About Us

The word “Anugraha” meaning divine blessing was adopted by the Capuchins of Karnataka Province when the Halbarga Mission area was handed over to them by the bishop of Mangalore Diocese Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloyisus Paul D’Souza in the year 2000. 

Capuchin Presence in Bidar:- The Capuchins were the first men religious to step into Bidar Mission which was a part of Mangalore Diocese and wholly administered by the diocesan clergy and some women religious hailing from Mangalore.  The main purpose of inviting the Capuchins to Bidar mission was to take care of the spiritual needs of the Diocesan clergy and also the women religious.  Fr. Balize Rodrigues, the newly ordained Capuchin priest ventured into this mission and made his abode at Bhalki Centre in the year 2000. The three sub-stations (Siddeshwara, Huppala and Hunji) were bifurcated from Bhalki Mission and handed over to the Capuchins on 15.01.2001.  A piece of land measuring 4 acres was purchased by the Capuchins on the mid-way of Bidar-Bhalki road in order to establish their presence permanently.  A small shed gave shelter to the Capuchins for more than 5 years. A modest house known as “Anugraha Ashram” with only ground floor and a small chapel was blessed and inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Miranda, the bishop of Gulbarga Diocese on 30th May, 2007.   

Formation House:- Later the provincial definitory decided to construct the first floor and establish the formation stage of orientation in the Friary.  In 2008, the first batch of orientation students arrived here and completed the academic year with much difficulty and hardship.  The second batch of orientation students had to migrate to Hosanagar within 2 months of their stay here due to lack of water, hard climate and many other unbearable problems.  Hence the ever first formation house in the diocese of Gulbarga was found a great set back.   

School Ministry:- As the big house with several classrooms and halls went vacant due to the migration of Orientation Students to Hosanagar, the idea of starting a school crept in.  In the year 2010 Fr. George Monis took the challenge of starting a school in the existing building with just handful of students.  Due to the dedicated efforts of the staff and management in collaboration with the DSS sisters the school received a wider publicity.  To date, in the year 2013, the school has reached to Std. III and has strength of 248 students in six classes (Nursery, LKG, UKG, Std. I, II & III).  The arrival of the new principal Bro. Victor Crasta with his vast 15 years experience in the school ministry has given rise to new and creative ideas and the school is in the proper foothold.   

Pastoral Ministry:- The three catholic substations, viz., Siddeshwara, Huppala and Hunaji are given top priority in our apostolate.  In each we have a modest chapel and the Catholics are regularly taken care spiritually and many are helped for their educational needs.  The DSS sisters who assist the Capuchins give a strong hand in the growth and development of this mission area.  The new stations that are ministered are Kon-Melkunda, Halipparaga, Kosam, Jyanthi, Dhanura, Tegampura, Nelgi, Thanda and Khanapura will soon join our catholic fold.  In all these areas there is a strong presence of other Christian denominations and their children frequent our school for their educational needs.  By and large many of these have expressed their desire to become Catholics as they do not receive sufficient spiritual and other care from their pastors.  A modest chapel has to be erected in all these stations in order to cater to their spiritual needs if they have to be converted into our faith.  The faith formation team is doing regular spiritual ministry in these new stations.  The people too actively take part in all the spiritual activities and time and again they join in the main centre at Halbarga during the feast of their patron saint on October 4th and during the Christmas and Easter Celebrations.  The long 7 years dedicated services of Fr. Francis Fernandes, the present director cum parish priest of this area has borne fruits and has welcomed several faithful to our fold.  

Deena Sevanasabha:-  The sisters belonging  to the Nirmala Province of Deena Sevanasabha were invited by the bishop of Gulbarga Diocese to render spiritual assistance together with the parish priest to the people of God in Halbarga centre. A piece of land measuring 2 acres was purchased by the bishop of Gulbarga just adjacent to our Ashram.  A simple convent building was financed and furnished by the bishop himself and was inaugurated by Sr. Jamuna, the Assistant Superior General and blessed by his Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Miranda on 15th December 2009.  Presently three sisters reside in this convent under the leadership of Sr. Anitta and render their yeomen services to our centre, such as:- 1) ministry in our school, 2) faith formation, 2) social work.  

The Friars who rendered service at Anugraha Ashram

No

Name

From

To

Designation

01

Fr. Blaize Rodrigues

15.01.2001

21.06.2005

Superior/Parish Priest

02

Bro. Antony Monteiro

10.08.2003

16.08.2004

Member

03

Bro. Cletus Anand Santmajor

16.08.2004

15.12.2005

Member

04

Fr. Dominic Savio Viegas

21.06.2005

03.08.2008

Superior/Parish Priest

05

Fr. Gerald Viegas

15.06.2005

18.04.2006

Member

06

Fr. Maxim Nazareth

21.06.2007

01.06.2008

Member

07

Fr. Francis Xavier Fernandes

21.06.2006

25.05.2014

Parish Priest

08

Fr. Manohar D’Souza

03.08.2008

01.08.2009

Superior/Director

09

Fr. Arun Kumar

01.05.2008

01.05.2009

Asst. Director

10

Fr. Archie Lewis

03.07.2008

01.08.2009

Spiritual Director

11

Bro. Vijesh Lyod Menezes

24.06.2009

08.08.2009

Regent

12

Bro. Prashanth Noronha

20.06.2009

06.08.2009

Regent

13

Fr. George Monis

21.05.2010

26.05.2013

Superior/ Principal

14

Fr. Lourdswamy

18.04.2011

till date

Member

15

Bro. Victor Crasta

26.05.2013

till date

Superior/Principal

16

Fr. Joslie Francis D’Silva

25.05.2014

till date

Parish Priest

AIMS & OBJECTIVES :

  1. To provide a sound education of both mind and body and the development of character in every pupil.

  2. All round development of our students intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual abilities.

  3. Fostering critical thinking, creative ability and intellectual excellence.

  4. Formation of good Indian Citizens, deeply loyal to God and the country.

  5. Development of concern towards the poor and the weak.

  6. Solidarity as an Institution without caste or communal prejudices.

  7. Cultivate values like truth, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, love, honesty, justice and concern for others.

  8. Show respect to every religion and have tolerance in day-to-day interactions with the neighbours

 

A N N O U N C E M E N T S




Officials


Bp. Robert Michael Miranda

Gulbarga Diocese


Rev. Dr. Fr. John Alwyn Dias
President, CEB

 
Rev. Fr. Robin Victor
D’ Souza
Executive Secretary, CEB


Fr. Vijesh Loyed Menezes,
 Treasurer, C E B


Fr. Vincent Balaraj
Principal
Anugraha School


Fr. George Monis

Founder & First Principal
Anugraha, School