Fr Benjamin Dsouza: A man for Inter Religious Dialogue passes away at 84

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Rev. Fr Benjamin D'Souza

MANGALORE, AUGUST 09: A noble person known for Inter religious dialogue in Bidar, Rev. Fr Benjamin D’Souza passed away at the day break on Tuesday, August 09, 2022 at 5.45 a.m. in Father Muller Hospital, Kankanady, Mangalore.

Fr Benjamin D’Souza hailing from Kayyar parish in Kasaragod district was born to Peter D’Souza and Catherine Rodrigues on February 20, 1939. He was ordained priest for the diocese of Mangalore on December 2, 1964. He was 84 when he breathed his last.

Fr Benjamin D’Souza, a priest of the diocese of Mangalore, served as an assistant parish priest at Angelore and parish priest at Arva, Venur, Ferar, Barkur and Tallur.

He was sent on a mission to Balki, Bidar in 1980s.

As a director of Satyanubhava Inter Religious Dialogue Centre Basavakalyana, Bidar, Gulbarga diocese for 5 years (2009-2014), Fr Benjamin worked earnestly to promote dialogue, understanding and co-operation among religions in Bidar. By organising unique programmes under Inter Religious Dialogue, he tried to bring unity, peace, development and happiness among people of all faith.

Fr Benjamin retired from active ministry in 2017 and was residing at St Zuze Vaz Home, Jeppu, Mangalore.

The Funeral Mass and Burial Service of Rev. Fr Benjamin D’Souza will be held on Wednesday 10.08.2022 at 10.30 a.m. in Christ the King Church, Kayyar, Kasargod.

We raise our hearts and minds in prayer for the respose of his soul. May the Lord count him among his elect and grant him eternal rest.

Year               Designation Place

 1965              Asst. PP Angelore

 1966              Chapline St Antony

 1968              Chapline Belve Colony

 1970              Parish Priest, Arwa

 1980               PP Venur

                        Mission Balki (Bidar)

 1986               PP Ferar

 1994               PP Barkur

 2001               PP Tallur

 2009             Diocese of Gulbarga

 2017              Retired St Zuze Vaz

A few gliplses of his Inter Religious programmes collected from a booklet which he intended to publish remians unpublished.

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