Bishop Jerald Isaac Lobo appointed first Bishop of New Udupi Diocese

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By Fr Francis Rodrigues, Raknno

Mangalore, 16 Jul 2012: Long awaited new diocese of Udupi was announced today July 16th afternoon at 3.30 p.m. simultaneously at Kallianpur-Milagres Church, our Lady of Dolours Chapel of Bishops House of Mangalore Diocese, Nunciature New Delhi and Holy See Vatican (12 noon). This announcement was done today being the day of feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


Most Rev. Dr Jerald Isaac Lobo of Shimoga Diocese is appointed as the first of new diocese by Pope Benedict XVI.


In Kallianpur – Milagros Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore announced the new Diocese. Vicar General Msgr Denis Prabhu and Chancellor Fr Henry Sequeira announced the same in Mangalore.



The new Diocese of Udupi is compressed of 48 parishes belonging to Karkal, Shirva, Udupi, Kallianpur and Kundapur deaneries. According to the canonist and Chancellor Fr Henry Sequeira the new Bishop will have to take charge of the new Diocese within next two months.


According to Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore there is huge potential and leadership in diocese of Udupi towards the pastoral and social growth.


According to Vicar General Msgr Denis Prabhu,  the Diocese of Mangalore has a history of more than 5 centuries. The faith of the people has grown ever since 1515. It has served in the initial years the faithful of the  Dioceses of Calicut, Kannur, Gulbaga and six Syro Malabar- Malankara Dioceses before they were established.


According to him if the Diocese of Udupi would have been established together with Karwar it would have far excelled by now than all other Dioceses of Karnataka. More over the faith was handed over to us from Goa through Gangolli, Kundapur etc parishes which belong to Udupi.


According to Fr Pius D’Souza, the Episcopal Vicar for the religious of Mangalore Diocese there is a scope for fresh and inspired beginning in the new Diocese. The Diocese is already set with strong faith. Being so the formation of faith is easy and more fruitful.


According to Fr Peter Cyprian D’Souza a Capuchin priest there is lot of love, concern, life and spirit of unity in the parishes of Udupi. Being so it will have express growth.


According to Sr Cecilia Mendonca the president of Catholic Religious of India (CRI) this is a great gift to the Diocese of Mangalore on the occasion of its Post Centenary Silver Jubilee.


According to Fr Herald D’Souza a diocesan priest together with the announcement of the Diocese of Udupi, the Mangalore Diocese should have been erected as an arch-Diocese comprising of all the Konkani Dioceses of Karnataka. Because the Konkani culture, lifestyle and pattern of functioning is quite unique and different from others.


According to Jerald D’Costa the secretary of the Mangalore Diocesan Parishad this is big news for the Christians of Mangalore as well as Udupi. The new Diocese means scope for new development, new openings and new leadership.



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Gracy Pinto., Bantwal Jacribettu,/Mumbai Fri, July-27-2012, 12:31
Dear Bishop Jerald Lobo,Congratulations! It is a very happy news for all of us on hearing that U have been chosen as the Bishop of Udipi Diocese. We pray that Almighty God our Blessed Mother MAry keeps you in good health and the strength to carry out all the responsibilities in your new assignment.
Vanitha D’souza, Madikettu,belle Wed, July-18-2012, 8:35

Best wishes and hearty congratulations to our new bishop.

sr. Theresa Serqueira B.S., M\\ belle/ Neerude Wed, July-18-2012, 1:41
Congratulation. Wish you all the best With prayerful support.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Tue, July-17-2012, 6:33
After 125 years of urban Mangalore centric focus, the local church stands at crossroads. Very few religious, educational and other related institutions are sited within the territories of the new diocese. The potential left untapped for years will require building them for which resources, mainly financial,required. Hope some equitable devolvement will come into its treasury from parent, province and higher..and do not leave us a poor cousin of the erstwhile combined household.
B.Dolphus Pinto, Thottam. Tue, July-17-2012, 5:44
Congratulations Bishop Jearald. May Almighty GOD bless us.May the new diocese develop under your guidance unite us to build Strong faith in Jesus Christ. Dolphy,Thottam/Bangalore.
Bro.Philip Noronha csc, Moodubelle/ Salem Tue, July-17-2012, 4:29
Indeed its a great joy and responsibility for the Catholics of Udupi diocese. As we celebrate this gift of God for all the faithful people, lets remember our missionaries and forefathers who handed down this great faith and rich traditions to us. Now its our responsibility to make the diocese a vibrant which caters for the socio, economic and spiritual needs of the people. In an communally sensitive civil district lets be ambassadors of peace and brotherhood. May God Bless our Chief Shepherd Bishop Lobo, all the priest, religious and laity.
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Tue, July-17-2012, 3:53
New Diocese comes into existence!!! Congratulations Bishop Jerald Isaac Lobo on your new challenging appointment as the First Bishop of Udupi Diocese. Long cherished dream of the faithful of this part of the community has been realized. Am sure by the grace of God and the combined support and efforts, the newly appointed Bishop will sure be able to take everyone along for the all round development of the new Udupi Diocese and welfare of all communities of the district. It's great news, especially for the catholic community of Udupi, Kundapur and Karkala region. Congratulations to all the people of Udupi diocese.
Fr.MaxPPinto,Capuchin, Paladka/Moodubelle Tue, July-17-2012, 12:17
Congratulations and Best wishes to our own Bishop Jerald Isaac Lobo.. ."You are the light of the world ¦let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven-Mt,5:14¦On hearing the good news of your appointment as the first Bishop of New Udupi Diocese, Our hearts filled with joy. Dear Bishop, you are girded with the power of the Holy Spirit You bring along with you a lot of energy, commitment hope to endless people joy to all. You are a true leader, a chosen one. People of Udupi Diocese will soon find you as a People s person, a Teacher, and a true good Shepherd. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord, be with you. Wish you all the best and every success in your ministry as the Shepherd of Udupi Diocese. "You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."2Tim,2:1. WE ASSURE YOU OUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT>>>Fr.Maxim Peter Pinto and Community, ASSISI NILAYA, Moodubelle, Udupi. .
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Mon, July-16-2012, 10:20
Declaration of Diocese of Udupi was a long pending demand of the fiathful, has now been fulfilled. I am indeed very proud because years ago I had written to the Bishop of Mangalore demanding such a step , more specifically when Bisho Lobo was installed at Shimoga, amidst stormy opposition. The suggestion was to devide Mangalore diocese into THREE Udupi, Mangalore and Puttur (including Kasargod Taluk) so that Bishop Lobo be shifted to One of these and One from the Kannada region be appointed as bishop which was the cause for the turmoil on that day. Any how the much awaited demand has been met. Udupi is New Diocese. Yet my feeling is that Puttur may also be made a diocese covering Sullia and Kasargod Taluks. Gods farm is wide and aspirants are also more. Let the mission of evangelization spread far and wide. Should there be any restrictions for this evangelization? Why think narrowely? Be generous at least on this aspect please. Money is not every thing. There is no dearth for money for God\ s work. Think Big and be blessed my dear religious leaders please. God will bless you for using your power, position and authority, for the sake of the faithful.
Joy lobo, moodubelle/mangalore Mon, July-16-2012, 10:17
Ashok Rebello, Doha Mon, July-16-2012, 8:51
Let us thank and praise God, The long awaited dream of udupi diocese has come has reality.All the best and prayerful wishes to new diocese
Francis D mello, Karkala / Dubai Mon, July-16-2012, 8:40
It is great news for people of Udupi. I am sure this will be blessing for people of Udupi and surroundings. I congratulate Bishop Jerald Lobo on being chosen lead the diocese. May things change for better in years to come!
E J D SOUZA, MOODUBELLE Mon, July-16-2012, 8:32
congratulations bishop Jerald Lobo.It is a great news in the history of catholics living in Udupi dist.However,Moodubelle and Kunthala nagar churches should be reverted back to Shirva ward/varado.In the earlier years our people would visit Shirva church for sunday mass and for all other religious requirements.Also,our ancestors birth/death or other records available only at Shirva and not at Udupi varado.I hope his highness will do the needful in this regard.
Lavina Barboza, Mumbai Mon, July-16-2012, 8:13
Dear Lordship, Cogratulations and all the Best. Wonderful News.May God bless you abudantly for carrying out this great task.
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Mon, July-16-2012, 8:04
Great news for us people of Udupi area and now we have our own Diocese. It was indeed a long awaited dream come true. It will surely help Catholics of Udupi in many counts. Congrats to Bishop Gerry being appointed as first bishop of Udupi Diocese and wishing for his success as first Shepard of Udupi flock. This day will be written in Golden Letters in the history of Udupi. CONGRATS TO ALL CATHOLICS OF UDUPI PARISHES. LET THIS BE NEW BEGINNING TO US ALL AND LET US WORK UNITEDLY FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS DIOCESE IN THE YEARS TO COME.
Shobha Pinto, Bombay Mon, July-16-2012, 7:59
Congratulations Bp. Gerald I. Lobo on being appointed as First Bishop of the Udupi Diocese. May the new diocese develop under your able guidance and wish you all the best in your new assignment!!
Victor D Souza, Moodubelle Mon, July-16-2012, 7:54
Congratulations Bishop Jerald Lobo, on being chosen as the first Bishop of Udupi diocese. We pray that the Almighty God our Blessed Mother Mary grants you good health, strength grace to carry out all the responsibilities peacefully in your new assignment.
Rohan Fernandes, Dubai Mon, July-16-2012, 7:50
Very good news for all of us the catholics of Udupi Diocease. May almightg god bless us ,guide us and unite us to build strong faith in Jesus Christ.
Melwyn D Souza, Udupi Mon, July-16-2012, 7:45
It s indeed a great news. Best Wishes to Catholics of Udupi Diocese. May God bless Bishop Jerald Lobo as he takes up the mission of leading the people of God of the new UDUPI Diocese.
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