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New Presbytery Inaugurated in Pavagada Mission by Archbishop Peter Machado

Pavagada, Tumkur, January 15, 2024: The dawn of the new year has brought a shower of blessings to the St. Francis Xavier Mission in Pavagada as Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Bangalore, inaugurated the newly constructed presbytery. This momentous occasion marks a significant milestone achieved through the dedicated efforts of numerous priests, religious, and the unwavering support of Archbishop Machado.

During the inauguration ceremony, Archbishop Machado expressed his admiration for the steadfast faith of the people and extended his heartfelt appreciation to all those who contributed to the realization of this dream. He dedicated the presbytery to the people of Pavagada, emphasizing its significance as a beacon of hope and service, especially in a region where the Christian presence is relatively small. He urged the community to make the best use of this new facility, which stands as a testament to the mission's commitment to serving all people, regardless of their religious beliefs.

In his address, Archbishop Machado lauded the exemplary service of the religious in the mission, highlighting their dedication to the local school and community. He specifically commended the efforts of Rev. Fr. Dr. Kodavatikanti Raja Rao, the mission moderator, who, in his simplicity, lived among the people in a rented house, reaching out to everyone with compassion and care.

The joyous occasion was further enhanced by the presence of Msgr. Jayanathan and the clergy from the Tumkur deanery Rev. Fr. Jesuraj, SCJ, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Tiptur, Rev. Fr. Thomas Simon Lobo, SAC, Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Sannenahalli, and others whose support and participation doubled the jubilation of the Pavagada community. The people of Pavagada expressed their delight in meeting and greeting Archbishop Machado, marking this event as a memorable and cherished moment in the history of their mission.

The inauguration of the new presbytery stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the Archdiocese of Bangalore to its mission of service and underscores its dedication to enriching the lives of the people it serves.

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