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Regional Chairman

Most Rev. Peter Paul Saldanha

Most Rev. Peter Paul Saldanha (Bishop of Mangalore)

 Bishop’s House, Kodialbail Post, Dakshina Kannada,

Mangalore – 575 003.  Karnataka

Mobile No: 9741553052

Email : [email protected]/ [email protected] 


Fr. George Vincent Lobo

Fr. George Vincent Lobo

Regional Secretary

Regional Pastoral Centre / Kross, Post Box 8427 no. 58/6, 2nd Cross,  Da Costa Layout,

Wheeler road  Extension, Bengaluru – 560084

Mobile No: 09448895493

Email: [email protected]

SL No Diocese Name of Secretary Address Mobile/Email Full Time/Part Time/Contact Person
1. Bangalore Fr  Susairaj  P,


Our Lady of Victories Church, Champion Reefs, KGF – 563117 Tel:9880745085 // 08153-274507

[email protected]

Part Time
2. Belgaum Fr. Arun Fernandes,


Immaculate Conception Church, B C 149 Camp, Belagavi 590001 Tel: 9535305321

[email protected]

Part Time
3 Bellary Fr. Jose Prakash,


Bellary Arogya Matha Shrine, Maria Nagar, Cantonment Bellary – 583 104 Tel 6362780587

[email protected]

Part Time
4 Belthangady Fr.  Thomas

Puthiyara, (shibi)


Family Apostolate, Jnananilaya Pastoral Centre, Udayanagar, Belthangady – 574214 Tel: 9480528966 [email protected] Part Time
5 Bhadravathi Fr.  Tomy  NJ,


Bishop’s House, St Joseph’s Church, Sagar Road, Shivamogga, 577204 Tel: 876201527

Email: [email protected]

Part Time
6 Chikkamagalur Fr.  John Paul


Bishop’s House, Jyothi Nilaya, Jyothi Nagar, , Chikkamagalur Tel:       9481769830 [email protected]


Part Time
7 Gulbarga Fr. Vincent Thoras


Bishop’s House, Kripalaya, Kothanoor Village, Nandikur Post, Kalaburgi – 585102 Tel : 9483441272

[email protected]

Part Time
8 Karwar Fr. Reagan



Diocesan Pastoral Centre,Puneeth Sadan, Shirwad, Karwar – 581306 Tel :     8277786549

[email protected]

Part Time
9 Mangalore Fr. Joachim


Shanthi Kiran, Pastoral Institute, Bajjodi, Mangalore 575005 Tel:9448623265

[email protected]

Part Time
10 Mysore Fr.  Edwin


Bihop’s House, Mother Theresa Road (B N Rd), Lashkar Mohalla, Mysuru 570001 Tel: 9448976846

[email protected]

Part Time
11 Puttur Fr.  Thomas Kuzhinapuram


Shanthi Bhavan, Catholic Bishop’s House, Parladka, Putturu P O – 574201 Tel: 9148950173 // 9108922773


Part Time
12 Shimoga Fr. Venus Praveen Colaco,


Chaitanya, Alkola Circle, Sagar Road, Gopala Post – Shimoga – 577205 Tel: 9449552673

Email:  [email protected]

Part Time
13 Udupi Fr.  Harold Pereira,


Bishop’s House, Church Road, Udupi – 576101 Tel:       9740943528

Email:   [email protected]

Part Time

The History of SCCs in Karnataka Region:

The SCCs coordination work in Karnataka region was started in the year 2005. Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Most Rev Dr. Aloysius Paul Dsouza is the chairperson .KRCBC (Karnataka Roman Catholic Bishops Conference) appointed Rev. Fr. Gilbert Dsouza,  a priest from Mangalore Diocese  as the first part-time secretary  and then in 2011, Fr. Harold Pereira has a full time Secretary for SCC Commission.  Karnataka region consists of 14 dioceses: Archdiocese of Bangalore, Badravathi (Syro-Malabar) Diocese, Belgaum Diocese, Bellary Diocese, Belthangady (Syro-Malabar) Diocese, Chikmagalur Diocese, Gulbarga Diocese, Karwar Diocese, Mangalore Diocese, Mandya (Syro-Malabar) Diocese, Mysore Diocese, Puttur (Syro-Malankara) Diocese, Shimoga Diocese, and Udupi Diocese.

There is a newly inaugurated (13thNov 2012) Regional Office of Commission for SCCs in KRPC (Karnataka Regional Pastoral Centre) at Bangalore.
There is a five members Regional Resource Team (KRRT), came into existence on 18th Sept.2012.
There is a Regional Council for SCCs consisting of 16 members, came into existence on 10th November 2011.

At the regional level, besides Council meetings, Directors meet and TOT (Trainers Training) training programs are held annually.
Ample of SCC material has been translated in Local Language (Kannada).
In the year of faith , the lessons prepared and sent by the NRT for SCCs have been given to the Directors of each diocese and copies of  PORTA FEDEI have been distributed to the lay faithful.
Pastoral course on SCCs is been conducted in the Seminary and other religious formation houses.
There is a Regional SCC News letter called COMMUNION which is printed frequently and circulated to all the dioceses of the region. So far three issues of Communion Newsletter have been brought out.

Vision Statement:
A communion of Communities where neighbors live life in fullness centered on the Word of God & the Eucharist.
Mission Statement
Establish, empower and sustain SCC in every neighborhood by

  • Encouraging living the Word of God and Eucharist.
  • Promoting relatedness leading to a community that is sharing and caring.
  • Building shared, non domineering leadership at all levels.

By 31st of December 31, 2014, all the parishes of the region have at least 2 SCCs which are regularly functioning.

  • Every Ddiocese in Karnataka to have a team of collaborators with the Directors promoting the cause of SCC by 31st December, 2014.
  • A minimum of three days Pastoral Course on promotion of SCCs to be incorporated into the curriculum of the Seminaries and the Formation Houses of Religious giving scope for a practical experience during their formation by 2014.
  • By the end of 2014 every priest, religious and 50% of the lay faithful in Karnataka to be given the clear knowledge of SCCs based on a standard module prepared by the Commission.
  • Every SCCs unit in Karnataka to have at least one eligible and committed animators who build the SCCs by the end of 2014.
  • All the parishes in Karnataka to have at least two SCC units, and are functioning effectively by 31st December 2014.

The list of the Regional SCC Council

01. Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul Dsouza [Chairperson, Mangalore Diocese]
02. Fr. Lourdusamy                [ KRPPIC Coordinator ]
03. Fr. Harold Pereira             [ Regional Secretary   ]
04. Sr. Emilia Monteiro SMI    [ Regional Joint Secretary]
05. Fr. Stanley Dsouza          [ Belgaum Diocese ]
06. Fr. Shantraj                      [ Chickmagalur Diocese ]
07. Fr. Austin Fernandes          [ Gulbarga Diocese ]
08. Fr. Susairaj                        [ Bangalore Archdiocese ]
09. Sr. Mabel Dsouza,           [ Mangalore Diocese ]
10. Mr. Arockiadas                 [ Bangalore Archdiocese ]
11. Mr. Paul Fernandes           [ Shimoga Diocese]
12. Ms Anitha                         [ Chikmagalur Diocese]
13. Fr. Duming Dias                [ Shimoga Diocese, nominated]
14. Fr.  Walter Dsouza          [ Mangalore Diocese, nominated]
15. Mr. V. M. Francis             [Bangalore Archdiocese, nominated]
16. Mr. Marcellus Fernandez   [Bangalore Archdiocese, nominated]

Names, Addresses, email ids and phone numbers of the Diocesan SCC Commission Secretaries of Karnataka Region- 2013

Diocese Secretary Address Phone no & Email id
Bangalore Fr Susairaj St. Thomas Church
HAL, Jeevan Bhima Nagar,
Bangalore 560 075
[email protected]
Belgaum Fr. Stanely DSouza Sevalaya,
Dr. Da Ra Bendre Road,
Dharwad -580 008
[email protected]
Belthangady Fr. Jocob Peddikayail St. Joseph Church
Gundiya Post
Shiradi – 574 229
[email protected]
Bellary Fr.Anil Kumar Christ the King Church,
Gajendragada Road
Koppal District
Pin- 583 277
[email protected]
Chikmagalur Fr. Shantraj Assumption Church
M. Dasapura
Akkanahalli  Koodu post
Via Nuggehalli, Hassan Dist. 573 131
[email protected]
Gulbarga Fr.Clary DSouza Milagris, St.Anthonys Ashram Latur Road,
Hulsoor Post-585 416
Basavakalyan Tq, Bidar Dist.
[email protected]


Karwar Fr.Edwin DSouza Our Lady of Piety
Halga Post
Karwar Dist 581 328
[email protected]
Mangalore Fr. Walter DSouza Shanti Kiran
Mangalore -575 005
[email protected]
Mysore Fr. Prashant Kumar St. Johns College
M C Road
Church compound
Mandya -571 401
[email protected]
Shimoga Fr Duming Dias St Thomas Church
P J Extension
Davanagere 577 002
[email protected]
18 Commissions Coordinator Fr. Lourdusamy T Regional Pastoral Centre
58/6, P B 8427,
2nd Cross, Da Cost Layout, Wheeler road Ext. Bangalore -84

[email protected]

Statistics of SCCs in Karnataka


Name of Diocese

Year of Estb.

No of parishes

No of parishes with SCCs

No of SCCs

No of Parishes with

PPC elected from SCC

1 Bangalore 1999 135 22 62 — 2 —
2. Belthangady 2007 51 48 250
3. Bellary 1997 43 11 53
4. Belgaum 1998 44 15 77
5. Chikmagalur 1993 40 20 166
6. Gulbarga 2008 26 12 41
7. Mangalore 1987 113 107 1116 107
8. Udupi 1987 47 44 434 44
9. Mysore 1998 74 26 52
10 Karwar 2010 77 —- —-
11 Shimoga 1999 38 38 241 —-
12 Bhadravathi 13 13
13 Mandya 6 —-
14 Puttur 21
Total 728 356 2492 153

Regional SCCs Program plan for the year 2014




23-24th Jan 2014 SCC Course for Deacons of Archdiocese Bangalore
25.01.2014 One day Training for the Animators Bangalore
02.02.2014 One day SCC training at Parapaddy parish Udupi Diocese
19.02.2014 DAT  training Shimoga
02.03.2014 SCC one day training Bunkal Parish, Chikmagalur
09.03.2014 SCC Day at Bhalki Centre Gulbarga
14  to 18th 2014 National Council meeting Mysore
27.04.2014 Animators training program Karwar
15.05.2014 SCCs training : Priests/ Religious/Laity Bangalore
11.06.2014 Regional Resource Team Meeting KRPC , Bangalore
12.06.2014 SCCs Directors Meet KRPC , Bangalore
22.07.2014 SCC Training for the seminarians and the novices. Bangalore/Mangalore
29.08.2014 A seminar on the role of an animator Bangalore
17.09.2014 Trainers training program KRPC, Bangalore
25.09.2014 Regional Resource Team Meeting KRPC, Bangalore
02.10.2014 Regional Secretarys visit Gulbarga
23.10.2014 Regional Secretarys visit Belgaum
14.11.2014 Regional Council meeting KRPC, Bangalore
10.12.2014 Regional Resource Team meeting Bangalore



  • Because of the SCCs the tangible growth is seen in the lives of the faithful:
  • The growth is seen in three levels: In the parish, in the diocese and in the region besides the personal growth in faith.

In the parish:

  • The members of the  SCCs unit are growing in  understanding that the SCCs is an extended family.
  • An emerging and rotating leadership is seen.
  • People meet regularly and the SCC unit has become a forum for local issues to discus and sort out issues. There is a growing unity  among the faithful.
  • People read and reflect the Word of God through the Seven Steps Gospel sharing  method and share the Word and take up service  activities, even they  reach out to the people of other faith.
  • Since the Sunday liturgy is planned in SCCs units and it becomes more participatory and meaningful.
  • Having seen the all-round growth of people of a SCCs parish, the neighboring parishes have initiated SCCs in their parish too.
  • Number of trained animators and team members are giving constant inspiration and motivation and keep spreading the SCCs in other parishes.

At the diocese level

  • Various parish animators come together and share their experiences and  learn and   plan together.
  • So far five Diocesan SCCs conventions have taken place and that have given the people a feeling of belongingness and motivation.
  • The several Residential Training  Program on SCCs have been very effective in convincing people about the nature, goals and  mechanisms of SCCs.

At the Region level:

  • Various diocesan animators come together and share their experiences and  success stories and keep net working, as a result  team spirit is built up among the animators.
  • The regional Bishops have accepted SCCs as a pastoral priority in their respective dioceses.
  • It gives much satisfaction to see Priests, Religious and Laity working as co- workers to build Kingdom of God through SCCs.
  • Modules are made available in regional languages.
  • Many dioceses have come forward to start SCCs in their dioceses. Several dioceses have appointed a part timer directors and even formed  a  Diocesan Team to promote the SCCs.
  • The Karnataka region is very well networking with the National  SCCS director and National Service Team (NST).
  • It is very much satisfying to see that people from other regions come to the dioceses of Karnataka for an exposure in the SCCs.

The History of SCCs in Mangalore Diocese

SCC was initiated around the year 1986 when the Pastoral Institute of Bajjodi was set up. Fr. Alphonse D Lima guided a  couple of priests who took initiative in introducing SCC to the ongoing formation of the Junior clergy.

In the 1987 Diocesan Consultation, the entire diocese accepted SCC as the priority project for the mission of the laity. A detailed blue print was prepared, and priests were oriented about the nature, goals, and mechanisms of SCC. The diocese conducted a ten-day Lumko training program, using the necessary literature, charts, and lessons on Lumko methods produced by the Bombay Diocesan team.

In 1990, Fr. Arthur Pereira, the appointed director of the Pastoral Institute, set  the  SCC work in motion. He trained parish animators, translated many AsIPA books and Lumko lessons into the local language, Konkani and produced seven books, as well as four audio cassettes with the SCC songs.At a one-day training program at he parish level, attended by about 100 participants, the parish priest was recognized as one of the resources to ensure the continuity of SCC work. The systematic and sustained effort made by the different parishes created a tradition for SCC ministry.
In 2004, Fr. Gilbert DSouza took over as SCC director. In no time. The Karnataka Regional Pastoral Plan set up 16 commissions, SCC being one of them.

One strong component in the Mangalore SCCs is the three-day residential training camp, mostly taking place at the Pastoral Institute. Each training camp has an average of 50 participants, who would get an experience of community living along with theoretical knowledge.
Each SCC in Mangalore Diocese has a lay leader called gurkar, who, with the bishops approval, works for five years. One member of the Parish Central Committee is officially designed to represent the parish priest at SCC meetings.

At present, SCC meetings are held monthly, mostly on Sundays, with around 30 persons attending. The 7-step Gospel sharing method is regularly followed, with concrete service action of attending to the needs of the community members. Various ways are used to foster community building:  group games, cultural programs, exposure to other SCCs, and the annual SCC day celebration.

A full-time director ran the SCCs in the Mangalore Diocese from 1990 to 2010. Now there is a part time director, Fr. Walter D Souza who runs the SCCs in the diocese. Around 30 coordinators assist the director to implement their SCC plans. The Diocesan Animation Team (DAT) of 10 persons and   the Varado Animation Team (VAT) of 10 persons and the Parish Animation Team (PAT) of 8-10 persons are formed to handle the ongoing formation of leaders both at the parish and the SCC levels.

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