Mary Pawada Mathe Mandir Itga :
Itga Mission, with the visits of Sr Prema BS from Maria Ashram, Jalasangi Centre as she was coming to this place for Women Self Help Groups. A group of youth from New Apostolic Church, Itga, met the Fathers at Jalsangvi and continued to attend for some weeks Sunday Mass at Jalsangvi on cycle, a distance of 35kms. Their interest and love for Catholic Church was appreciated by the Fathers there and they started visiting Itga village on the request of these Youth. The mission started here in a small tin shed. Fr Elias Martis and Fr Leo Veigas served the Mission from Jalsangvi for over 2 years. Subsequently, land for Church was bought and the construction of the Church building started under the leadership of Fr Stany Monteiro in 2000 and the Mission began in year 2000. The Church was inaugurated by Rt Rev Dr Aloysius Paul, the Bishop of Mangalore on 16.07.2002. Thanks to Milagres Parish, Mangalore for their generous contribution towards all the expenses of establishment of this New Mission Centre. Rightly the mission centre is called Pawada Mathe Devalaya after the Patroness Our Lady of Miracles (Milagres) . People of this village were recived into catholic faith fold in the year 2000. There are 167 families in the catholic fold. Itga Mission thus became an independent mission in 2002 with bannahalli and Udbaal as in mission outreach centres.
Directors : Fr Stany Monteiro – 2000 – 2004 Fr Stany Lobo- 2004 – 2005 Fr Richard D’Souza – May 19, 2005 – May 12, 2007 Fr Stephen Veigas – 13th May 2007 – May 13, 2012 Fr Anil William Crasta – 14 May 2012 – 2017 Fr. Roque D’Souza May-2017-2018 Fr. Gerald Sagar 2018
Assistant Directors Fr. Anil Victor Vas – Dec 2011 to April 2012 Fr. David – Dec 16, 2015 – April 14, 2015 Fr. Sunil Mankare – April 19, 2015 Fr. David (Jn) Jan 2013-2014 Fr. Walter Lobo OCD 2018
Villages under the Itga Mission :
Bannalli : Visit to Bannalli tarted by Fr Francis Lewis in 1994 from Jalasangvi centre – The thatched tent was burnt down by Hindus due to hatred against Christianity and was again built by Fr Francis Lewis. He stood by the people, the Christians boldly.
Fr Henry Mascarenhas built chapel in 1996 and people were received at Maria Ashram Jalasangvi centre. When Itga mIssion was started as an independent centre (2002) Bannali Village became a part of this new mission centre. Families: 33
Udbal :Visits to this to this village were started as early as 1996, after 2 years they left and joined Seventh Day Adventists. There was no good relationship between people and priests at Mari Ashram. A chapel was built for them within a year by SDA church, but when the pastors deserted them again faithful came back to Catholic Church with a request to start again Catholic faith and this faith has sustained in them ever since. Fr Stany Monteiro started the visits again. They have been worshipping in a Small tin shed since then.
A modest chapel was built and inaugurated on 22nd May 2016. 52 families were received into Catholic Church. The new church named after Holy Trinity Church was blessed and inaugurated in 2018. Families: 52
FMM SISTERS IN UDBAL :Franciscan missionaries of Mary extended their mission from Chincholi to Udbal Mission on 8th August 2016. The bishop of Gulbarga Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Miranda invited the sisters to render their service and to strengthen the faith of the Catholics. Initially FMM sisters used to come from Chincholi on Saturday evening, after meeting the people they used to teach catechism, prepare them for the Eucharist, stay with the people and used returned after the Sunday Mass to Chincholi. Sisters realized that the weekend ministry was not very effective and did not bear much fruit. So the sisters decided to stay in Udbal to make their presence felt and to be part of the Catholic Church. They looked for a rented house for their stay but they dint dint find a suitable house rather than the sacristy of the old church. Sr. Rita Mendonca and Lona Elvera Aranha arrived on 1st July 2017. Sr. Reeta Mendonca is teaching in Melagres school, Chitguppa and the other sister like Sr. Mini Mathew and Sr. Marian Baby is involved in the pastoral work.
Visits to mudnal Village started in the year 2013 on 13th October by Fr. Anil Crasta, The director of Itga Mission. A catholic lady by name Mamitha from Bannalli was given in marriage to Mudnal Village. After few years of the marriage , her husband showed interest to accept the catholic faith. Once he was baptized other families from Mudnal also showed interest to accept catholic faith. Group of young men under the leadership of Dilip, Dayanand called Fr. Anil Crasta to their village. As per their request Fr. Anil Crasta guided Bro. Rosh D’Souza ( Regent) to start Family visits of Mudnal and to find out situation of the village. Bro. Roshan D’Souza , Sr. Evlyn, Sr. Divya, Sr. Anisha guided them with the initial teachings of the Catholic Church (Prayers , Bhajans). During the same year Dn David arrived for his Diaconate Ministry , who accompanied brother as a result many more families started, attending the prayer service. Fr. Anil Crasta visited the village on 16th November and insisted “Mane Shudikarana and Bible enthronement in the houses ”. People removed their idols from their house ans celebrated Christmas in a grand manner. Fr. Roque D’Saouza and Bro Abhishek worked hard to foster faith , At present Fr. Gerlad sagar is at their service in fostering their faith.
Founder: Fr Anil Crasta October 13, 2013 Received Families: 4 Catechumen Families: 12
Milagres School: Milagres Pre-Primary , Primary and Higher Primary School near Chitguppa was started in June2007
Inde Espoir Project students of Paris University built the three floor school. They came in 3 batches camped in the school premise for 22 days each and worked themselves. At present there are 465 students from Kindergarten to VIII Standard
Ursuline Sisters serve in the School. This school has over 150 catholic children Ashraya Mathe Covent Itga 1st June 2000 Ursuline Franciscan Sisters Superiors Sr Helen Monteiro – 2002 – 2003 Sr Eveline Pinto – 2003 – 2015 Sr Veena Fernandes – 2015 –
Itga is a Muslim and Lingayat dominated village in humnabad, Bidar dist. On June 1 2000, the Ursuline Franciscan Sisters from Kristashram, Kaudiyal began to collaborating at the Itga Mission. The Sisters serving at Kaudiyal set aside two days in a week for Itga Mission. Though challenging due to poor availability of transport to the Itga and lack of accommodation there, sisters preserved and did their best. Responding to the invitation of the diocesan authorities, the Sisters started a community there in June