Udupi: The just rebuilt Catholic church of Immaculate Conception Church, Gangolli, whose history dates to 387 years, is all set to be inaugurated and rededicated on May 18. Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese will bless and inaugurate the new Church. Later the Bishop will offer the first Eucharistic service in the new church assisted by Rev Dr Robert Miranda Bishop of Gulbarga, priests, nuns, and thousands of people - Christians as well as non-Christians. A felicitation and honouring function will be held after the Holy Mass.
The Immaculate Conception Church is one of the most loved, revered, spiritual and historical early churches of the recent Mangalore Diocese. It is situated 100kms away from Mangaluru city and is now a part of Diocese of Udupi. The renovation project’s contract was given to a well-known expert and builder Ronald S A Castelino of Roy Constructions, Mangaluru.
According to parish priest Fr Albert Crasta parish the history of Church dates back to 1629. It is said Portuguese Commander, Dom Miguel Noronha conquered Gangolli and built a fortress dedicated it to St Michael and a church dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. But in 1630, the church was rededicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Fr George de Concessao and Fr Francis Cordeiro of the Franciscan Order used to offer mass here. In 1757 the Portuguese had to leave Gangolli and the church was destroyed. Chennammaji, the Queen of Keladi might have donated the place where the present church stands, to build a church.
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