-economic survey of each and every Catholic family in the Diocese has already been completed to assess the actual position and overall requirements in terms of educational, financial and socio-cultural or healthcare support and on the basis of the analysis of the data, work on preparation and adoption of suitable programmes are being taken up. The question of implementation is and will be a huge challenge and will require the support all sections, especially those in a position to do so.  We need to evolve and embark on programmes tailored to cater to the aspirations of the younger generation and meet the special needs of the older people, especially women.
To list some of the urgent needs, it is utmost necessary to establish a full-fledged and well-equipped Pastoral Centre to carry on various programmes; a hospital to cater for the health needs of the poorer sections of our community; institutions of higher education for our youth to shape them as the leaders of the community; and also meet the basic needs of the poor and marginalized.
In order to ensure that the Diocese functions properly and takes up concrete plans to meet the needs it is necessary that the Corpus of the proposed Education Fund needs to be established. To cater to the health needs of poor and destitute a ‘Health Fund’ and to provide basic amenities to those below Poverty line Corpus Funds need to be established. This needs the support and generous contributions from all concerned, especially those who are financially better placed. Those faithful brothers and sisters from the Udupi Diocese, who are serving abroad, can join their hands with the people of Udupi in being part of the people centric projects by contributing whatever they can.
Unlike my first 12-year stint as the Bishop of the mission diocese of Shimoga, wherein I had the good fortune of treading the path traversed by my predecessor Most Rev Ignatius Pinto, I had to literally start from scratch in Udupi. Though the parishes forming part of the Udupi Diocese were well looked after by the Mangalore Diocese, the faithful were certainly and most eagerly awaiting the moment when their long-felt dream being part of an independent ecclesiastical entity of their own for their spiritual fulfillment.
Udupi, known as the "Town of Temples", especially the Ashta Maths including the most famous Sri Krishna Math, it is perhaps appropriate that as the Bishop of Udupi Diocese I should strive for promoting religious and communal harmony by developing healthy and cordial relations by meeting different religious and community leaders. I have made it a point and matter of principle to visit the places of worship of different religions, to visit places of worship belonging to other religions, meet and hold dialogue with their spiritual pontiffs and community leaders as part of the initiative of fostering Inter-Religious amity and brotherhood ".
Bishop thanked everybody, especially the friends of print and electronic media and all other sections, including many non-Christian organizations for their generous and continued support, which made his task easier. Msgr Baptist Menezes, Vicar General of Udupi Diocese, Fr. Denis D’Sa PRO, Fr. Fred Mascarenhas Parish Priest of Udupi were present in the press meet.

About Udupi Diocese: The new diocese of Udupi consists of 48 parishes belonging to Karkala, Udupi and Kundapur taluks. There are 65,634 Catholics, 67diocesan priests, 15 religious priests / brothers and 256 religious sisters, 41 Women religious houses, 9 men religious houses, 3 Shrines, 9 Diocesan Nursery Schools, 43 diocesans Primary Schools, 15 High Schools, 6 Junior Colleges, 4 Degree Colleges, 2 Post graduate centers, 6 home for the aged, 3 technical Schools, 11 Hostels in Udupi diocese.

Udupi diocese at a glance

Population of Udupi  11,77,908

Catholic Population  65,634

Catholic Families          14, 568

Diocesan Priests           67

Relgious Priests           15

Relgious Sisters          256

Parishes                     48

Deaneries                  05

Women Religious Houses          41

Men Religious Houses                09

Shrines                                      03

Diocesan Nursery Schools            09

Diocesan Primary Schools            43

Diocesan High Schools                 15

Junior Colleges                             06

Degree Colleges                           04

Post graduate Centres                   02

Students studying in diocesan
Educational Institutions                  33,477

Homes for the Aged                        06

Technical Schools                           03

Hostels                                          11

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