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Assumption of The B. V. M Province

Parish Ministry


When Fr. Anton Nenzl, SAC, was appointed Novice Master in 1987, he showed keen interest in pastoral involvement in the Diocese. However, taking over any existing parish was out of question due to the above mentioned language conflict in the diocese. As part of their ministry to the Religious Sisters of Our Lady, Queen of the Missions at Banaswadi, the Fathers from Pallotti Nilaya had begun with the celebration of Sunday Mass in English in the school hall where a good number of English speaking Catholics of the surrounding area also began to attend the service. At this time the idea of beginning a new Parish in Banaswadi was proposed because it was a fast developing residential area. Most Rev. Alphonsus Mathias, the Archbishop of Bangalore, readily agreed to the proposal. The Parish The Parish community slowly began to take shape. Being an area already included in the city planning, the task proved nearly impossible. At that time Fr. Philip Ettamparampil, SAC, joined the community of Pallotti Nilaya and was entrusted with the Parish project. His ingenuity soon found solutions to most of the problems. Soon land was purchased and construction of the Church began in 1991. The imposing and artistic architecture proved costly and long to complete. The untiring and dedicated work of Fr. Philip Ettamparambil, SAC, the support extended by Msgr. Werner Francis Hunold, SAC and many other benefactors, brought the project to completion on the eve of the new millennium. The Church was solemnly blessed by Most Rev. Ignatius Pinto, the Archbishop of Bangalore, on December 12, 1999 and inaugurated by Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Panakal, SAC, the Provincial. Already before the completion and blessing of the Church, the parish was formally erected on January 26, 1997 and entrusted to the Pallottines Ad perpetuum. Fr. Philip Ettamparambil, SAC, was appointed the first Parish Priest. Over the years the parish has developed greatly. Today the Parish has 1400 families and a total Catholic population of 6000 people. Sunday Masses are offered in different languages for the benefit of the faithful. Today the Church has become an important landmark in the city of Bangalore. The other Pallottine confreres served in this parish are Fr. Ralph Besterwitch, SAC, Fr. Claudy Stany Vas, SAC, and the present Parish Priest is Fr. Manohar Josly Noronha, SAC.
Fr. Manohar Josly Noronha – Parish Priest
Fr. Paul Julian D’Souza – Asst. Parish Priest – Principal, St. Vincent Pallotti School
Fr. Arogyadas Joseph – Asst. Parish Priest
St. Vincent Pallotti Church
Banaswadi, Bangalore – 560 043
Website: www.pallottichurchbangalore.org

Fr. Benedict Monterio, SAC, had been working in the Diocese of Mangalore from 1988 helping in different parishes. From June 1992 he stayed in a rented house and helped in the Agrar parish. The unrelenting efforts of Fr. Benedict bore fruit when the Most Rev. Basil D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore finally decided to erect a new Parish at Farla, bifurcating the Agrar Parish and entrusted it to the Pallottines. A three acre plot of land was purchased at Farla on February 02, 1993. The newly constructed house was blessed and inaugurated by Most Rev. Basil D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore, on January 18, 1994 and was canonically erected on the same day by the decree of the Bishop. The foundation stone for a Church was blessed by the Bishop of Mangalore on October 7, 1994. The formal decree of erection of the parish came to effect on December 8, 1994. The new church and the belfry were blessed by Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’ Souza, the new Bishop of the Diocese, on May 01, 1997 and was inaugurated by the Provincial Superior, Very Rev. Fr. Christudhas SAC. The Pallottine confreres who have worked in this Parish are Fr. Jacob Alvares, SAC, Fr. Charles Fernandes, SAC, Fr. Claudy Vas, SAC, and Fr. Walter Menezes, SAC, Fr. Manohar Josly Noronha, SAC, Fr. Paul Francis Coutinha, SAC. Fr. John Prakash Pereira, SAC, is the present Parish Priest.
Fr. John Prakash Pereira – Parish Priest
Our Lady of Vailankanni Church
Pallotti Ghar
Farla, Navoor – 574 211
Bantwal Tq., S.Kanara, Karnataka

St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at Kumta was created by bifurcating the main parish at Kumta. Fr. Frederick D’Souza, SAC, was appointed to construct a parochial house. Shortly after its completion in September 1996, the new parish was formally erected on December 7, and he was appointed the first Parish Priest. The foundation stone for the new Parish Church was blessed by Most Rev. William D’Mello, the Bishop of Karwar, on January 22, 1999, on the feast of the Founder. Fr. Benedict Monterio, SAC, the second Parish Priest. The construction of the Church was completed by Fr. Gilbert Mascarenhas, SAC, and it was blessed and inaugurated on April 21, 2005, on the birthday of our Founder. The Pallottine priests those who served in this parish were succeeded by Fr. Victor Martis, SAC, Fr. Prakash William Monis, SAC, Fr. Clement Martis, SAC, Fr. Melwin D'souza, SAC, Fr. Frederick D’Souza, SAC, Fr. Thomas Simon Lobo, SAC. and Fr. Theodore D’Cunha, SAC, is the present Parish Priest.
Fr. Theodore D’Cunha – Parish Priest
St. Vincent Pallotti Church
Villa Pallotti
Kadle, Hollanagadde P.O.,
Kumta – 581 3

In the year 2011, The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Ukkinadka, has been entrusted to the pastoral care of Pallottines by Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore. Fr. Stanyslaus D’Souza, SAC, was appointed as its first Pallottine Parish Priest. Who worked hard and built the Parochial House. The Pallottine confreres who have worked in this Parish are Fr. Roshan John Lopes, SAC, and present Parish Priest is Fr. Wilson Clywet Lobo, SAC.
Fr. Wilson Clywet Lobo – Parish Priest
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Ukkinadka P.O. Via – Perla
Dist., Kasaragod – 671 552 Kerala

In the year 2017, Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, Patne, has been entrusted to the pastoral care of Pallottines by Most Rev. Peter Machado, Bishop of Belgaum. Fr. Claudy Vas was appointed as its first Pallottine Parish Priest. Followed by Fr. Thomas Miranda, SAC and present Parish Priest is Fr. Santhosh Lopes, SAC.
Fr. Santosh Lopes – Parish Priest
Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church,
Patne -Tal. Chandgad
Dist., Kolhapur, 416552

Bovikanam Church dedicated to Risen Saviour is in taluk and district of Kasaragod, of Kerala state. In June 2016 Bovikanam chapel was entrusted to the care of Society of Catholic Apostolate known as Pallottines. In 2018 Bovikanam chapel was raised into an independent station or Quasi Parish by Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul Dsouza, Bishop of Mangalore and Fr. Stanyslaus Dsouza, SAC was appointed as Parochial Administrator. On 12 th September 2022, Bovikanam Quasi Parish was erected to the status of full pledged Parish by Most Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldhana, Bishop of Mangaluru and Fr. Stanyslaus Dsouza SAC was appointed as Parish Priest.
Fr. Stanyslaus D’Souza – Parochial Administrator
Risen Saviour Church
Bovikana, Muliyar P.O.
Dist., Kasaragod – 671 542

Fr. Thomas Simon Lobo – Parish Priest
St. Joseph’s Church
Sannenahalli, Masavanaghatta P.O.
Tiptur Tq, Tumkur Dist., 572 224

Fr. Mark Arun Kumar D’Souza – Parish Priest
Fr. Prashanth Kumar – Assigned
St. Joseph the Worker Church
Muchalamb, Basava Kalyan
Bidar – 585 327