The dream of late Bishop Rt. Rev Basil S. D’Souza of Mangalore is actualized today as the Christashrama, Kaudiyal has become a power house for the mission work of Gulbarga Diocese. It is a centre for retreats, prayers and meditation. It is situated on the way to Basavakalyan from Humnabad Highway. Being the diocesan Evangelization centre, it attracts the people of all caste, creed and religion.s Priest’s residence and a prayer hall. Till 2011 this prayer hall was the sole place for prayer and meditation. When the number of the believers increased, the existing new Church was constructed and inaugurated on 16-10-2011 by Most Rev Robert Michael Miranda. The following Priests have served this centre as directors: Fr Francis Lewis 1996-97, Rev Fr. Baptist Menezes 1997-2000, Rev Fr. Clary D’ Souza 2000- 2006, Rev Fr. Gerald Sagar 2006- 2013, Fr. Cyril Lobo 2013- 2018 and Fr. Santhosh Bapu at present. These are the few regular activities of the Centre.
- Fasting and prayer on every Friday of the week
- Retreat on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of every month
- Visiting 7 villages (Kittta Gokul, Tadola, Halli, Rola, Nirgudi, Mysalga) and familes in and around Basavakalyan
- Serving 40 Self-Help Groups
- Family apostolate in the form of helping the broken families, alcoholics, HIV/AIDS, social evils
- The centre began that with just two families has grown in faith, now having 19 families.
The Ursuline Franciscan Sisters of Mangalore Province are serving this mission centre for past 20 years. They are actively involved in faith formation, health, social work, family apostolate, tuition classes so on.
At present Christashrama, Kaudiyal is known for its healing ministry. People who are possessed with evil spirits and psychological illnesses stay at the centre and are healed by prayer and counseling. In 2014 SPARSHA Care Home Centre has started with 11 HIV Children and every month there is a regular meeting of HIV patients and nearly 60 people attend the meetings. The team members are also venturing into the new villages for faith formation in the villages such as Narayanpur , Hattyal, Rajeshawar, and Chenenlli etc.
Statistics: Name of the Center: Christashram Established in 1996
- Total number of Catholic families – 19
- Number of Catholics – 81
- Male – 41
- Female – 40
- Number of Catechumen families – 27
- Total number of youth – 7
- Altar servers group – 1 members -21
- Holy Childhood group – 1 members (25 hostel children)
Chitanya Convent, Kaudiyal :
Ursuline Franciscan Congregation, Hubli Province :
Chaitanya Convent was founded on June 2, 1998. Sisters were invited by Most Rev.Bishop Basil D`Souza, Manglore Diocese, to serve in Bidar Mission. Rev. Sr. Edilburga Monteiro Superior General accepted the invitation to start a mission under Manglore Province at Basavakalyan when Fr. Baptist Menezes was the Director of Prayer Center, Kaudiyal.
Most Rev. Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Mangalore Diocese, Blessed the Convent building in the presence of Fr. Robert Michael Miranda, (Episcopal Vicar Genral for Bidar Mission) Sr. Doreen D`Souza UFS, Provincial Superior, Mangalore Province and Sr.Angeline sequeira, Councilor General, Generalate, Mangalore. Sr. Evelyn Pinto, Sr. Grace Alvares and Sr. Janet D’Souza started their pioneering work with God’s Blessings. The purpose of their presence is for attending to the spiritual, psychology, physical, moral and social needs of the people in collaboration with the directors of the prayer center and ORBIT social center.
Sr. Evelyn pinto , Grace Alvares , Shalini Lobo , Madtha D`Souza and Angeline Sequeira have served as Superior in the course of years past. Srs Janet D`souza, Helen Monteiro ,Cynthia Sequira , Leeda Sanctis , Kavitha Rani , Meena Monica , Adelaide Noronha, Ida D`Souza , Priya, Christina, Irene Menezes , Lolita Brags and Benedicta D`Souza and a few who carried on the mission as members of the community in the course of years.
At present the mission continues with the collaboration to the Diocese from Hubli Province under the Provincial Superior Sr. Severine Veigas, and Director Fr. Santhosh Bapu.
The mile stones to be on record are faith formation, empowerment of women through SHGs,treating HIV/AIDs patients in the Asha Deepa Health Center and now Sparsha Care Home for HIV infected Children.
Faith formation :
Teaching catechism, preparing for sacraments and Sunday liturgy, visitingfamilies, conducting family prayers, evangelizationthrough the Word of God, assisting in the church projects , singing , counseling, giving tuition to slow learners and school drop outs, weekly adoration of the blessed sacrament along with fasting and intercessory prayers, monthly retreat of 3 days, celebration of all feasts and national events by putting up cultural programs and meaningful liturgy are a few of the activities that are taken care of. All the Sisters actively involve in all the activities at Christa Ashram.
Chaitnya Convent, present community Sisters :
It is a joy to see the little children of Sparsha Care Home, Kaudiyal seeing the light of new life in this center and bringing the radiation of Christ`s merciful face glowing in their faces.
Sathyanubhava- Centre for Dialogue – Basava Kalyan :
On 19th, June 2006 Bishop Robert Michael Miranda appointed Fr. Clary D’ Souza, as the Pioneering Missionary to establish the Mission at Basavakalyan and Fr. Clary started the activities from a rented house. Prior to this, already the Sisters of St Ann’s Providence started to work for the Lord in Basava Kalyan town staying in a rented room since 8th June, 2004 and Fr. Clary D’ Souza himself guided them from Kaudiyal Mission, as he was the mission director there.
As the Pioneering Missionary in Basavakalyana, Fr. Clary D’ Souza started various activities among the place. The two villages of Muchalamb Mission, namely Kitta and Gokul were also taken care. Thus the faith formation programme for the villages and the Basavakalyana town started. Later, a hostel for the poor children and Sathyanubhava, and Inter-religious Dialogue Center was started. The details of these two apostolate are given below.
The Catholic Church recognizes that there is a bond between all people which comes especially from the common origin and end of the entire human race. Whatever is good or true in all religions comes from God and is a reflection of his truth. (CCC 170). The Catholic Church promotes inter religious dialogue throughout the world. Satyanubhava Inter -Religious Dialogue Centre under the leadership of Fr Benjamin D’Souza was inaugurated on 10th July 2009 by Most Rev. Robert Michael Miranda, Bishop of Gulbarga
Father Benjamin D’Souza is the founder Director of Satyanubhava from 10th July 2009. As he was not able to continue the work due to age factor, Fr Joseph Rodrigues, a zealour missionary from Mangalore was appointed by the Bishop as the Director of Satyanubahva from 04.05.2014. As per the desire of Bishop Robert, Fr. Benajmin continues to help Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, in the dialogue ministry with much enthusiasm.
Inspired by Jesus Christ who came to bear witness to the truth, ‘to fulfill and not to destroy’, and guided by the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, Satyanubhava aims at:
- Experiencing the reality of the unity of God with Universe and humanity.
- With a positive approach, continually purifying, our language about God in so far as it is image bound and imperfect, realizing that we can never fully express the fullness of the mystery of one God. Similarly the one Universe, one human kind, which is a reflection of the mystery of God, remains a mystery in spite of all scientific progress.
- Understanding the goodness, truth and the rich religious experiences of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Basava Tatva, Sikhism, Judaism, Jesus Christ, Islam and also other religions and ideologies.
- Promoting respect, liberty, justice, equality, fraternity, love and unity in diversity, realizing the unity of the fullness of life of the Triune God, one universe and one human kind.
- Turning away from all evil- starting from one’s own mind.
- Realizing that the power of goodness, love and mercy of God is greater than the
- Evil power.
EXPERIENCES GAINED THROUGH INTER RELIGIOUS DIALOGUES :
- There are more good people in the world than bad people.
- There is an urgent need of good people getting united.
- There is importance for prayer, religious experiences, reading of sacred books in all religions.
- The waves of prayer reach the whole universe and beyond.
- In all religions there is a desire and attempt to turn away from evil and to do good.
- Silent peaceful atmosphere without sound pollution is more conducive to God experience.
- When religion becomes a business, it loses its spiritual power.
- Removal of corruption starts with change of one’s own mind and heart.
- With change of mind, the material, intellectual and spiritual riches may be shared in love to create a new society of sharing, caring, justice and peace.
- There is celibacy in some religions. There is a desire among people to know more about celibacy.
- There is a need of balance between religious beliefs and life, teaching and living.
- External pomp is a hindrance to God experience.
- There is a desire among people to know the goodness, truth and God experience of all other religions in freedom and love.
- Many people have expressed the desire to have dialogue in small basic inter religious human groups to promote harmony, equality, fraternity, love , interreligious cooperation, removal of corruption from mind and families at local level.
Name: SAINT ANTHONY’S BALAKALYANA ASHRAM (SABKA) Address: Parthapur Road, Basavakalyan, Bidar District, Karnataka- 585 327 Telephone: +91 7795614106; +91 9900845815 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Established: 1st June, 2006 Patron: St. Anthony of Padua. Director: Rev. Fr. Santhosh Bapu . Inmates: 32 boys Staff: 2 Religious Sisters from St. Ann’s Providence of Hyderabad and 2 lay staff.
St Anthony Balakalyan Ashram :
Fr. Clary D’ Souza welcomed the Children from Muchalamba hostel (where the hostel children did not have school facility) to Basava Kalyana on 13th, June 2007. Initially the Children stayed in a rented house near Jnana Priya School and after sometimes shifted to the Jnana Priya School and children stayed in a class room. Later on, half an acre of land was bought with the generous donation of Mrs. Vinny Crasta, K.C. Road, Thalapady, Mangalore, and a small building was built with generous contribution received through Fr. Austin Hugue, the Provincial Superior of Betharam Fathers, from England in memory of Lynn North. (The fund was raised by the children and friends of Lynn North who died in an accident). Milagres Church, Mangalore and some devotees of St. Anthony helped the new mission. St. Anthony’s Ashram Jeppu, Mangalore, gave a Statue of St. Anthony on a Novena day to this new hostel for the poor. The new hostel was named St Antony Balakalyan Ashram (SABKA). In the Ashram here we have children who are orphans, single parent children all from very poor families irrespective of caste or creed. Until now (1-12-2014) 182 children have benefitted from the Ashram. This year there are 32 children in the Ashram. Since there are no proper facilities, only the boys are admitted now. All the children are attending the classes in the Local Government School. Regular coaching is given to the poor and slow learners in the morning and evening hours. Two religious sisters and two teachers are working for these children.
- Primary objective is the integral development of the children who are; orphan, very poor or from the Problematic families.
- Providing facilities and support for the above mentioned children to study minimum up to P.U.C. and then follow them up till they learn a skill to earn their livelihood.
- Imparting knowledge, leadership and skill training
- Enhancing the growth by encouragement, motivation and emotional support.
- Promote personal dignity and creativity in them and instil family, social, moral and spiritual values.
- Awaken in them their responsibility towards society.
HISTORY OF SISTERS OF ST. ANN’S OF PROVIDENCE, Basavakalyan, Bidar :
The sisters of St.Ann, were extended an invitation by the Bishop of Mangalore Rt.Rev.Dr.Aloysius Paul D’Souza to Sr. Charlotte, the provincial superior of the central province inspired by the Holy Spirit, Sr. Charlotte directed the young sisters Avia, Kumudini and Fatima to go ahead and explore the mission area. It was in the month of April 2004 the sisters arrived at Basavakalyan Taluk Bidar District. They camped at Christashrama, the mission station to study the situation, the mission work and the possibility of starting our mission at Basavakalyan. After remaining for 2 months these sisters returned to Bolarum with the good news that the mission land and the mission work the Lord is calling for spreading the Good News….
With prayer and discernment, trusting in the Divine providence, Sr. Charlotte sent the sisters to open a new community. The 7th June 2004 is the memorable day, when the 4 pioneer sisters Avia, Fatima and Ancy headed by Sr. Mathew arrived at Christashrama, the catholic center in Basavakalyan Taluk of Bidar Dist.The Sisters were given a warm welcome to the mission center by Rev.Fr.Clary, the director of Christashrama, where they spent a peaceful night, happy to be in the mission area. The very next morning of June 8ththe sisters accompanied by Fr. Clary proceeded to a rented house at Basavakalyan. The residence was a small single room with hardly any facilities.
The sisters were to begin their mission here at the centre of Basavakalyan. There was some hesitation as what and how it could be done. They had to be aware of their neighbors, the language and culture and get familiar with them by visiting, encountering, listening and guiding rather cautiously. The two sisters were employed in the two private Hindu Schools as teachers. The sisters were giving free tuitions in the evenings. They were visiting some families of their students. The sisters remained in the rented room for a year overcoming the various inconveniences and caring on the active apostolate.
At present 8 sisters reside at the campus and carry out the different apostolate according to the plan and wish of our founders, corresponding to the wish of the Gulbarga Diocese. Theyare involved in different missions and have dedicated themselves to educate the poorest of the poor in this Basavakalyan locality.
There is good response from the people around and all types of children are educated without differentiating the caste, creed, gender…etc. Help is given to the children who are weak in their studies after the school hours. Modern electronic gadgets to impart the education effectively towards the pupil are also used. There is also prior importance given towards prayer life of children encouraging them to spend some time in the chapel to pray during the break time.
One sister is dedicated for the welfare of the women at different villages. Besides this, the sisters also work for the children at st. Antony’s boarding which is run by the diocese… They also involve in Participating in the Kaudiyal Retreat every month, talking to the people and praying for them. They also visit the families catholic and non-Christians and praying in their families. They also go to villages for Mass in the families along with the parish team. All are happy to work collectively in this mission area.
1. Satyanubhava – Centre for Inter Religious Dialogue
Partahpur Road, Basavakalyan 585 327
Director: Fr. Santhosh Bapu 9448790575
2. Centre for Proclamation and Evangelization
Kristashrama, Kaudiyal, Nirgudi P. O.
Basavkalyan, Bidar – 585331
Director: Fr. Santhosh Baapu 9448790575
3. Asha Deepa Health Centre
Director: Fr. Santhosh Baapu 9448790575
4. St. Antony Bala Kalyana Asham (SABKA)
Partahpur Road, Basavakalyan 585 327
Manager: Fr. Santhosh Bapu Boarding No -7795614106
Kitta – Tadola – Mysalga – Halli – Nirgudi – Gokul- Narayanpura- Basavakalyan- Rajeshwara –Rola
Convents: 1. Ursuline Franciscan Sisters
Kawadiyal, Nirgudi P. O. Basavkalyan, Bidar – 585331
Superior: Sr. Angeline UFS Tel: 08481-254288/ 9591676115
2. St. Ann’s providence sisters
St. Ann’s Convent
St. Ann’s Street, Basavkalyan
Bidar Dt. 585 327
Superior: Sr. Perpetua D’Souza SAP 9448219866
Gyana Priya Hr. Pry/High School, Basavakalyan
H. M: Sr. Maria Menezes SAP 9535150120