Ecclesiastical Details

Diocese of Bellary
Heirarchy of the Diocese
Rite:
Latin
Population: 6496450
 
Status:
Diocese
Catholics: 29262
 
Founded:
10-Mar-49
Diocesan Priests: 79
  Total area:
23002 Km2
Religious Priests: 25
 
Province:
Bangalore
Religious Sisters: 207
 
Region:
Karnataka
Seminarians: 15
  Patron:
St. Antony of Padua
  Languages: Kannada Tamil Telugu Malayalam Konkani and English.
  Civil States:

Karnataka: Bellary Raichur and Koppal

Contact Diocese of Bellary:
Bishop's House Bellary - 583 104 KARNATAKA
Telephone 1:
08392-24 03 15 24 0308 /
Fax:
24 03 08
 
E-Mail Office:
bhousebly@gmail.com
Website:
 
Most Rev. Henry D'Souza, Bishops of Bellary
Name:
Most Rev. Henry D'Souza
Designation:
Bishops     E-mail (P):
Canonical Possession:
    Telephone (P): 08392-24 03 08
 
Other Present & Retired Ordinaries of the Diocese of Bellary
 
Pilgrim Centres in theDiocese of Bellary
 
Ecclesiastical Institutions
 
Social / Charitable Institutions / Care Centres
Educational Institutions
Parishes:
247
 
Hospitals:
3
   
Degree Colleges:
1
Major Seminaries:
 
Orphanages:
1
   
Technical Training Centres:
10
Minor Seminaries:
2
 
Special Schools:
1
   
High Schools:
26
Monastries:
1
 
Crches:
   
Lower Primary Schools:
1
Convents:
38
 
Counselling Centres:
1
   
Presses & Media Centres:
1
Formation Houses:
3
 
Social Centres:
8
   
Professional Colleges:
Retreat Centres:
 
Dispensaries / Clinics:
10
   
Parallel Colleges:
 
Physically Challenged:
1
   
Higher Secondary :
6
       
Boarding Houses:
40
   
Upper Primary Schools:
38
       
HIV / AIDS Centres:
1
   
Nurseries/Pre-Primary :
37
       
De-addiction Centres:
1
       
          Aged & Destitute: 2        
     
       
History of the Diocese of Bellary
 
The word of God that was preached and lived by the Franciscan fathers in the 16th Century did accomplish its task in its own way. The Diocese of Bellary owes its faith and growth to the Franciscan fathers. Thanks to the efforts of the pioneering father such as Bishop John Forest Hogan. In 1928 the Holy See detached the two districts of Raichur and Gulbarga from the Diocese of Hyderabad and the district of Bellary from the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore and formed the new Mission "Sui Juris" of Bellary. It was entrusted to the pastoral care of the Order of Friars Minor of the English Province. In the course of twenty years its development was considered sufficient to be constituted as a Diocese. This took place in 1949 with Rt. Rev. John Forest Hogan ofm as the first Bishop. The Diocese of Bellary now consists of the five districts of Bellary Raichur Gulbarga Koppal and Davanagere all in Karnataka state.
Prelates of the Diocese of Bellary
Bishop NamePrelate Designation PeriodBishop NamePrelate Designation Period
Bp. Joseph D'Silva 1993-2005 Bp. Ambrose P. Yeddanapalli OFM 1963-1991
Bp. John Forest Hogan OFM 1949-1962