History of the Sneha Sadan Convent
Halbarga, Bhalki, Bidar

Religious Sisters belonging to the congregation of Dinasevanasabha from Nirmala Province, Mysore, Karnataka expanded the activities to the rural areas where there is a great need to care and support the poor women and children and to provide health care and educational backups.

By the constant invitations from His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Miranda, the Bishop of Gulbarga, Dinasevanasabha from Nirmala Province opened Sneha Sadan Convent for the service of the poor on 15th December, 2009 at Halbarga, Bhalki Taluk in Bidar district. The bishop had been inviting us since two years to start a convent in his diocese mainly for the faith formation for the scattered catholic families. Since it was a rural area and apt for our charism, we accepted his invitation to start a convent. Bishop bought the land and built a convent and dug a bore well too.

The convent building was built and blessed by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Miranda and inaugurated by Sr. Jamuna, the Assistant Superior General. Sr. Emestina, the Provincial Superior, Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Bernadette, the Councilors were present on the occasion. There was a solemn Holy mass concelebrated by Msgr. Leo Viegas, Episcopal Vicar, Fr. Santhosh and the bishop being the main celebrant. Several priests, religious and parishioners also participated in the Holy Mass and the function thereafter. This function was arranged by the parish priest Rev. Fr. Francis Fernandes, OFM Cap. and all the dignitaries were honoured during this function.

Bidar district in Karnataka state belongs to the diocese of Gulbarga. Halbarga village panchayat accommodates around 8000 people as a whole in 650 families. They belong to 25 castes and scheduled castes. It is a region of linguistic multiplicity. The commonly used languages are Kannada, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu. Halbarga mission station under the care of Capuchin Fathers is having three catholic villages and six Christian villages. The convent is situated in 2 acres of land which was purchased by the Bishop.

Parish Activities:- The sisters together with the parish priest collaborate in home visiting, prayer meeting, catechism classes and other pious associations. By living in this non Christian area the sisters witness Jesus Christ who lived among the suffering, poor and needy in the spirit and charism of Dinasevanasabha according to the teaching of Mother Petra. They witness as living gospels among the large non-Christian flock with their exemplary consecrated life. There are lots of things to be done for the people which certainly demand suffering and hard work. Dinasevanasabha sisters are always ready in Halbarga with great enthusiasm and zeal to do good to others especially the poor. Accepting the invitation from the bishop to engage in social work Sr. Thushara was sent and started social work in the year 2011 in 8 villages. Presently one sister works in the school with the capuchin fathers as a full time teacher, the second one works as a social worker and the last one as a faith formator.

No

Name

Designation

year

Remarks

01

Sr. Reena

Superior

2009 – 2011

 

02

Sr. Angela

Member

2009 – 2010

 

03

Sr. Juliana

Member

2009 – 2010

 

04

Sr. Ramya

Member

2010 -

7 months

05

Sr. Jincy

Member

2010 – 2011

Left for good

06

Sr. Salda

Member

2011 -

3 months

07

Sr. Jeevalatha

Member

2010 – 2012

 

08

Sr. Thushara

Member

2011 – 2012  

 

09

Sr. Claret

Superior

2011 – 2013

 

10

Sr. Anitta

Member

2012 – 2013

 

11

Sr. Anitta

Superior

2013 -

Till date

12

Sr. Salda

Member

2012 -

Till date

13

Sr. Mahitha

Member

2013 -

Till date

14

Sr. Preshitha Superior

2014 -

27.05.2014

 

15

Sr. Emilda Member

2014-

25.05.2014

 


 

 

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