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The Bailhongal mission was officially handed over to SVD by the Bishop of Belgum Diocese, Rt. Rev. Peter Machado on 8th June 2011 in the presence of INM provincial Fr. Lazar Stanislaus SVD, Fr. Edward Cyril Alphonso SVD (Mission Moderator), Fr. Walter Dency Mendonca SVD (Ast. Mission Moderator) and ten other priests from the diocese, religious and the lay faithful. Though the mission presently has only four catholic families, there is great scope for the proclamation of the Word in the area. After studying the place for a few months and searching for an appropriate ministry the SVD fathers have begun a ‘SVD Computer education and English Learning Centre' in the rented premises.

The expansion of SVD in our non-Christian context is visualized as 'Sarva Vidya Deepa' which in Kannada means the light of education to all. Through this centre an attempt has been made to reach out to the poorest of the poor students in the area. The centre was inaugurated on 4th of June 2012 and the classes began on 5th. In the first batch there were 35 students in 7 batches for computer and 15 in two batches for English speaking course. Along with the basic computer skills DTP and Tally is also taught within a period of 2-3 months. BPL card holders are given preference. There is plan to expand the ministry to the neighboring villages as well.

Staff at Bailhongal Mission
Solomon Reddy (Mission Moderator)

Computer class office
The Director,
SVD Computer Education Centre
Opp. Gombegudi,
Bajaar Road,
Bailhongal, 591 102
Belgaum, Karnataka.

St. Francis Xavier’s Church
Mission Moderator
C/O Carmel Nivas,
Devalapur Road,
Bailhongal- 591 102
Belgaum District, Karnataka.
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